In the line up for the event, other than the Ideathon itself, was speed mentoring for students who want to pursue entrepreneurship as well as exhibits from innovative companies in SA such as Microsoft and Intel, allowing students to obtain “information and training from the best”.

In future, the hosts of the event intend to turn it into an annual two day conference exclusive to UP students, “where they get a platform to access entrepreneurship with a chance of succeeding” by speaking to renowned guests and being exposed to different entrepreneurial activities that will ignite the entrepreneur within them.

The third place winner at the Ideathon was the group African Wealth Stokvel, led by Lesiba Moja and they won R2000. The group’s pitch was based on the topic of agriculture and their idea was to gather up money from different stokvels, domestic investors as well as the government and use it to create a company where they buy farms and hire locals to work on the farms and also give them a chance to own a part of the farmland.

Second place went to Uni-ED learning, led by Jiahui Lu and they won a cash prize of R3000. Their innovative idea was to create software that can be integrated in the education system, giving students the chance to tutor each other and earn rewards that can later on be converted to cash rewards. The application would also allow students to obtain bursaries through the touch of a button.

The grand prize of R5000 went to team Airducation led by Bongani Mthembu. Their idea, based on the topic of education, was to merge virtual reality with an educational application. This would be located in the township or the rural areas where a room is built next to a spaza shop and virtual reality headsets alongside tablets are placed inside the room, for primary and secondary school children to use. The students will be able to see lectures, do online assessments and collaborate with schools in different areas using the headsets.


Photo: Anotidashe Mukombachoto