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    September 28, 2012

    Startup Knight Competition: Win software dev worth R100 000!

    Introducing the Startup Knight competition, an event created especially for software based tech startups that are preparing to start a viable business.

    Byte Orbit, the company behind and host of the event and, pride themselves on being the first software development company in South Africa to offer such a great opportunity in the form of an event to young and innovative tech entrepreneurs.

    Amit Ramdath, CEO of Byte Orbit announced, “œWe would like to extend a challenge to other established technology based companies to identify and incubate innovative entrepreneurs in South Africa“.

    Companies such as Microsoft, Nokia, Bandwidth Barn and 8ta have come on board with significant sponsorship for the winning startup.

    The Prizes:

    Microsoft will be providing software packages for the winning startup to run their business for 3 years as well as $60 000 worth of Azure Services. Bandwidth Barn will be providing office space for the duration of 6 months and Nokia has come on board as a product sponsor. In addition 8ta will be providing a 3G data modem loaded with their 60Gig + 60Gig offering.

    The grand prize will be sponsored by Byte Orbit and will consist of software development to the value of R100 000 and ongoing mentorship. Byte Orbit will take a small equity stake in the winning business and subsequently support them on an ongoing basis leveraging 9 years of industry experience to increase their ability to succeed.

    The Judges:

    The judging panel will consist of:

    Byte Orbit: Amit Ramdath | CEO
    Nokia: Anthony Stonefield | Head of Ecosystem
    Microsoft: Kethan Parbhoo | Equity Equivalent Lead
    8ta: Amith Maharaj | Managing Director
    Bandwidth Blog/OnNet: Charl Norman | Managing Director
    Ching Payments: Martin Ras | Managing Director

    How to Enter:

    Participants can enter online at www.byteorbit.com from 1 October. Entries close on 25 October.

    Fifteen finalists will be announced by 26 October and they will be required to pitch to a judging panel at Byte Orbit Offices in Durbanville, Cape Town on 3 November.

    The results of the winner will be announced on the evening of 3 November at a venue in Cape Town. The main requirement is that the entry must be focused on a software product.

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