Issue Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014

Start-ups

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

24 March 2014

In the tender process it is essential that an enterprise has some experience of the supply that it wants to tender on. In fact, the better the enterprise is with its supply the better its changes of being awarded a tender.

The question that now arise is: where do startup enterprises fit in? Or, can a startup enterprise win a tender? The answers to these questions are for the Organ of State that has issued the tender, to decide. But, there are definitely some things that a startup can do to ensure that it subscribe to the minimum requirements of a tender.

The minimum requirements that any enterprise must have are:

  • A tax clearance certificate.
  • A B-BBEE certificate.
  • Company registration documents.
  • Bank account detail.

The reason for this is that the Organ of State must verify that an enterprise is legit. The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act necessitate Organs of State to comply with these minimum requirements. It is also crucial for an enterprise to have some kind of B-BBEE credentials because the enterprise`s B-BBEE score is used in the Standard Bidding Document 6.1 to calculate the enterprise`s Preferential Points. Without these points it will be difficult for an enterprise to get pass the evaluation stadium of any tender process, not even to mention the adjudication stadium. No points will result in no tender.

If by some chance the technical criteria of a tender are not that important, a startup enterprise might just be able to make it through the first round of evaluation. Usually the enterprise must score between 70 to 75 points on the technical criteria to advance to the next phase of evaluation. This is exactly where startup enterprises fail. The entrepreneur does not realize that if you want to tender you must have some expertise of the supply you want to deliver. This little point in the tender process is much enterprise`s downfall.

So how does an enterprise, especially a startup enterprise, overcome this problem? The logical answer would be to join forces with an enterprise that has the necessary expertise and that comply with the technical criteria of a specific tender. Finding enterprises that will go into a joint venture can be difficult but if the startup enterprise can bring some special skills to the joint venture it will be easier to find a partner.

The Government is set on developing SMME`s. This is good news for startup enterprises! It means that when an Organ of State has a large tender that it has to award, it might award some or part of the tender to SMME`s, meaning startup enterprises. This means that your startup enterprise might just be the lucky one to score that big tender and for that you will need a Tender Manual to guide you through the tender process.

If you want to learn more about the tender process and how to complete a tender correctly and hopefully successfully, please visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Don`t delay, get educated today!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Provision of Events Services: Municipal Year-End Function 2017-12-21 13:00 SCM/2018/177/CORP
Supply: Building material 2017-12-18 14:00 GE11800903
Supply: Extruder 2017-12-21 14:00 GE11800905
Supply and delivery of loud hailers to ZDM Vehicles 2017-12-19 12:00 ZDMQ 0403/12/2017
Supply and delivery of Stationery 2017-12-19 12:00 ZDMQ: 0404/12/2017
Training on Demonstrate Knowledge of Waste Water Pipe Unblocking and Maintenance 2018-01-11 12:00 ZDMQ0405/12/2017
Training on Construct Water Reticulation Concrete Works 2018-01-11 12:00 ZDMQ0406/12/2017
Supply Hardware items 2018-01-15 12:00 GG11800417
Training on applying Health and Safety Practices in the water sector for process operations 2018-01-11 12:00 ZDMQ0407/12/2017
Supply Hardware items 2018-01-15 12:00 GG11800416
Supply strapping - material: grade 304 stainless steel 2018-01-15 12:00 GG11800419
Training on Conducting a workshop on Job Evaluation Systems, Job Descriptions Alignment with the Organogram and Change Management 2018-01-05 12:00 ZDMQ0408/12/2017
Supply: Water distribution material 2017-12-21 14:00 GE11800898
Electrification of 136 Households in Nuresh A and B Villages 2017-12-29 12:00 MATAT 2017/2018-28
Supply: Engineering materials 2017-12-18 14:00 GE11800901
Provision of Website Hosting, Development, Redesign and Maintenance Services 2018-01-09 12:00 MATAT 2017/2018-31
Provision of Training on Construction Roadworks (National Certificate NQF Level 2- Unit Standard 24133) for 10 municipal employees 2017-12-29 12:00 MATAT 2017/2018-32
Supply polymer grids, covers and frames 2017-12-21 14:00 GE11800902
Provision Electronic Document Management System 2017-12-29 12:00 MATAT 2017/2018-27
Supply: Valve 2017-12-21 14:00 GE11800904

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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