Ms Ntombizonke Mdletshe, a student at the University of Zululand, has an idea that she hopes will help relieve the devastating effects of poverty-related hunger. She founded Ivy’s Agro-processing where under-utilised crops are processed into highly nutritious food products that meet human nutritional needs.

Mdletshe (left) was a finalist in the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2021, the awards ceremony of which was held in Kempton Park on 19 November. She was entered in the Innovative Business Ideas category.

In a record setting Intervarsity, the third since its inception in 2019, Mdletshe was among 16 women out of the 28 finalists. The competition had attracted a total 4168 from the entire university sector, out of which 150 qualified for entry. At the regional round of the competition, this number was whittled down to just 28.