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Dear Student and Staff member!

 

CUT supports innovators & entrepreneurs! Do you want to post an innovation idea or project? Please complete the CUTis’ Idea Generator Idea Posting Form https://cut.questionpro.com/IGYMCUTIS and we will contact you via the ideagenerator@cut.ac.za email to arrange a one-on-one meeting in person or online to discuss your idea/project and advise you in how to become an entrepreneur.

 

We offer training programs in entrepreneurship development and social enterprise – for more information visit our webpage!




Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) 2022


The i-GYM invites you to the following 2022 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.

NB! Please register online even when attending in person. 

 i-GYM EDP Kick-Off  Workshop 

Topic: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Creativity & Innovation

Date: January 2022  11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link

i-GYM EDP Workshop Series 1: MARKETING

(Quarter 1)

Topic: EDP Workshop 1/4 - Target Marketing

Date: 15 February 2022, 11:00am - 13:00pm

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link



i-GYM EDP Workshop 3/4 (Management) 

Topic: Management - Project Management

Date: 24 April 2022; 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Please note that this session is postponed to 29 April 2022; 11:00 am due to load shedding.

Where: Attend via Zoom link only


i-GYM EDP Workshop 2/4 (Marketing)

Topic: Relationship Marketing

Date: 18 February 2022 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link


i-GYM EDP Workshop 4/4 (Management) 

Topic:  Project Management Assignment's re-evaluation

Date: 29 April 2022; 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend via Zoom link online


i-GYM EDP Workshop 3/4 (Marketing) 

Topic: Finance of a Marketing Plan

Date: 25 February 2022 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link


i-GYM EDP Workshop Series 3: ADMINISTRATION (Quarter 3)

i-GYM EDP Workshop 1/4 (Administration)

Topic:  Operational Plan for capital planning for SME's

Date: 6 May 2022

Where: Attend via Zoom link


i-GYM EDP Workshop 4/4 (Marketing) 

Topic: Follow-up of a Marketing Plan session - how to compile a budget

Please note: Re-scheduled to 11 March 2022

Date: 11  March 2022; 9:00 Harare, Pretoria 

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link



i-GYM EDP Workshop 2/4 (Administration) 

Topic: Valu-E Game Sessions

Date: 13 May 2022

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM

See the information flyer below


i-GYM EDP Workshop Series 2: MANAGEMENT (Quarter 1 & 2)

i-GYM EDP Workshop 1/4 (Management)

Topic: EDP Workshop -SME Business Management

Date: 11 March 2022, 12:00

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link



i-GYM EDP Workshop 3/4 (Administration) 

Topic: Finances and Assignment's re-evaluation

Date: May 20, 2022 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link




i-GYM EDP Workshop 2/4 (Management) 

Topic: Legal Aspects of a Business

Date: 7 April 2022; 11:00 Harare, Pretoria

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link


i-GYM EDP Workshop 4/4

Topic: EDP Business Plan template discussion

Date: To be announced

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link


i-GYM EDP Workshop 5  (Master class -Finances)

Date: 26 August 2022; 9:00 Harare, Pretoria   

Session 1: How capital expenditures work

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link

Click Here to Join us for session 1: Zoom



i-GYM EDP Workshop 5  (Master class -Finances)

Date: 26 August 2022; 12:00 Harare, Pretoria   

Session 2: Managing your finances on Excel

Where: Attend in person at the i-GYM or via Zoom link

Click Here to Join us for session 2: Zoom










Successful Events Completed Quarter 1: 2022


Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) 2022Find the Invites and Zoom links to the workshops above
Event hosted: Mr Peader Casey - Support Systems for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland
CUT - Turning job seekers into job creatorsRead about the Idea Generator's exciting role at CUT


Success Stories:    
Successful projects hosted by the i-Gym listed as projects below.

  • 2019 Innovation Challenge
  • 2020 Innovation Challenge
  • 2021 Innovation Challenge






                                                                            




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.

Innovative Ideas are the pipeline to CUT units such as PDTS, CRPM, FabLab, CUTis and the Technology Transfer Office, who are leaders in prototyping, research and business development.

Services

  • One-on-one consultations with the Idea Generator Manager, experts or PDTS
  • 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 and Ideation sessions
  • 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.


PDTS: https://www.cut.ac.za/pdts


Technology Transfer Office (TTO): https://www.cut.ac.za/tto


FabLab (Makers Space): https://www.cut.ac.za/fablab



CUT Innovation Services https://cutis-online.co.za/



Other CUT Services Offered:

CRPM Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM).

CRPM: https://www.cut.ac.za/crpm


Information Share

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.

 

Success Stories

Contact us

E-mail us your ideas: ideagenerator@cut.ac.za


Uploaded: 31 October 2022
2020 i-Gym Innovation Challenge

2020 i-Gym Innovation Challenge


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2019 i-Gym Innovation Challenge

2019 i-Gym Innovation Challenge


2019 Student and Staff  i-Gym Innovation Challenge winners pitch their ideas  Presentation by Gareth Gericke - Student winner of the 2019 i-Gym Innovation...

2021 I-GYM INNOVATION CHALLENGE

2021 I-GYM INNOVATION CHALLENGE


The Idea Generator (i-Gym) is excited to invite allCUT staff to take part in our annual Innovation Challenge!i-GYM cordially invites you to submit your...

Leap Innovation Challenge 2021

Leap Innovation Challenge 2021


Application form:LEAP Innovation Challenge Application Form 2021

i-Gym and CUT Faculty Ideation Training Workshop 2021

i-Gym and CUT Faculty Ideation Training Workshop 2021


Topic: i-GYM Ideation Training WorkshopWhen: Mar 31, 2021 10:00 Harare, Pretoria  Program10:00 am - 10.10: Introduction - Presentation: Interfaculty Ideation...

Entrepreneurship Development Program 2021

Entrepreneurship Development Program 2021


The i-GYM offered the following successful EDP workshops during 2021.Students, staff and entrepreneurs and members of the community who signed up for this...

Mr Peadar Casey - Support Systems for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Technology, Ireland

Mr Peadar Casey - Support Systems for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Technology, Ireland


Africa Day 2022

Africa Day 2022


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Exciting Business Opportunities

Exciting Business Opportunities


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