The Biggest Deal

Calling   all   14 – 18   year   olds…

If you have big dreams, heaps of enthusiasm and the burning desire to succeed, this challenge is for you!
Teams made up of the same individuals and the same business ideas as previous years, will not be eligible to enter the 2018 competition.


The Biggest Deal Challenge is a youth entrepreneur competition driven by the Theewaterskloof Municipality’s Department of Local Economic Development. In partnership with the private sector, we seek to actively address the youth unemployment problem. Now in its fifth year, the competition has become a household name and is a highlight of the school year. Over 100 learners between the ages of 14 – 18 years from eleven schools across the Theewaterskloof area of the Overberg District have entered the 2018 Biggest Deal Challenge.

Africa has the highest number of young people under the age of 25. In South Africa, the Western Cape has the highest number of high school dropouts. For many of our youth, current environment and socio-economic circumstances hamper access to, and opportunities for, work ready skills development. While we cannot address all of Africa’s problems we are determined to make a difference to the youth living within the Theewaterskloof area through this engaging competition.

The aim of the competition is to ultimately reduce youth unemployment through increasing the number of young people creating their own jobs. The objective is to ensure the school-going youth develop an entrepreneurial spirit, mentality, confidence and skill-set to create their own jobs instead of relying on the state and the formal business sector to do that for them.


-Mark Zuckerberg-

“It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.”

-Richard Branson-

“Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.”

You have 3½ months in which to complete a series of 6 tasks. The team with the highest profit wins. Once you’ve registered your team, you will receive detailed instructions and a list of business mentors to help guide and support along the way. The best part is that your imagination really is your only limitation!

Get your friends together and brainstorm your ideas


Enter your team and complete your tasks


You will walk out richer after this competition….

Experience, knowledge and business contacts.