UP Veterinary Science
Open Innovation Challenge

Want to transform your bold idea into new veterinary innovation approaches? Unlock your entrepreneurial side.

Entries open 21 April 2023

R100 000 in prize money to be won

Focus Area: Veterinary Science and related

All veterinary science students, staff and alumni, can break through new frontiers in animal health and care if their innovations are transformed from ideas into development to become commercial solutions.

TuksNovation, together with the UP Veterinary Science Faculty is excited to launch the UP Veterinary Science Open Innovation Challenge to give students a platform to take their bold ideas and turn it into new veterinary science approaches!

This is a unique platform created to encourage multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial thinking and stimulate innovation among students in veterinary science and other faculties. The challenge is open to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students and UP staff are encouraged to collaborate across other faculties.

The winning teams will be announced at the awards ceremony that is earmarked to be held on 20 October 2023.

Gather your team and enter your idea, research or solution today!

The programme will commence during July 2023 recess.

The following innovation activities and events:


    Briefing sessions: the innovation journey: from IP to IPO

    • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property protection, commercial exploitation etc.

    Ideation Workshops

    • Design thinking
    • Business Model Canvas


    Identification of real world thematic problem solving – specific to veterinary science

    Pitches & Presentations

    Pitches to a multi-disciplinary panel


    Groups or individuals- at participants’ discretion.

    Multi-disciplinary to encourage group formation with students from other faculties.

    Student-driven where 50% of the group is from the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

    UP Staff and alumni can also be involved, however students must be principal drivers. No fronting allowed.

    Gather your team and enter your idea, research or solution today!

    Entries open 21 April 2023