Medical startup, TechnoVera has been crowned winner of the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, a competition which seeks to reward entrepreneurs with great digital ideas that can transform their communities.
TechnoVera, alongside 9 other startups, was selected to compete in the finals of the competition. The judges were impressed with its idea.
TechnoVera seeks to reduce the average waiting time for patients collecting chronic medication at primary healthcare collection facilities by creating smart lockers.
The startup received R1 million which will be used to develop its winning idea into a successful profitable enterprise.
Placing second was Tuta-me, a mobile app that connect tutors with students for tutoring services while eSubmit, an online platform on which building plans and other related documentation can be uploaded and/or downloaded for the purposes of obtaining building approval from local authorities, came third.
Both startup each received a sum of R350,000 which will also be used develop its idea into a successful profitable enterprise.
“The winning ideas of the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge are scalable and driven by highly motivated and capable young people who were born into the ICT age. Further development of their ideas will see them make a huge difference in helping people in Johannesburg while creating more jobs and economic opportunities as they grow,” said Ravi Naidoo, Executive Director for Economic Development for the City of Johannesburg
The three top startups, together with other finalists, all won a one year membership at the ICT Hub in Braamfontein, South Africa.
The winners, who all received a certificate of achievement, were announced at a gala dinner on May 18, 2016.
This is the second instalment of the challenge. The first took place last year and was won by entrepreneur and founder of MoWallet, Desmond Mongue, who received the sum of R1 million.
The Challenge was organized in partnership with The City of Johannesburg (The Department of Economic Development) and Wits University through the Jo’burg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE).