Six MUT students qualify for the regional EDHE competition

Ntombifuthi Mthembu, right, with the winners

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) continues its efforts to inculcate the culture and spirit of entrepreneurship within its students and staff. On 27 May 2022, the University ran the internal round of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Entrepreneurship Intervarsity Competition.

For this internal round, MUT received 48 submissions and 45 were shortlisted. On the day of the competition, 24 students took part.

The winners were Lungelo Sithole, and Siphosethu Mathonsi – Existing General Business category; Mthandeni Mzobe, and Lindokuhle Zulu – Existing Social Impact category; and Bongumusa Makhathini and Sphamandla Mtolo – Innovative Idea category.

These winners will progress to the Regional Round of the EDHE Intervarsity Competition, where they will compete against students from UKZN, DUT and the University of Zululand. The Regional Competition will be held from 12– 16 September 2022. The winners of the internal round will undergo pitch readiness training in July.

Ntombifuthi Mthembu, Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer in the Department of Human Resources and Management at MUT said the overall purpose of the competition was 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 pitching their innovative business ideas. Students with existing businesses are also afforded an opportunity. In the process, universities will have an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent and demonstrate how they support and grow the next generation of business leaders,” she said.