Doing business in Africa award
The Doing Business in Africa Award process starts by the NABC inviting its member companies to submit their application for an eligibility screening. The application must include an explanation on the key three pillars of the criteria: does the company provide innovative solutions to the African challenges? Is the company sustainable in their activities? And, is the company inclusive in their activities?
Once the submissions are in, the carefully selected Doing Business in Africa Award committee (consisting of a mixture of Senior NABC staff (2) and the Supervisory Board members (2)) reviews the submissions to ensure that they meet the specific criteria: Innovation, Sustainability, and Inclusiveness. The purpose of the screening is not to make business or technical judgements about the submission, but rather to make sure that each entry is eligible.
Once the list of eligible company submissions have been drafted, each company is contacted and informed of their nomination as well as the voting procedure.
First Round of Voting
The first round of voting involves the NABC and the nominated companies following a two week promotion period inviting people to vote for the company they believe deserve the award.
Selection of Finalists
After the two-week voting period, the top three companies with the most votes are selected as the finalists for the Doing Business in Africa Award ceremony that takes place at the Ambassadors Dinner. The finalists are asked to prepare a pitch to present at the annual Ambassadors Dinner.
The final voting takes place live during the annual NABC’s Ambassadors Dinner. Each finalist has the opportunity to pitch why they believe they should win the Doing Business in Africa award. The pitch should be based on the three pillars of the DBA Award criteria: Innovative, sustainable, and inclusivity. Once the finalists have pitched their company, the audience is invited to use any device with access to internet to vote for the company they believe should win the DBA Award. The company with the most votes is announced as the winner of the DBA Award.