Four PhD students have done Mzansi proud by winning an international entrepreneurship competition held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Team E-Smart, consisting of Nobuhle Ndebele, 24, Lindokuhle Nene, 25, Reitumetse Nkhahle, 26 and 29-year-old Gauta Matlou beat 45 other teams when they won the 2019 Hult Prize regional summit.
The Hult Prize challenge is in its 10th year now and it offers tertiary students from across the world a chance to create a social entrepreneurship start-up.
The Team E-Smart business model was the idea to create job opportunities for the youth through collection of electronic and electrical waste materials. The materials are then further recycled, repaired or re-purposed into new market products.
Rhodes was the only South African university that participated in the challenge. According to Goodthingsguy.com, the team coach, Dr Tshidi Mohapeloa, said:
"I am impressed with how they adapted and understood the business world.”
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