The Big Break Legacy is a South African reality competition television series created by Ezra Ndwandwe and produced by Javelin which tests 12 entrepreneur contestants for character strength, creativity, aptitude and commercial savvy in addressing business challenges under time and resource constraints, with the aim of winning a R5-million investment in their company.
The series premiered on SABC2 on Thursday 2 February 2012, at 19h30. It later aired on SABC1 and CNBC (Season 2) as well. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 aired on SABC2 from 2 February to 26 April, 2012, on Thursdays at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season.
The Big Break Legacy intends to identify, build competence and empower entrepreneurs to venture into creating new industries in a sustainable manner.
Conceptualised by businessman and entrepreneur Ezra Ndwandwe, the show is aimed at both existing ventures that need re-capitalisation for growth as well as high impact business ideas requiring start-up capital.
The Big Break Legacy aims to start a global revolution of entrepreneurs that build new enterprises which are innovative, exciting, sustainable and, most importantly, contribute meaningfully towards the social development of communities.
The Big Break will test entrepreneurs for character strength, creativity, aptitude and commercial savvy in addressing business challenges under time and resource constraints.
The show is packaged to entertain in a way that will educate the entrepreneurs and the viewers on responding to key business requisites and the impact of such basics on business success and sustainability.
The Big Break is an interactive show, and viewers will be given an opportunity to vote for who they believe has the composite of a successful entrepreneur.
Twelve contestants have to prove their entrepreneurial flair through various business challenges, over a 13-episode season.
And it's not all business theory and academics that get put to the test - contestants will have to have very real street-smarts in order to make it through the challenges.
It's a tough, dramatic, entertaining and very real business journey, as well as being a rewarding one.
The winner of The Big Break Legacy wins a R5-million investment into their business.
Season 1: Graham Rowe
Season 2: Sanele Makinane
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 2 Feb 2012 | Finale: 26 Apr 2012 | Thu, 19h30
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 17 Aug 2013 | Finale: 9 Nov 2013 | Sat, 21h00
Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 18 Aug 2013 | Finale: 10 Nov 2013 | Sun, 12h30
Channel: CNBC | Premiere: 18 Aug 2013 | Finale: 10 Nov 2013 | Sun, 21h00