Media Release: TT100 awards show innovation is alive and thriving in SA (Winner Announcement)

Media Release

28 October 2016

 

TT100 awards show innovation is alive and thriving in SA

Despite widespread pessimism over South Africa’s skills shortages and economic prospects, the country has a thriving culture of business innovation capable of flourishing in adversity. This was abundantly clear at the 2016 TT100 Business Innovation Awards, where the quality of the award winners revealed the depth of innovation in South African companies of all sizes, from emerging and small enterprises to medium and large.

From car-locking systems that won’t let the driver behind the wheel if over the limit to technology that ensures the integrity of cleaning procedures in the food and beverages industry, the achievements of the winners showed how companies are putting their talents to work to overcome uniquely South African challenges.

The 2016 TT100 awards – the 25th edition since the programme was established in 1991 – were presented at the Johannesburg Country Club on Thursday, 27 October, under the auspices of TT100: The Da Vinci Institute School of Managerial Leadership. Da Vinci’s awards partners are the Department of Science and Technology, MTN and Eskom.

Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor gave the keynote address and presented the awards, which recognised top-performing companies in four main categories: management of technology, management of innovation, management of people, and management of systems and sustainability.

In each category, awards were presented to the top emerging, small, medium and large companies.

In addition, four special awards from the Minister and Director-General of Science and Technology were presented for overall excellence.   

Here are the 2016 winners and finalists in each category:

MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY

Emerging enterprise

WINNER:  SVA Innovate Pty (Ltd)

Finalists: RocketMine Aerial Data Solutions

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                Niche Integrated Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Small enterprise

WINNER: Technetium (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: X/procure Software SA (Pty) Ltd

                Agilitude

                COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

                Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd

Medium enterprise

WINNER: Cornastone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: SSG Consulting

                 Accsys (Pty) Ltd

Large enterprise

WINNER: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Finalists: De Beers Technologies South  Africa (DebTech)

                 PFK Electronics

 

MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION CATEGORY

 

Emerging enterprise

WINNER: SVA Innovate Pty (Ltd)

Finalists: IoT.nxt (Pty) Ltd

                Tuluntulu (Pty) Ltd

Small enterprise

WINNER: COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: Technetium (Pty) Ltd

                X/procure Software SA (Pty) Ltd

                Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd

                Khonology

               LucidView (Pty) Ltd

               BOSS Office Projects(Pty) Ltd

               Systemic Logic Innovation Agency (Pty) Ltd

Medium enterprise

WINNER: Cornastone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: Accsys (Pty) Ltd

                SSG Consulting

Large enterprise

WINNER: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Finalists: De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech)

                Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd

MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE CATEGORY

Emerging enterprise

WINNER: No winner

Finalists: RocketMine Aerial Data Solutions

                SVA Innovate Pty (Ltd)

Small enterprise

WINNER: X/procure Software SA (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

                Metro Minds (Pty) Ltd

Medium enterprise

WINNER: Accsys (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: Cornastone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

                Five Friday

Large enterprise

WINNER: PFK Electronics

Finalists: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

                African Oxygen Limited

      Altech Multimedia (Pty) Limited

MANAGEMENT OF SYSTEMS CATEGORY

Emerging enterprise

WINNER: Kirkonsult (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: Memeza Shout (Pty) Ltd

 

Small enterprise

WINNER: Khonology

Finalists: COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

                Systemic Logic Innovation Agency (Pty) Ltd

 

Medium enterprise

WINNER: Accsys (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: SSG Consulting

Large enterprise

WINNER: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Finalists: I CAT Environmental Solutions

                Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd

                Altech Multimedia (Pty) Limited

 

BLANK CANVAS INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Emerging enterprise

WINNER: SVA Innovate Pty (Ltd)

Finalists: RocketMine Aerial Data Solutions

                Tuluntulu (Pty) Ltd

Small enterprise

WINNER: COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

       Systemic Logic Innovation Agency (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: X/procure Software SA (Pty) Ltd

                Khonology

Medium Enterprise

WINNER: Accsys (Pty) Ltd

      Cornastone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: SSG Consulting

Large enterprise

WINNER: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

      PFK Electronics

Finalists: De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech)

DIRECTOR GENERAL AWARD FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE

Emerging enterprise

WINNER: SVA Innovate Pty (Ltd)

Finalists: RocketMine Aerial Data Solutions

                Tuluntulu (Pty) Ltd

Small enterprise

WINNER: COLONYHQ (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: X/procure Software SA (Pty) Ltd

                Khonology

MINISTER AWARD FOR OVERALL EXCELLENCE

Medium enterprise

WINNER: Accsys (Pty) Ltd

Finalists: Cornastone Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd

                SSG Consulting

Large enterprise

WINNER: Allied Electronics Corporation Limited

Finalists: De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech)

      Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd

How the winners are chosen

The winners of TT100 awards were chosen through a unique selection process, starting with pre-qualification. To qualify, companies must have been in business for at least one year and must not merely resell an existing product or service but must have introduced an innovative element within the TIPS™ model.

Next, after completing a comprehensive online questionnaire, each participating company is invited to a two-hour consultative interview with the awards adjudicators.  For the first 45 minutes, each entrant gives a presentation on the company and its business. The last 45 minutes are spent on questions from the adjudicators, all of whom are champions of innovation and have experience in enterprise development or entrepreneurship.

For 2016, 22 adjudicators representing a cross-section of the economy, from banking and business incubation to auditing, energy and public policy-making, volunteered their time and expertise to the judging process.

Scoring is done electronically. The adjudicators individually assign scores to each company and input these into a dedicated TT100 awards system. The system collates and consolidates the scores, and produces a matrix of the winners and finalists.

Unique opportunity for feedback

A special benefit of the TT100 awards programme is the feedback participants receive from the adjudicators. This takes the form of the verbal feedback received during each two-hour adjudication session and an electronic dashboard that each entrant can download after the awards. The electronic dashboard contains detailed, confidential comments from the adjudicators on where the company concerned is doing well and where it could consider making improvements.

In addition, each participant receives a 30-minute post-awards feedback session with the chief adjudicator.

Winners and finalists receive the additional benefit of becoming part of the TT100 community and being invited to participate in TT100 events, including business forums held jointly with government and partners involved in promoting business innovation, particularly the Department of Science and Technology.

The quality of the feedback participants receive is the reason why many companies enter the programme year after year – regardless of whether or not they win an award. In fact, some companies entered the awards for the first time in 1991 and are still taking part today.

Enter now for 2017 awards

Entries for the 2017 TT100 Business Innovation Awards are already being accepted. Entry is open to all companies, South African and international, as long as they have been in business for at least a year and consider themselves leaders in the way they manage technology, innovation, people or systems.

To enter, please register @ www.tt100.co.za or send an email to Carol Varga at The Da Vinci Institute, carol@davinci.ac.za

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Contact

Storm Thomas

Communications Manager

The Da Vinci Institute / TT100 Business Innovation Awards Programme

011 608 1331 / 078 797 0096

Storm@davinci.ac.za