The Idea Generator (i-Gym) is excited to invite all CUT students and staff to take part in our annual Innovation Challenge!
i-GYM Innovation Challenge 2021 for learners in collaboration with STEMI Academy, CUT and Eskom EXPO FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS, invites all Grade 4 - 12 Learners to take part in in the annual i-GYM Innovation Challenge
i-GYM cordially invites you to submit your creative, or innovative idea/project.
Solutions can be local or global, small business or industrial, preventative or treatment actions, creative or data-driven, a unique improvement or new and novel invention or project.
Young innovators are invited to submit creative or innovative ideas with social impact and have potential for commercialisation.
|Eligibility: Open to all registered CUT students and CUT staff members.|
Application Form: Entry Form 2021 IC Challenge
Benefits: Prizes up to the value of R25 000* to develop your idea or project will be awarded.
You may submit more than one idea for consideration to be shortlisted.
To apply follow the link below:
Application Form and Power Point Presentation template available at:
Registration Opens: 9 July 2021
Registration Closes & final day for submission of presentations: 9 August 2021
Preparation Workshops: Third week in August 2021 - shortlisted participants will be informed via email.
Practice and testing of shortlisted presentations: Last week in August 2021
Innovation Challenge Finals:
Students & Staff: 2 September 2021 including workshops facilitated by an international expert 31 August 2021 & 1 September 2021
Registration opens: 9 July 2021
Ideation Sessions on how to improve your invention or project & ‘How to Pitch’ training sessions:
August 2021 – dates to be announced
Registration Closing date & Final day for submission of application with draft presentation: 16 August 2021
Practice runs for Innovation Challenge Pitching:
Learners: 6 September 2021
i-Gym Innovation Challenge for learners -
Live Finals: 8 September 2021
|Benefits to all participants: To be considered for placement in the 2021 i-GYM
Entrepreneurship Development Program.|
Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Terms and Conditions apply
5 Services offered by the i-GYM:
What will you find on this page:
|Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) 2021||Find the Invites and Zoom links to the workshops|
|CUT - Turning job seekers into job creators||Read about the Idea Generator's exciting role at CUT|
|2020 Innovation Challenge Project|
2019 Innovation Challenge Project
i-Gym Activities 2021:
Entrepreneurship Development Programme
The i-GYM invites you to the following 2021 EDP workshops.
Students, staff and entrepreneurs and members of the community who sign up for this opportunity, will receive guidance, advice and mentoring from experts.
i-GYM EDP Workshop 6
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Topic: Workshop 6: Legal Aspects to Comply with
Date: Friday 23 July 2021at 11:00am - 1pm SA Standard Time
i-GYM EDP Workshop 7
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Topic: Workshop 7: Legal Management
Date: Friday 30 July 2021at 11:00am - 1pm SA Standard Time
i-GYM EDP Workshop 8
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
Topic: Workshop 8: Strategic Management (How to Strategize and Outrun your Competitory)
Date: Friday 13 August 2021at 11:00am - 1pm SA Standard Time
i-GYM EDP Workshop 5
Topic: Workshop 5: Financial Management (Cash Projections)
Date: Friday 25 June 2021at 11:00am - 1pm SA Standard Time
i-GYM EDP Workshop 4
When: May 21, 2021 11:00 Harare, Pretoria
Topic: Workshop 4: Management (include all facets of management for a small business)
i-GYM EDP Workshop 3
When: 7 May 2021, 2021 11:00 Harare, Pretoria
Topic: Environment Scan (Macro, Market & Micro)
i-GYM EDP Workshop 2
When: Apr 16, 2021 11:00 Harare, Pretoria
Topic: EDP Workshop 2
i-GYM EDP Workshop 1 Repeat
When: Apr 23, 2021 11:00 Harare, Pretoria
Topic: Workshop 1 Repeat
i-GYM and CUT Faculty Ideation
Training Workshop - 31 March 2021
Facilitated by PDTS
Topic: i-GYM Ideation Training Workshop
When: Mar 31, 2021 10:00 Harare, Pretoria
10:00 am - 10.10: Introduction - Presentation: Interfaculty Ideation & Virtual reality tools - Company EON - Dr Ben Kotze
10.10 am - 11.00 Training - Facilitator: Mr Allan Kinnear: What is Ideation?
Innovations for those living with Special Needs
Innovate a service or product that will contribute towards improving the quality of life of those living with special needs:
There are four major types of special needs: Physical – muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, chronic asthma, epilepsy, etc.
Developmental – down syndrome, autism, dyslexia, processing disorders
Behavioral/Emotional – ADD, bi-polar, oppositional defiance disorder, etc.
Sensory Impaired – Blind, visually impaired, deaf, limited hearing
11.00 – 11.10 FabLab (Makerspace), CUTis
11.10 – 11.20 Assignments & launch of i-GYM Challenge - Drs Erasmus & Conradie
11.20 - 12.40 Practical ideation session in breakaway groups - Facilitator Mr Allan Kinnear
12.40 – 13.00 Q & A session & Photo Opportunity & Note of Thanks
CUT: turning job seekers into job creators
Education in innovation and entrepreneurship has become part of Universities of Technologies (UoTs) with the aim of turning more graduates from job seekers into job creators.
The Idea Generator was officially launched on 31 March 2017, with the intention of introducing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among the CUT community.
The Idea Generator offers a developmental hub where students, staff as well as the public, with the assistance of experts and lecturers develop their innovative ideas, projects and products into products that can be commercialised.
- One-on-one consultations with the Idea Generator Manager
- Presentations from industry professionals
- Demonstrations of new technologies
- Assistance on the pitching process to possible funders or to take part in competitions
- Proposal writing for funding applications
Activities at the IdeaGym
- Product creation seminars
- Developing entrepreneurial skills via a CUT Management Sciences Department developed game
- Lean Iterator sessions to take an idea/project to a business
- Art exhibitions
- Entrepreneurship Dialogues
- Problem-solving challenges
- “Men in Business” / “Women in business” Events
A bi-annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition being hosted by the IdeaGym where entrants have the opportunity to present inventions and ideas to a panel of experts. These ideas are channelled through the IdeaGym and other support or academic units at the CUT if possible.
The IdeaGym supports Research Unit for Evolvable and Manumation Systems (RGEMS) in their Sasol Solar Challenge.
Information on the specialized services that CUTis has to offer:
The Idea Generator Unit, known as i-GYM, offers a developmental hub where students, staff as well as the public, with the assistance of experts and lecturers developed their innovative ideas & projects with aim to commercialize. Innovative ideas, advanced and posted at the i-GYM via hosted challenges and events, where networking is also facilitated with industry, are pipelined for concretization at FabLab, PDTS, CRPM and TTO. The training component of i-GYM functions are done with workshops, webinars and entrepreneurship development programs collaborating with faculties and units. On campus infrastructure comprise of an i-GYM or idea-GYM (a converted gymnasium hall) equipped to host events with state-of-the-art audio- visual equipment, suitable to host workshops and events. https://www.cut.ac.za/idea-generator.
Technology Transfer Office (TTO): https://www.cut.ac.za/tto
FabLab (Makers Space): https://www.cut.ac.za/fablab
CUT Innovation Services https://www.cut.ac.za/cutis:
Other CUT Services Offered:
South Africa’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map
A survey of the support available for entrepreneurs in South Africa was undertaken by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa chapter in 2015. This infographic below highlights the updated 2017 version of the key findings with interactive buttons to provide a more detailed overview of the support available.
- Through its i-GYM facility, the Central University of Technology has created an entrepreneurial buzz on campus
- CUT Masters student flourish as dedicated start-up entrepreneur in Hydro-IT
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