North-West University South Africa
Female Founders
Youth Challenge

Are you a female under the age of 25 looking at problems facing the world around you and eager to be part of the solution? Would you like to develop the skills needed to not only solve those problems but also turn your solution into a business? Do you want to make a difference and contribute to achieving the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Then, the InnovateHER Youth Innovation Competition is made for you.

The participant can enter the competition by identifying a problem that they believe can be addressed with a digital solution (mobile phone app).InnovateHER is looking for creative and innovative ideas that address one or more of the SDGs, ranging from poverty reduction and climate action to gender equality and quality education.

All participants will receive access to the online training platform, peer support group and interactive sessions for a period of 12 weeks to develop their idea.

Training topics will include:

  • Design Thinking for Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Conceptualising your Business with the Business Model Canvas
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Financial Fundamentals
  • Mental Health & Wellness Support on relevant topics

All participants who complete the programme will be invited to a hackathon event to implement the Mobile App Development content & a graduation function where the finalists will compete live to determine the ultimate winners. If your idea is viable, feasible, unique & catches the eye of one of our industry judges, you can potentially secure funding to bring your idea to life. The overall winners will win a once-in-a-lifetime technology tour abroad, with Prof Leenta as your guide. 

Click here to apply. 

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