The Lions’ Den Programme is a Sister City programme between eThekwini Municipality and the Leeds
City Council. The programmme speaks of multiple unit strategic objectives like Access to Finance,
capacity building and access to markets. It is also aimed at encouraging sustainable entrepreneurship,
innovation and competitiveness amongst entrepreneurs in the eThekwini region. It started in 2006 and was sponsored by Leeds based reputable corporate.

Local SMME benefits from the programme are: huge profiling as finalists and exposure to international
Corporate during interviews of screening and monetary awards to winners. Furthermore, finalist are
further linked with other business needs interventions and hands-on business mentorship from the
international sponsoring Corporates.

Siyabonga Luthuli
Tel: +27(0)31 311 4573 / 4500

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