UCT student start-ups raise over R1m

Eight innovative student start-ups have raised just over R1 million in cash and in-kind at the UCT Upstarts 2016 Idea Auction.

The start-up teams pitched their concepts to an audience of peers and investors last week.

Founder of Upstarts, Gina Levy, explains that the students have learnt leadership, initiative, confidence and team work through the experience.

Their social innovations are part of a challenge to re-imagine the educational landscape in South Africa.

One of the start-ups include the Dadewethu project, which delivers pregnancy tests, pads and tampons, provides emergency vending machines for sanitary products and offers a contact line with information about reproductive services on campus.

Cassandra Da Cruz, Dadewethu team member says the initiative has received a great deal of support and hopes to expand to other universities and high schools.

UCT Upstarts is the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Innovation Challenge and is a joint-initiative between the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Super Stage.

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