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Our challenge is to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to generate new jobs and career prospects for individuals across various industries and regions that not only have the potential to thrive in the market but also possess a proven capacity to generate employment opportunities. We seek solutions that align with our mission of promoting job creation, ensuring their viability as scalable enterprises through rigorous product development and validation processes.

Criteria for submissions

We invite entrepreneurs, innovators, and visionaries to submit startup proposals that meet the following criteria:

Job Creation Focus: Your startup concept should be centered around creating job opportunities directly or indirectly. This could involve traditional employment models, gig economy platforms, skill-building ventures, or novel approaches to addressing unemployment.

Viability: Your startup idea must demonstrate its viability as a scalable business venture. This includes a well-defined business model, revenue generation potential, and a clear path to sustainability.

Product Development: Submissions should have undergone relevant product development processes, including market research, prototyping, and user testing, to validate their concept and establish product-market fit.

Innovation: We are looking for creative and disruptive solutions that stand out in the market. Whether it's through technological advancements, unique business models, or novel approaches to problem-solving, innovation is a key criterion.

Impact: Your startup should have the potential to make a meaningful impact on job creation, particularly targeting underserved communities or regions facing employment challenges.


Inclusivity: We encourage solutions that promote inclusivity and diversity in the job market, ensuring that opportunities are accessible to all, irrespective of background or circumstance.

Sustainability: Solutions should be aligned with sustainable practices and industries, contributing to a greener and more resilient future.

Technological Advancements: Embrace the potential of technology to transform industries, from artificial intelligence and automation to digital platforms and e-commerce.

Skills Development: Empower individuals with the necessary skills and training to thrive in the evolving job landscape.

Regional Impact: Recognize the importance of local and regional economies, aiming to create opportunities in underserved areas.


By participating in this competition, you have the chance to make a lasting impact on society and the economy. Not only will you have the opportunity to get funding to turn your idea into reality, but you'll also join a network of like-minded individuals and organizations committed to solving one of today's most critical challenges.

Winning ideas will receive:

• R10 000 and an Apple laptop 
• Access to mentors
• Possibility of collaborating with the venture studio

Join Us in Tackling Unemployment: This startup competition is an opportunity to turn your innovative idea into a force for job creation and economic growth. By participating, you contribute to a brighter future for individuals seeking employment opportunities and help build a stronger, more resilient economy.

Submit your proposals now and be a part of the solution to one of society's most pressing challenges. Together, we can make a difference.


To apply, please submit:
1. A video pitch that is 30 seconds long on your proposed solution
2. Three slides detailing the problem, the market and the proposed solution.
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