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The Launch Lab Workshop re Water and Waste Management Challenge


20 July 2017 [group_audience]
unch Lab Workshop re Water and Waste Management Challenge

The Launch Lab Workshop re Water and Waste Management Challenge

The LaunchLab will be hosting an SU Water and Waste Management Challenge empowered by the Stellenbosch University, Sustnet and the Stellenbosch Innovations District amongst other partners. This Ideas Challenge is very much Stellenbosch focused and thought that this could be some fitting content for Stellenbosch 360 going forward.

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“South Africa is facing a multi-faceted water challenge, which, if not addressed effectively, has the potential to significantly limit the economic growth potential of the country.” -SA Integrated Water Quality Management Plan

We are in the midst of a water crisis and because Stellenbosch University (SU) is committed to making science and innovation relevant for society, Prof. Leopoldt van Huyssteen, SU’s outgoing Chief Operating Officer is proposing that the Stellenbosch community represented by the Stellenbosch Innovation District (SID) take up this Water & Waste Management Challenge to look for solutions to this local, national and international crisis.

LaunchLab will be facilitating this challenge on behalf of Prof van Huyssteen in partnership with SU and SID.  To kick it off, the Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab is hosting a Challenge Workshop on 23 March. The purpose of the workshop is to provide context for the current challenges to help potential participants identifying solutions within the following areas:

Water and waste management solutions that improve the quality of our water sources
Water filtration and treatment solutions
Water saving solutions
Water and waste recycling solutions
Water and waste management solutions for at work and at home
Water and waste management solutions for agriculture

Why should you join us?
Preparation for your pitch
Attending the workshop will give you the opportunity to listen to and engage with experts who will help you to better understand the challenge, stimulate your thinking aand provide clarity about the value of your idea. The challenge is part of our Ideas Programme, and winning ideas receive a share of R50 000 in seed funding and LaunchLab incubation support (including workspace, Internet, portfolio manager and mentorship) to the value of R80 000.
Refreshments will be served.
Workshop details
Date:     23 March 2017
Time:     15:00 - 17:30   
Venue:  Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Stellenbosch
To sign up for the workshop and for more information visit the challenge page at

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