The University of Cape Town scoops three of five awards at the national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity finals in Gauteng

The Entrepreneurship Intervarsity encourages and supports student entrepreneurship across the 26 public universities in South Africa. Student entrepreneurs are invited to submit their innovative ideas and businesses for this unique opportunity. The purpose of this competition is to identify the top student entrepreneurs at each university, showcase their businesses and invite investment into this cohort of start-ups. In the process, universities will have the opportunity to demonstrate their entrepreneurial talent and the ways in which they support and grow the next generation of business leaders.

EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity

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How it Works

Before you enter the competition, make sure you are eligible to participate. Please read the conditions for participation carefully.

Am I Eligible to Participate?


Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Competition is the competition for you. It could be the first step on the way to being your own boss.

Stage 1

Competition Starts
19 March

Submit your great innovative idea and business that will blow our minds? The first step is to fill in the entry form with a 3mins pitch video that shows us how great your idea or business is. Keep the video short and make it memorable! Maximum duration of the video should be 3 minutes or 180 seconds.

Stage 2

Internal Round
30 April 2019 and 17 June 2019

Competition closes on 30 April 2019. Entries received will be shortlisted and invited to pitch before a University Panel. The University panel will communicate the date and time for pitching to the shortlisted students. Note only completed entries will be considered.

Stage 3

Regional Rounds
5 July 2019 and 30 August 2019

Selected ideas/businesses by the university move forward to the Regional stage. You will be asked to present your idea/business and asked questions by the regional judging panel . Winners of the regional stage will be announced on the 5th September 2019.

Stage 4

18 September 2019

The top 3 winners of each category from each region will be entered into the Intervarsity Finals taking place on the 18th September 2019. Regional Winners will have an opportunity to pitch to the judging panel on the 18th September 2019 before pitching to the judging panel.

Winners of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity at the finals will receive cash prizes:

  • Innovative Idea R10 000
  • Tech Business R10 000
  • Social Impact Business R10 000
  • General R10 000
  • The Studentpreneur for 2019 will receive R50 000

What should be on the video?

  1. Provide a brief summary of innovative idea/business and its history.
  2. What is the particular challenge that the idea/business aims to address?
  3. How does the idea/business solve or address the challenge?
  4. Explain how the idea/business intends to make money and be sustainable, while clearly describing the target market or customer profile.
  5. What is the strategy to grow the business and scale its impact?
  6. Anything else that the panel needs to know?

How to send your video?

Keep the video short and make it memorable! The maximum size of the video must be less than 50MB after compression (See steps below) which is about a 2-3 minute video for a high-quality video format. Also note that if you upload a newer video file, that the older file will be overwritten. Kindly make sure that you upload the correct video.
Step 1: Upload your video to youcompress to compress the video file size. (This may take quite a while depending on your video’s size.)
Step 2: Once your video is compressed, please upload your video above.

Reasons To Enter

  • Stand a chance to win Cash injection towards your start-up business.
  • Mentorship & Consultancy to Develop your Business.
  • Opportunity to Become an Entrepreneur
    Be your own boss with the prize winnings from the EDHE Awards. In today’s competitive employment and commercial markets, taking part in this prestigious EDHE Intervarsity demonstrates the skills, commitment and innovation employers and investors seek.
  • A Potential Career
    Winners stand a chance to win a scholarship.
  • Represent your university amongst SA’s best Student Entrepreneurs.


Award Categories and Description

In Partnership with:

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
University Capacity Development Programme
SAB Foundation