Join the national launch of the

EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023 and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit!

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), in collaboration with Universities South Africa and through the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, is hosting the fifth annual National Entrepreneurship Intervarsity from March to November 2023. This competition is funded by the University Capacity Development Programme and supported by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and SAB Foundation.

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Alan Gray Orbis Foundation
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The fifth Intervarsity did not disappoint, take a look at the photos below, and keep a look out for the articles on the winners in January 2024.

EDHE Intervarsity 2023 Highlights video

How it Works?

The official launch of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023 is on the 13th of  March, with entries open until the 14th of April 2023. The competition consists of three stages: the entry period, university internal rounds, regional rounds, and the national finals in Gauteng on November 30th, 2023.



Register and Submit your Entry

13 March – 14 April 2023

Go to, the EDHE website and follow instructions to the registration page for the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2022.

Register your entry by completing and submitting the preliminary entry form. You can choose from four categories, as mentioned above.

Next you will receive a response from the competition coordinators. Entries are reviewed by the competition coordinators at each of the 26 public universities. Only those entries that meet the requirements as stated above will be accepted to participate in the internal round of the competition. Please note that only fully completed entries will be accepted.

The status of your entry can be checked in your profile menu on the website. All submitted entries are saved and can be accessed again at any time. Please note that no changes can be made once your entry has been submitted.



Selection period:
14 April – 05 May 2023

University Internal Rounds :
08 May – 30 June 2023

Participants who have received confirmation that their entries have been accepted will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their ideas or businesses in an internal university round, hosted by the coordinator/s at the university where they are registered students.

The university coordinators will communicate the date, time and format of the internal university round.



18 Sept. – 27 Oct. 2023

The winners of each of the four categories in the internal university rounds proceed to represent their institutions in the regional rounds. This third stage of the competition will take place between September 18th and October 27th, 2023. Participants in the regional rounds will pitch their ideas or businesses to a panel of expert judges from the region. The winners of this round will be selected by the panel of judges and will proceed to represent their region and university in the national finals.

The regions are as follows:

Region 1:
Western Cape: UWC, UCT, CPUT, SU

Region 2:
Gauteng: UJ, TUT, UP, WITS, SMU

Region 3:

Region 4:
Central: SPU, VUT, NWU, UFS, CUT

Region 5:

Region 6:
Eastern Cape: RHODES, WSU, NMU, UFH


National Final

One-one coaching:
07 – 10 Nov. 2023

National Final Rounds:
30 Nov. 2023

The winner of each category from each region will qualify to participate in the national final round of the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2022 taking place in 17 November 2022 in Gauteng. They will be transported and accommodated for two days as the guests of EDHE, while they participate in the finals, and will be introduced to stakeholders and media at the prestigious EDHE Awards 2022. At this event, the category winners and national Studentpreneur of the Year will be announced, along with the winning university.