Stellenbosch University LaunchLab Science Idea – $7000 in prize money

Do you have an awesome existing business?

We want to hear about your science-based solution and give you the chance to win a share of almost $ 7 000 in prize money, a spot in one of SU LaunchLab’s incubation programs, and more!

What are we looking for?

We are looking for entrepreneurs with commercialisable ideas or existing businesses that provide science-based solutions to African challenges in the following fields:

  • Physical sciences – physics, chemistry, earth, and space
  • Life sciences – biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, botany, ecology
  • Applied sciences – engineering, medicine
  • Computer sciences
  • Mathematics

If your science-based solution is suitable for the Showcase you will fit the following eligibility criteria for either category:

Existing BusinessIdea
You are operating in  AfricaYou have a science-based solution to address an African challenge* You have an MVP and/or are sellingYou have at least one full-time team memberYou have been working on your venture for more than 6  monthsWilling to enter SU LL’s flagship Countdown program’s February cohort (8-week course)You are situated in AfricaYou have a science-based and commercialisable idea that would address an African challenge*Willing to enter SU LL’s flagship Countdown program’s February cohort (8-week course)

*The challenge does not have to be unique to Africa but must be encountered in Africa

How it works

1. Deadline:

Submit your ideas online by 23:59 on Sunday, 29 August 2021. 

2. Shortlisting:

After all the submissions are received, the top participants will be shortlisted, and from that, we will select 8 – 10 finalists. 

3. Virtual pitching event:

Shortlisted participants will pitch to a panel of judges, potential investors, and an audience at a live event via Zoom on 21 September 2021 from 14:00 – 16:30 SAST. Every team will have 4 minutes to pitch and the judges will have 4 minutes to present questions. 

Click here to apply.