Sizwe Nzima and Siraaj Adams, the Co-founders of medical courier service, Iyeza Health, have been named emerging entrepreneurs of the year in the Sanlam Entrepreneur of the Year Competition for their chronic medication delivery service.
The annual competition, which is in its 29th year, recognises and honours South African entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises sector. Iyeza Health was among the five category winners announced at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards held in Johannesburg.
Since its launch in 2013, Iyeza Health has evolved from delivering chronic medication from health clinics in Khayelitisha to patients by bicycle into a health logistics company with a wide array of capabilities.
“I’ve only been with Iyeza Health for a year so it was a great surprise and an honour to have won against more established small businesses in the competition. Being named emerging entrepreneurs of the year has given us a lot of confidence and, even more importantly, credibility around our digital health business model,” said Nzima.
“As a result of this award recognition we can now expand our services nationally, in fact we already have two national corporate clients lined up for 2018. But of course our ultimate goal is to continue focusing on improving healthcare access to our clients in low-income areas,” said Adams.
Each of the five category winners received R60,000 while the overall title Entrepreneur of the Year, owner of Africa Biomass Company, Willem van der Merwe, received R160, 000.
In addition to the prize money, each winner will also receive valuable mentorship support, networking opportunities and associated marketing and national media exposure to further drive their business’ success.
“Past winners have also gone on to win other prominent national and international awards and form valuable partnerships as a result of their success in the competition,” said spokesperson for the competition, Christo Botes.