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Dear Student and Staff members - CUT supports innovators & entrepreneurs

Registered CUT students and staff can post an innovation idea or project by completing the CUTis' Idea Generator Idea Posting form available at https://cut.questionpro.com/igymapplication  

You will be contacted 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 on how to become an entrepreneur; 

AND/OR 

  Please click on the Competition button at the top of the page. 

Innovation Services, idea-GYM offer training programs in Entrepreneurship Development, Social Enterprise and Technical Innovation Entrepreneurship for registered CUT students and staff.
Please visit our EVENT page (click on button at the top)  for more info regarding EDP challenge winners and SEP challenge winner.New program 2024 no winners yet! 


Not a registered CUT student or staff member? Please note on offer at a fee is an Entrepreneurship Training program: 

Please follow this link https://cutis.co.za/short-courses/ for more information on this course and other short courses on offer!







                                                                            



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.



 
 

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: 20 May 2024
2020 i-Gym Innovation Challenge

2020 i-Gym Innovation Challenge


INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2020The Idea Generator (i-Gym) is excited to invite all CUT staff to take part in the 2020 Innovation Challengei-GYM cordially invites...

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


CUT i-GYM Innovation and EntrepreneurshipThe Idea Generator (i-Gym) is excited to invite allCUT staff to take part in our annual Innovation Challenge!i-GYM...

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


#CUT Invite - Africa Day Project - Accelerate your start-up! Prizes to be won!The i-GYM cordially invites you to submit your creative, or innovative idea...

Exciting Business Opportunities

Exciting Business Opportunities


Exciting Business OpportunitiesYour browser does not support HTML5 video.DESCRIPTION OF LIQUID SPOUTDESCRIPTION OF PAINT SAVER FUNNELDESCRIPTION OF BRAILLE...

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) 2023

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) 2023


Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)The i-GYM invites you to the following 2023 EDP workshops. Registered CUT students & CUT staff with an interest...

Master class on Business Proposal writing 2023

Master class on Business Proposal writing 2023


i-GYM Activities 2023

i-GYM Activities 2023


Your project plan outline inclusive of at least the first milestone should be done as per Technology Industry Agency Table provided in the idea-GYM Power...

i-Gym Competitions
i-Gym Training
i-Gym Events

Technology Transfer Office (TTO)
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Fablab (Makerspace)
Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM)
Product Development Technology Station (PDTS)

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CUT engineering students showcase innovative designs incorporating new techniques and modern technology

CUT engineering students showcase innovative designs incorporating new techniques and modern technology

CUT News ideaGYM

Pictured: The top three winning designs demonstrated creativity, originality, uniqueness, functionality,...


CUT’s i-Gym host the 2024 AI Hackathon challenge

CUT’s i-Gym host the 2024 AI Hackathon challenge

CUT News ideaGYM Research and Innovation

Seated from left: Dr Izabeth Conradie, Manager: Idea Generator, Dr Thabang Thinda, Head of Department:...


CUT’s Tourism and Hospitality Management students pitch innovative ideas at the Youth Business Zone competition launch

CUT’s Tourism and Hospitality Management students pitch innovative ideas at the Youth Business Zone competition launch

Management Sciences CUT News Students ideaGYM

Photo: One of the presenters, Chef Donovan Matlhare, senior CUT Hospitality and Tourism management student,...