With Leaderex just under a week away, the 9 finalists who will be pitching at the htxt.africa and Standard Bank Innovation Challenge have been selected.

The finalists were chosen from a total of 126 submissions through an online shortlisting process that was carried out by a panel of independent judges.

Our finalists are

  1. Evan Walther
  2.  Shaka Ramulifho
  3. Kuzivakwashe Muvezwa
  4. Paseka Litabe
  5. Rudi Kruger & Michelle Arnot-Kruger
  6.  Mzokhona Maxase
  7. Matthew Alcock
  8. Tom van der Bon
  9. Refilwe Mokomale

A special congratulations must go to our wildcard finalist, Refilwe Mokomale! The team at htxt.africa chose her for the raw potential of her idea, and we wish her the best of luckpresenting it at the challenge.

The finalists will be taken through pitch session training at the Standard Bank Incubator on 31st August, where their presentations will be polished to a bright shine.

On the day, those innovative ideas will be pitched to our group of esteemed judges: Jayshree Naidoo (Standard Bank); Andy Hadfield (Forgood); Hlubi Mboya Arnold (Future CEOs); and Amanda Khoza (Liberty Group).

The Innovation Challenge finals kick off at 08:30 on 5th September. If you would like to attend and support our finalists, point your browser at www.leaderex.com/register and use htxtpitch as
you code, print your ticket, and we’ll see you there.

For those of you who can’t make it, don’t fret, htxt.africa will be there to keep you in the loop with live tweets, stories, video streaming, and other editorial coverage of the event throughout the day.

And lastly, a big “Thank you!” to the Standard Bank Incubator, which aims to help entrepreneurs (both aspiring and established) to change the landscape of the economy and the country as a
whole. Without the Incubator’s involvement this competition would not be possible. You guys rock.

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.