10 startups have made it to the finals of the second #Hack.Jozi Challenge, a competition which seeks to reward entrepreneurs with great digital ideas that can transform their communities.
In no particular order, the startups are Tuta-Me, TimeWize Parental Control, Mensch, Advicement, eSubmit, TechnoVera, Low Cost Educational Robotics Toy (LCERT), Gradrr, DueProp and Spotless.
The 10 finalists, who have won a one year membership at the ICT Hub in Braamfontein, South Africa, will jostle for the top prize.
After two elimination rounds, the winners will be selected with the sum of R1million awarded the first prize winner while two runners up will each receive R350,000. The prize money are equity-free!
The 10 finalists were among the 100 startups selected following calls for applications. They were offered after-hours entrepreneurship and business training that helped them refine their ideas.
Thereafter, they were pruned down to 20. They received additional business mentorship before the 10 finalists were selected.
The 10 finalists will all be hosted and mentored in Jozi’s digital innovation hub in the heart of Braamfontein, where they will have access to various resources, mentors, advisors as well as partners to make their vision of helping their community a reality.
The challenge was open to South African entrepreneurs addressing challenges in the following categories: General; Public spaces/tourism; Smart infrastructure, and Economic development.
The first edition of the challenge took place in 2015. It was won by entrepreneur and founder of MoWallet, Desmond Mongue, who received the sum of R1 million.
The entrepreneurs behind MoveThis Stuff and Lazy Lizzard each won R350,000 for placing second and third respectively.
The Challenge is organized in partnership with The City of Johannesburg (The Department of Economic Development), which committed R5 million to the cause, and Wits University through the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).