University of Pretoria

Vice-Chancellor’s Challenge

Be part of a new breed of African entrepreneurs

APPLY BEFORE 20 May 2022

The UPVC innovation challenge aims to unlock the entrepreneurial capacity of entrepreneurs in emerging high-tech fields whose innovations, solutions, and inventions have high-growth commercial potential. TuksNovation seeks applications from venture founders with high-value, commercially viable high-growth innovations and inventions that are technology-focused.

The challenge is open to students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs across the African continent. Enter your solution in the focus area categories if you fit the criteria and are commercially driven with a high-growth orientation and socially conscious with a global outlook.

The UPVC Entrepreneurship Challenge will culminate with an overall winner, selected from all the entry categories. This challenge is a true celebration of Africa’s innovation potential and coincides with Africa month.

The awards ceremony is earmarked to be held in June this year.

Prizes

R250k cash
Prototyping
Advisory & mentorship
Funding
Linkages & Networks

Total cash prizes are R250k.

An overall winner will be awarded R50k and eight runner-ups will be awarded R25k each from the focus area categories.

FOCUS AREAS

FinTech
InsureTech
EdTech
AgTech
BioTech
Health Tech
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Big Data
Social innovation
Women-led businesses

Watch the livestream of the launch below

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

20 May 2022

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