MUT EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity participants impress the judges

Dr Ngcobo, seated, right, with the winners and MUT staff and the judges

“If I had enough money, I would put my money in all these businesses,” said Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, one of the judges that adjudicated the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Internal Rounds Competition recently. Dr Ngcobo, an MUT alumnus and an entrepreneur, applauded the students for the high standard of their presentations as they pitched their business ideas to a panel of four judges.

Of the 14 students that took part in the competition recently, four were judged as winners in various categories. In the innovative business idea category, there were two winners – Langalethu Malanda, and Mzamiseni Zondo.  Malanda’s business is Help A Student Organisation (HASO), while Zondo’s business is MK Beach Lockers. In the Existing Tech category, the winner was Wandile Sihiya. Sihiya’s business is called Pipe Boys Plumbing. The winners in the Existing Social Impact category were Makabongwe Sithole, with his Jabulani Foundation business, and Cebo Dlamini with his FIMDO business. The winners of the last category, the Existing General Business, were Njabulo Mzulwini, with his Love Beauty Salon business, and Lihle Zenzile, with her TM Project and Events business.

The overall purpose of the National Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Competition is to identify the top student entrepreneur at each of the 26 public universities in South Africa.

The competition also provides an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the ideation phase to pitch their innovative business ideas.  In the process, universities will have an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent and demonstrate the ways in which they support and grow the next generation of business leaders.

The winners of the internal competition are going to compete against DUT, UKZN and UniZulu in the next round.