YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge

COCT Youth

Good news for all young entrepreneurs! Competition TIME! Entrepreneurs should submit their business ideas between Thursday, 18 April – Sunday, 19 May 2019. 

The YouthStartCT Challenge is a start-up programme which aims to contribute to skills development and innovation, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship in Cape Town.  

Do you have an innovative idea for creating employment in your community?

We want you to come up with the best entrepreneurial ideas for boosting employment in your local community.

We will provide training and development opportunities for start-ups.

The winners will be given the chance to partner with the City of Cape Town on projects which will uplift job seekers and provide sustainable employment opportunities.

How it works

Every entry will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Hydroponics business ideas (growing plants and herbs that do not rely on water or soil)
  • Mobile application development (using technology to help prevent online scams and theft of personal information)
  • Social development business ideas (upliftment projects that can increase employment and upskill local talent)
  • Water saving business ideas (innovative ways to preserve Cape Town’s water supply).

The top 100 entrants will be notified by email by Saturday, 25 May 2019 and will be offered training and mentoring workshops to further develop their ideas. 

They will be required to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges between Wednesday, 29 May – Saturday, 22 June and a number of entries will be eliminated from the competition each week.

The winner, alongside two finalists, will be announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday, 25 June.

How to enter

  • Create a three minute video explaining your idea, with as much detail as possible.
  • Upload the video to a public video platform such as YouTube. Make sure you note down the URL as you will need to include it in your entry form.
  • Complete the YouthStartCT entry form HERE.
  • Submit your entry by Sunday, 19 May 2019.


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