VUT students excel at the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity 2023 Central Regional Rounds
By: Qhawekazi Memani – 12 October 2023
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) students showcased their entrepreneurial prowess at the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Intervarsity Regional Competition 2023, hosted at the North-West University (NWU)’s Vanderbijlpark Campus on 10- 11 October 2023.
The studentpreneurs were accompanied by Mses Nondumiso Lufele, a Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Mmatshepo Rathebe, Mimi Tsosane, Mr Prajesh Bhika, and Junior Namaya – all representatives of VUT at different EDHE Communities of Practice.
Brief information about the students and their companies:
Fooddable: Revolutionizing Food Waste Management
Tumisho Thobejane, a Biomedical Technology student, has turned a childhood dream into reality with Fooddable, a pioneering food security enterprise on a mission to combat the food waste epidemic in fast food chains. The concept revolves around the creation of tokens redeemable for meals at partner restaurants, enabling individuals to simultaneously curb food waste and support local businesses.
Thobejane’s ingenuity lies in the use of a cashless currency, benefitting both restaurants and those in need. By prioritizing smaller establishments and collecting vital data, Fooddable is on a mission to rally larger chains to join their cause. Tumisho’s business idea won under the existing business- social impact category and will represent the Central Region ( VUT, NWU, CUT, UFS and SPU) in the finals.
Orgicream: A Health-Conscious Indulgence
Tsholofelo Karabo Qathatso, a Safety Management student, is carving a niche in entrepreneurship with Orgicream, a home-based ice cream venture specializing in crafting organic and vegan treats from scratch. Using an array of organic fruits and vegetables, Orgicream distinguishes itself through its emphasis on health benefits and nutritional value, catering to individuals with specific dietary concerns.
Qathatso envisions a diverse customer base, encompassing health-conscious individuals, vegetarians, and anyone seeking a wholesome ice cream alternative. While acknowledging potential challenges like load shedding affecting product shelf life, she remains resolute in her commitment to quality.
Holistic Healing for Mental Wellness
Kamogelo Moloto, a 3rd-year VUT student in Financial Information Systems from, Sebokeng. Kamogelo is driven by the realisation that many individuals struggle to find the time or access necessary facilities for mental health support. Her business idea revolves around “Holistic Healing”.
The venture aims to tackle issues related to mental health and inflexibility. What sets Kamogelo’s business apart is their approach to healing, allowing clients to express themselves creatively through bead weaving. The business caters to both professionals and students. Kamogelo operates as a sole trader. Kamogelo foresees potential challenges in the implementation process but didn’t specify them. However, they are determined to overcome these hurdles as they arise.
The goal is to establish a safe haven for mental wellness by creating a studio environment. Kamogelo envisions their business making a positive impact on society by providing a space for individuals to prioritize their mental well-being.
Past Entrepreneurial Experience: Kamogelo hasn’t participated in previous entrepreneurial competitions or received any recognition for their ventures.
These projects possess the potential to make a substantial positive impact on society and the environment. Fooddable’s innovative partnership with fast food establishments directly addresses the issue of food waste, ensuring surplus food is put to good use rather than being discarded. Additionally, Orgicream’s dedication to organic and vegan ingredients not only promotes healthier dietary choices but also fosters collaboration with local farmers, contributing to their economic upliftment.
VUT is proud of the students and congratulates fooddable for making it to the finals!