Innovate the Cape invites high school learners to think of the challenges they see in their communities and dream of solutions to them. Groups of 2-5 learners submit detailed project proposals on anything from new technologies to awareness campaigns. These proposals are marked and given feedback from an international judging panel. A group of finalists is selected to receive up to R2,500 to give their idea a first shot. They also receive mentorship, training workshops and advice from an international community of advisors to help them make their ideas a reality. The top finalists receive further support and R2,500 in funding. The overall winners receive R10,000 and long term mentorship to implement their idea.

Why take part?

Want to change the world? Start by being the change in your community.

Innovate the Cape gives you the platform to do just that. It is more than just a competition. Innovate the Cape is a platform that provides you with all you need to get started as a social innovator. Provided you have the passion to do so, anyone can change the world.

Why to join the Innovate the Cape community:

  • become part of a network of young innovators on the same mission as you
  • receive advice and support from our local and international mentors
  • attend innovation workshops and get equipped to design your solutions
  • open up further opportunities to join local programs for innovators and entrepreneurs
  • receive international travel opportunities
  • fund your idea with up to R15,000


1 August: Deadline to submit your idea

19 August: Receive feedback from our local and international judges

20 August: The first event is the Intro Indaba held at the City Hall. If you are chosen as a finalist you will receive R2,500 to start making your idea. You will meet the other teams, share your idea and the innovation workshops will begin.

29 October: Finalists pitch their ideas at our Final Showcase. Winners receive a further R10,000.


 Submission Criteria

Impact What is the potential impact of your project on your community?
Time You need to develop your project within 5 weeks
Cost Can you create something with a maximum of R2,500?
Capacity Does your group have the necessary skill to roll this idea out? Remember, you will receive help from our mentors.
Sustainability Is it socially uplifting, environmentally friendly and economical?
Appropriateness Does your idea solve a specific problem, that targets a ‘pressing’ issue South Africans face? For example, we would prefer an idea on heating water for cooking over an idea on heating a swimming pool for winter.

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See our Frequently Asked Questions.