23 May ctrlSHIFT Round 2
Tech Idea Competition
Wealth Creators and The Coding Ground have combined forces and are hosting a competition called CTRLSHIFT for tech minded teenagers in Gauteng. The competition opened in February, and gives high school students who have cool tech ideas an opportunity to learn how to code, build a prototype and turn their ideas into a viable business. Winners of the competition get to win up to R65,000 in prizes. Over 30 ideas using technology were submitted from public and private schools in the province and an independent committee selected 15 of the best ideas to participate in the Wealth Creator Boot Camp. On Sunday May 20th, Round 2 of the ctrlSHIFT Competition by Wealth Creators came to a close.
Selected students for Round 2 of the competition were then taken to Riversands Incubation Hub for a two day boot camp where the Wealth Creator team coached them on the four lessons central to Wealth Creator’s Youth Academy, they learned how to develop their ideas into businesses and how to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for investment. After the boot camp students were given 24 hours to prepare their final pitches.
The students made their final pitch to competition judges Madoda Kuzwayo, Jason Suttie and Anthony McHenry. We had an opportunity to hear different tech solutions to many every day provides that we face. Some of the ideas were a chat app for disillusioned young girls who want to connect with someone who relates to them, a finance app connecting people to financial advisors, or a an app that will help you rent out your unused home gym equipment. It was a difficult for the judges but they managed to select six business to go to Round 3 of the competition.
The next round will be led by Wealth Creators partners, The Coding Ground, which is a software craftsmanship academy that focuses on the art and science of cultivating software developers with in-demand technical, leadership and interpersonal skills. Participants will be taught the craft of coding and will get to participate in the development of their tech and business ideas into wireframes. We look forward to seeing the students continue to develop their entrepreneurial and tech acumen over the next months!
Thank you to the Wealth Creator Coaching team that guided the students on how to develop their tech ideas into businesses. Scelo Buthelezi, Tintswalo Mashimbyi, Mpho Mathiba, Nqobile Rikhotso and Joseph Ginsberg.
Wealth Creators would also like to thank our guest judges on the day who had to make some tough decisions, Madoda Kuzwayo, Anthony McHenry and Jason Suttie.