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UEL Supports the UKZN Entrepreneurship Programme



UEL Supports the UKZN Entrepreneurship Programme

UEL Supports the UKZN Entrepreneurship Programme. The University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) has consistently been recognized as one of South Africa’s leading institutions for research output over the past six years, according to the Department of Higher Education and Training. This accolade underscores UKZN commitment to impactful research, as emphasized by Professor Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Research, who stated, “We shouldn’t just do research for the sake of academic research and publishing. As a university, we want to ensure that our research has maximum socio-economic impact.”

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UKZN Student Entrepreneurship Programme

Recently, UKZN took another significant step towards fostering socio-economic development by hosting the UKZN Student Entrepreneurship Programme at its Westville Campus. This event featured ten student finalists who had the chance to pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of five judges. Each contestant was allocated three minutes to present their business idea, followed by two minutes for a Q&A session with the judges.

The event was organized by UKZN InQubate, the university’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. The launch of this programme was marked by a well-attended event, which included students, sponsors, support staff, and the guest of honor, Mr. Sihle Zikalala, the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Winning Business Idea| Hlanganani Educational App

The judges awarded first place to Ndabenhle Moloi for his Hlanganani Educational App. This innovative application aims to connect various stakeholders in the basic education sector, including teachers, parents, students, education departments, and retailers. By facilitating better communication and collaboration, the app seeks to enhance the overall educational experience.

As a reward for his outstanding idea, Ndabenhle was sponsored by UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) with a three-day short course of his choice. This course aims to equip him with the essential skills needed to develop and manage his business effectively.

UKZN InQubate Role in Fostering Entrepreneurship

Through the UKZN Student Entrepreneurship Programme, UKZN InQubate plays a pivotal role in nurturing economically viable ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs. The support provided includes business mentorship, assistance in developing business plans, training for pitching, sourcing funding, and providing office space. This comprehensive support system ensures that student entrepreneurs have the necessary resources and guidance to bring their ideas to fruition.


UKZN commitment to promoting research with socio-economic impact is evident through initiatives like the UKZN Student Entrepreneurship Programme. By supporting innovative business ideas and providing essential resources and mentorship, the university is fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs who can contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of South Africa. The success of the recent event at Westville Campus is a testament to the university’s dedication to nurturing talent and innovation within its student body.

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