The Pitch UCT 2021 Funding | How to Apply

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The application for the Pitch UCT 2021 Funding for the academic year 2021 is now open for all entrepreneurship minded students in South Africa.

Pitch UCT 2021

Applications are now open for The Pitch UCT 2021, which gives University of Cape Town (UCT) budding student entrepreneurs a chance to win R25 000 in seed capital, and business mentorship. The final pitch event is scheduled for September.

The Pitch UCT 2021 is a student-led programme developed by the Academic Representatives’ Council in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC). It gives students an opportunity to enhance their entrepreneurial skills amid a pandemic, while preparing for a post-pandemic world where these skills will play a critical role towards growing employment.

The final competition will be a live pitching event in a socially distanced setting, which will allow for a judging panel and a limited audience.


Students who have a business idea or existing start-up that they’d like to take to the next level are welcome to apply. The programme is open to all registered UCT students and will offer participants invaluable entrepreneurial-thinking training from the entrepreneur eco-system. This includes key stakeholders such as the OVC, UCT’s Graduate School of Business MTN-Solution Space, UCT’s Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school)Careers Service, the Department of Student Affairs and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF).

Eligibility criteria

To stand a chance of winning seed funding of up to R25 000 and business mentorship and coaching from experienced players in the industry, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be a registered UCT student for 2021
  • Students must pitch a new idea or an existing start-up.

In terms of size and diversity, teams can include more than one member and a woman lead is strongly encouraged.




  • Application should be made as early as possible as final pitch is September 2021.

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Leonel Schuster

Leonel has been Teacher at Alliant International University since 2013. He began to write about admission details at Course Discovery.