Introducing a reality show like no other for entrepreneurs in South Africa


There is a new reality show, a first for South Africa and the world, which aims to help uncover South Africa’s greatest innovators.

Hangman – a show unlike anything on any screen anywhere – is a global first in interactive, immersive entertainment and puts viewers in the driver’s seat.

By ‘investing’ in a virtual stock exchange, viewers can help determine the outcome of the show, while standing in line to win great prizes including a car.

The show also seeks to give a needed push to the aspirations of entrepreneurs who may have identified a gap in the market and are now looking for ways to take full advantage of this gap.

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Celebrity economist Iraj Abedian, who will be part of the panel known as ‘Backers’ said, “We will discover people out there who have ideas with potential beyond their situations. We will also learn for ourselves how to enhance entrepreneurship better.

“I’m excited when I see new things, when I see young people having a new vision.”

The Backers are captains of industry and investment with keen business acumen and ruthless standards. They include Phuti Mahanyele, celebrity economist Iraj Abedian, self-made billionaire Quinton van der Burgh and Bonang Mohale, chairman of Shell South Africa Energy Limited.

The show will be hosted by Maps Maponyane.

The stakes are high in this revolutionary new programme with R1 million in prize money.

Hangman consists of two different content streams. The first is the actual reality online series which would traditionally be consumed on prime-time television, but instead will be streamed live online.

The second stream comes in the form of a stock exchange called ‘The Exchange’. Viewers at home can truly immerse themselves in the show, meet the Backers, be inspired by successful innovators and get expert business insights.

The hub is constantly updated with ‘hot off the press’ content straight from the Hangman set.

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To take part in the outcome of the show, win great prizes and rewards, viewers can become virtual investors by trading on The Exchange. They will also help drive the outcome of the competition.

Contestants will have to prove their mettle through a series of gruelling challenges but their fate is determined by more than performance alone. They will have to win the approval of ‘Backers’.

The innovator who succeeds in garnering the support of the Backers, while rallying viewer/’investor’ sentiment, could walk away with R1 million cash prize and everything needed to succeed in a 21st Century market.

This unique fast-paced online reality show will stream from 9 October to 11 December 2017.

Edited by Stacey Woensdregt


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