GreenQueen Communications has won the ENGEN Pitch & Polish account. Produced and conceptualised by Raizcorp, ENGEN Pitch & Polish with media partner Caxton Local Media, launches the national campaign in September 2017 thanks to sponsors Engen Petroleum Ltd and Nedbank.

“GreenQueen has been privileged to work with Raizcorp on the ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme for almost seven years, and it has been life-changing,” says Jodi Lynn Karpes, owner of GreenQueen Communications. She adds, “On a personal level, I have learned a great deal about pitching and business in general, simply from listening to the workshops and learning alongside the delegates. On a macro-level, being part of a project that has a positive impact on the lives of South Africans is humbling.”

Celebrating its eighth year, the workshop and competition promises to be bigger and better for entrepreneurs across the country, and features best-selling author and international speaker Justin Cohen as the facilitator. GreenQueen Communications will be managing the public relations for the seventh year in a row.

“I estimate that almost 10 000 entrepreneurs, or potential entrepreneurs, have had the opportunity, which is free thanks to Engen Petroleum, Nedbank, and Raizcorp, to sharpen and polish their business pitch in order to gain funding,” says Karpes. She concludes, “It goes back to the famous saying – ‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime’. That is what Pitch & Polish is about – empowering society to take action and be responsible for their own journey. My observation over the years is that communities are becoming more collaborative and more supportive, which inspires great hope for the future of this country.”