GoShare, the winning business in the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2021, will not just be financially viable: it will change lives. That is what fifth-year University of Cape Town medical student, Ms Tshegofatso Masenya, intended when she founded the online, donation-based crowdfunding platform that allows students to raise funds to cover their outstanding fees.
Aptly falling in the Existing Business – Social Impact segment (Category 3) of the competition, Ms Masenya was both the R20 000 category winner, and took home the coveted R100 000 overall Studentpreneur of the Year prize. This is money she will plough back into her business. Her win made her the first female winner in the three years since the inception of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity in 2019. By virtue of being the institution behind the Studentpreneur of the Year, the University of Cape Town automatically became the Winning University in the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2021.
Eighteen of the 26 universities this year submitted in excess of 4000 entries that were whittled down to 150 at regional level, leaving just 28 finalists – 16 of them women – to compete.