Two weeks ago young people from the RLabs GROW Leadership Academy programme attended a Startup Weekend event hosted at the Bandwidth Barn in Khayelitsha. The event was to showcase ideas that could drive innovative solutions with the possibility of starting a growing enterprise. The Startup Weekend methodology allows individuals to pitch their innovative startup ideas and the best ideas are then chosen and prototyped within 48 hours. The other interesting aspect is that most people would have met for the first time at the event so working together on an idea could be more challenging than first perceived.
Our young people were part of different groups and they indicated that they’ve learned so much in the short space of time about how to go about starting a business that has the potential to generate an income but also bring about social change. Some of the ideas including a fire-warning system that is linked to the emergency services, creating ONE application to apply to all higher education institutions instead of the multiple applications and assisting consumers to save time by queuing less. Seeing how the teams worked hard towards getting their presentations and prototypes ready was really encouraging. The judging panel also had a difficult time selecting their winners as all the start-ups had validation in being pursued. The overall winner was the “Khayafighters” team that also included one of our RLabs young people. The audience winner was the ONE Application project that also had RLabs young people being part of the team.
We are very proud to all our young people for participating at the Startup Weekend and they’ve proven that they could without a doubt be leading the change in both social and business sectors.