Inter-University Innovation Challenge

Due to the restrictions made by the President, the Challenge Activations are postponed. However, online submissions and queries can still be made. The Challenge will close on the 30 June 2020.

General Information:

Technical Information:

Inter-University Innovation Challenge

The Inter-University Innovation Challenge is aimed to develop highly competent and confident student entrepreneurs, who have the capacity to conceive, and implement innovative solutions that can solve service delivery challenges experienced and ultimately improve the quality of life of the residents of South Africa and beyond. Secondly, the programme aims to build a vibrant, and competitive entrepreneurship community in Tshwane.

The main objectives of the Inter-University Innovation Challenge are:

  • To build a pipeline of entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • To create a platform for student entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas.
  • To identify service delivery focused innovations that can be upscaled and commercialised.
  • To provide support (financial and non-financial) to student entrepreneurs.

We are, therefore, seeking strong technical solutions from registered university students and invite them for submissions.

Through consultation with our partners, the focus areas of particular interest in 2019/20 financial year include:

  1. Waste Management (CleanTech)
  2. Finance (Revenue generation/collection)
  3. Clean transport/mobility
  4. Energy                                                                                                                                                    

WASTE MANAGEMENT(CLEANTECH)

Challenges

  • The City of Tshwane Waste Management Division is pursuing more sustainable models of operation in which dependency on landfilling is reduced and energy generation, recycling, composting, reuse and reduction of recyclable material are encouraged. Informal waste recyclers or pickers play a key role in waste management by recycling solid waste. However, they are vulnerable to road accidents, need to travel long distances, are not always viewed positively by communities and other entities in the waste value chain, and do not have sustainable incomes.

 Solution

  • Previous models that have been established to formalise informal recycling have not been effective.
  • The Waste Management Division would like students to propose ideas incorporating one or more of:
  • Social, business or legal models that can support formalisation of informal waste recyclers in the waste management value chain.
  • New approaches to waste collection and storage for informal waste recyclers.
  • Ways to reduce the rate of accidents on roads and for promoting health and safety.
  • Use of technology for reducing waste recycler travel times and distances.
  • Opportunities to pursue the systematic conversion towards a circular economy.

FINANCE (REVENUE MANAGEMENT)

  • Challenges

    • The City of Tshwane’s Revenue Management Division would like to improve the sustainability of cash flow in the City by inviting students to propose innovative approaches for encouraging homeowners and renters in residential areas to pay for water services and property rates on a regular basis.

    Solution

    • The City has implemented a number of measures to improve the quality of services and encourage wider and more consistent payment of municipal accounts. This has included improving the accuracy of billing and increasing the number of online and physical payment options. However, to expand the payment of municipal accounts on a wider scale, we would like students to propose ideas/ solutions for engaging residents on the payment of rates and water services in particular, such as through: creative billing and loyalty approaches, alternative billing or revenue collection financial models and novel payment channels or technologies. See Attached Document for additional information.

CLEAN TRANSPORT/ MOBILITY 

    Challenges

  • South Africa is a country that is in urgent need of a workable and sustainable public transport
    network. There are a number of activities happening in the public transport space, however,
    most of it is fragmented and not well co-ordinated. The City of Tshwane seeks innovative solutions to assist with addressing the challenges related to efficient public transportation services in partnership with independent service providers (i.e. bus and taxi industry). The City is looking for solutions on how the minibus taxi industry can be optimized as the mode of transport along roads from the north leading to the CBD (R80, Hornsnek, Paul Kruger) the barrier being Magaliesburg mountain.

    Solution

  • Practical innovative strategies directed at the efficiency of the current taxi
    operations. Different ways of including private entities in the public transport sector
  • Ideas around the financial provision on road and transport interventions directed to addressing relevant needs (what the communities really need)
  • Innovative ways on how to communicate real-time information to commuters in order to optimise travel time in case of obstructions
  • An innovative method to control the supply of taxi fleet within the operated routes

ENERGY/ ELECTRICITY

  Challenges

  • The City of Tshwane’s Electricity Division would like students to propose innovative ideas/ solutions to address either: (1) theft of overhead and underground copper cables which results in power outages and significant replacement costs for the municipality; or (2) tampering with or bypassing of electricity meters or unauthorised/illegal connections to the electricity network which means that some residents and are not paying for services and creating safety issues in their communities.

    Solution

  • The City has implemented several electronic and IoT‐based approaches for detecting cable theft and meter tampering and runs regular public awareness campaigns to encourage residents to report illegal and corrupt activities. However, these initiatives have only had partial success so we are interested in new ways of improving the identification of incidents and addressing underlying issues driving cable theft and illegal connections, such as low‐value alternatives to copper conductors, creative applications of IoT and analytics‐based approaches, community‐led education programmes and better management of technicians. See Attached Document for additional information.

PARTNERS

The University Innovation Challenge is a collaboration between the City of Tshwane (CoT), The Innovation Hub (TIH), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Pretoria (UP), Tuksnovation Universities of South Africa (USaf), Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) AND Eskom. This collaborative programme serves as a key feature to remaking Tshwane as “Africa’s Innovation Capital”.

Prizes

The 12 winners will share seed funding of approximately R1.2 million, followed by incubation, and piloting.

The finals winners will be announced at a gala event before the end of June 2020. 

The prizes package will include:

  • Incubation
  • Mentorship
  • Piloting

Prize allocation:

  • 1st Prize – R150 000.00
  • 2nd Prize – R100 000.00
  • 3rd Prize – R50 000.00

FAQ

What is the Inter-University Challenge?

The Inter-University Innovation Challenge is a collaborative project between various stakeholders (the City of Tshwane (CoT), Eskom,

The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Pretoria (UP), Tuksnovation Universities of South Africa (UNISA) and Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)) aimed at identifying highly competent and confident student entrepreneurs, who have the capacity to conceive and implement innovative solutions.

  • To find innovative solutions that can solve service delivery challenges experienced and ultimately improve the quality of life of the residents of South Africa and beyond.
  • To build a vibrant, and competitive entrepreneurship community in Tshwane.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

All participants (individually or team) must be enrolled for the current academic year in UP, TUT, UNISA as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at the time of the application.

  • Full-time enrolment is not required. Part-time enrolment is accepted.
  • Participants must have a registered legal entity, or the business must be in the process of being registered (proof will be required) at the time of application.
  • Majority shareholding (50%+) of the entity must rest with the participant.
  • Employees of universities or entities involved in organizing the challenge will not be allowed entry.
  • Participants can submit no more than two proposals.

All participants (individually or team) must be enrolled for the current academic

year in UP, TUT, UNISA as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at the time of the application.

  • Full-time enrolment is not required. Part-time enrolment is accepted.
  • Participants must have a registered legal entity, or the business must be in the process of being registered (proof will be required) at the time of application.
  • Majority shareholding (50%+) of the entity must rest with the participant.
  • Employees of universities or entities involved in organizing the challenge will not be allowed entry.
  • Participants can submit no more than two proposals.

Challenge - for the purpose of the competition, a challenge is defined as a problem or a situation facing the city of Tshwane that needs to be addressed through innovation.

How do I submit a solution to a Challenge?

The solutions must be submitted on the inter-university challenge website. Applicants must note that they can only submit under the university that they are registered with.

What happens to my Challenge-response submission?

The Inter-University Innovation Challenge follows the steps outlined below:

  • Inter-University Innovation Challenge Launch
  • University Workshop & Preselection
  • Innovation Bootcamps
  • Final Pitching
  • Responses sent to all applicants that pitched
  • Awards & Post Innovation Challenge Support

What is in it for me/my organisation when responding to a Challenge? 

12 Projects will share R1.2 million

Price allocation:

  • 1st place R 150 000
  • 2nd place R 100 000
  • 3rd place R 50 000

In addition, all winners will be given an opportunity to be mentored, given business support, advisory services, incubation, and piloting.

What information is visible to other users?

The website has all the necessary information for applicants. In addition, applicants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the presentations and activation sessions.

Who can see my responses to Challenges?

The administrators of the challenge will be responsible for the processing of the responses and send out to the relevant universities. Applicants are assured that their responses and applications will all be considered.

How is my submissions/ information protect when responding to a Challenge?

The applicant’s information will not under any circumstances be disclosed to the public without the applicant’s concern.

What do I do if I have further questions?

If you have any questions related to the Inter-University Innovation Challenge please contact the Inter-University Innovation team.

 

DATES:

Challenge Opens
27 February 2020 | Apply Now

Challenge Closes: 30 June 2020

Inter-University innovation Challenge Competition is now Closed.

Activation Dates:

Challenge Activations are postponed until further notice. However, online submissions and queries can still be made.

UNISA

16 March 2020-Sunnyside Campus (09:00 - 11:00) 

(11:00 -13:00)

TUT

18 March 2020-Pretoria West (09:00 - 11:00)

18 March 2020-Garankuwa Campus (12:00 - 13:30)

19 March 2020-Arcadia & Arts Campus (09:00 - 11:00)

19 March 2020-Soshanguve North (09:00 - 11:00)

19 March 2020-South Campus (10:00 - 12:30)

07 April 2020-Polokwane Campus (09:00 - 11:00)

08 April 2020-Mbombela Campus (09:00 - 11:00)

09 April 2020-Emalahleni Campus (09:00 - 11:00)

UP Activation Dates

Activation Dates:

17 June 2020-Hatfield Campus (16:00-17:00)

RSVP

Google meet link

Individual University Pitching Sessions

07 July 2020 - 31 July 2020

Innovation Bootcamps

17 August 2020 - 21 August 2020

Finalist Pitching
01 September 2020 - 04 September 2020

Inter-University Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony
September 2020

Incubation
Starts February 2021

Choose the below University to Apply

UNISA | Apply Now


TUT     | Apply Now


UP       | Apply Now

 

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