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Youth Innovation Challenge 2023 Ignites Excitement and Collaboration in Durban


A surge of innovation and collaboration filled the air as the Youth Innovation Challenge 2023 took off on August 17th at the prestigious Old Mutual Tech Hub. The event brought together partners, executives from public and private sectors, and diverse attendees all passionate about driving change.

A Grand Launch

The event kicked off with an energetic networking session, laying the foundation for a day of connections and shared aspirations. Tendai Pasipamire, Programme Lead at Innovate Durban, opened with a welcome, underlining the challenge's role in shaping the city's future.


Inspiring Insights

Aurelia Albert, CEO of Innovate Durban, provided an overview of Innovate Durban's mission and the challenge's background. This led to a thought-provoking keynote by Justice Matarutse, Program Manager, Innovation from eThekwini, who highlighted circular economies' role in sustainable development.

Unity in Partnerships

Adams & Adams and Zutari, esteemed challenge partners, expressed unwavering support for innovation. Their messages resonated, emphasizing the collaborative spirit driving the Youth Innovation Challenge.

Real Stories, Real Impact

Testimonials from past participants underscored the platform's tangible impact on lives and communities. Inspiring videos showcased previous winners, spotlighting the influence YIC had on their career paths and entrepreneurial journeys.

Unveiling a Vision

Amid charged anticipation, Tendai Pasipamire officially launched the Youth Innovation Challenge 2023. The theme, objectives, and transformative potential were revealed, sparking purpose and excitement among attendees.

A Promising Future

Closing remarks left attendees inspired and motivated to contribute. The launch not only signaled a remarkable journey's start but united changemakers committed to creating circular economies and sustainable development in Durban.

Join the Circular Revolution: Youth Innovation Challenge 2023

Are you a young innovator? The countdown is on for the Youth Innovation Challenge 2023, hosted by Innovate Durban in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, Adams & Adams, Zutari, and Old Mutual Tech Hub. This game-changing challenge focuses on using technology and innovation for thriving circular economies, aligned with Economic Development and SDGs.

Why Participate?

Join 80 young visionaries, aged 18 to 35, in tackling pressing Durban challenges. Contribute, gain recognition, and expand horizons while shaping the city's future.


The Challenge: Transforming Communities Through Circular Economies

Unleash creativity and entrepreneurial spirit under the theme "Thriving Circular Economies in Durban." Be at the forefront of driving sustainable change.


Prizes That Matter

Cash prizes, trademark sponsorship, and a chance to join a 12-Month Programme await the top three solutions. Selected students enjoy a paid two-week engineering project experience.

Who Can Apply?

Problem solver, innovator, change agent? Join as an individual or team, aged 18-35, with STEM qualification or in the final year. Reside in Durban and commit to the challenge's journey.


Join the Journey: Mark Your Calendar

Applications Open: Aug 17, 2023 Deadline: Sep 17, 2023 Workshops: Sep 26, 2023 Solution Development: Oct 26, 2023 Final Pitch: Oct 27, 2023 Award Ceremony: Oct 31, 2023

Shape Durban's Future


Be part of the journey to brighter, more sustainable tomorrows, powered by technology and innovation.

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