Sickened by the increasing number of farm attacks and wanting to give farmers an early warning system sparked an award-winning business idea in drone technology. And so, the idea for BlomSkok Technologies, the brainchild of final year Mechanical Engineering Masters student at the North-West University, was born.

Mr Tinus Potgieter (above) won R20 000 in the first contested category of Innovative Business Ideas at the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2021 that was held at Premier Hotel on the East Rand last Friday.

Eighteen of South Africa’s 26 public universities participated in the competition with record 4168 entries, which dropped to 150 at regional level, leaving 28 finalists. Potgieter was the only male winner among five women in the other categories which represented Existing Businesses: General, Social Impact and Technological.