Akro is a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses. We offer events, venture funding and consulting services, and we have a painfully practical attitude towards entrepreneurship.
UCT Leopards Lair 2021
Calling all University of Cape Town student entrepreneurs!
R250 000 in prizes
Thank you to NWU Leopards Lair for giving permission to use the name Leopards Lair for this competition for this year.
Join us live 5 October 12:00pm – 15:00 pm to see the Leopards in action prowling around student startups.
These finalists have been in front of these high quality judges, pitched and are now in the finals.
Magda Wierzycka – co founder of Sygnia Asset Management and Braavos – will not be available to judge due to unforeseen commitment
Jason Basel - co founder of EduOne, Akro and currently Head of Growth with Qoorio
Jason is the Head of Growth at Lithuanian knowledge sharing company Qoorio, a platform that enables people to book each other to share advice.
He was formerly the CEO and co-founder at EduOne (acquired by Fundi Capital in 2020), a company operating South Africa's largest career guidance platform and a leading innovator in education funding services. The ed-tech company has ranked among Fast Company's Top 25 Most Innovative companies in South Africa, and boasts over 3 million users.
In addition to his role at EduOne, Jason also co-founded Akro, a pioneering venture-builder company that owns and operates a network of businesses on a mission to facilitate grassroots growth of true entrepreneurs and scalable startup businesses. Among the Akro network is Akro Accelerate, a super-early stage accelerator backed by Africa's largest venture capital fund, the SA SME Fund, and which pioneered the space with SA's first fully-remote, township-based program alongside Imvelo Ventures and the Technology Innovation Agency.
In 2017, Jason was named one of 200 Leaders of Tomorrow from a globally-selected pool of innovators by the St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland. Jason was also chosen as one of Investec and the Department of Science and Technology's 'most promising entrepreneurs in the field of education', representing his country at one of the world's largest tech events, Slush, in Helsinki Finland.
Outside of his professional life, Jason is an intrepid adventurer. He loves wandering into the wild North of Scandinavia in the midst of an icy winter, the coastlines in Southern Africa in the peak of summer or the sheering mountains of the Alps whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Anton is a Co-Founder of Empowerment Capital Investment Partners.
Empowerment Capital specialises in setting up and managing Corporate venture Capital investment companies such as Imvelo Ventures, which has been set up by Empowerment Capital in partnership with Capitec Bank.
Before starting with Empowerment Capital Anton was the Managing Director of the National Empowerment Rating Agency and a partner at Transcend Capital, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm which specialised in M&A and BEE related transactions for large listed South African and multinational corporates. He also served as a Finance Director on the Board of ABP, the Association of BEE Professionals and in this role, he represented the entire BEE verification Industry to the Department of Trade and Industry.
Anton is a qualified German lawyer and also holds an MBA from the Berlin School of Economics.
11 Finalists Announced!
Social Innovation Ideation
Social Innovation Ideation
Commercial Innovation Ideation
Frequently Asked Questions
Any questions you have will be answered.
Monday 6 September 17:30 p.m. sharp
Create a 3 minute pitch for your company / idea.
This needs to include the following topics :
1 Company Profile
2.1 Include name of the company , vision and team members
2 Problem Statement
2.2 Identify the pain points you are solving.
3 Target Market
2.3 Identify who experiences these pain points by segmenting your customers.
4 Solution Statement /Product
4.1 How are you making the customer’s pain their gains?
4.2 Outline each unique value proposition
5 Revenue Model
2.5 Identify how you will make money by presenting your revenue and cost structure
6.1 Identify your competition and how you aim to differentiate yourself from them.
On Pre selection Pitch day please note that you will ONLY have 3 minutes to pitch
Application form needs to be submitted for the application to be considered
A minimum of 7 slides and a maximum of 10 slides can be submitted.
3. Available to pitch on the 11th September, 25th September, and the 5th of October 2021
4. Be a registered UCT Student for 2021, or alumni from the last 3 years (2018 – to now)
5. Ruling by the Judges is Final and at the sole discretion of the Judges
6. By applying on the UCT Shark Tank you agree to receive Akro Capital Newsletter, which includes UCT Shark Tank updates among other Akro related updates.
As for the pitch, we need you to complete the application form. Click here to complete.
Although not necessary to have your pitch attached at time of application, please note we want you to ensure you have your pitch deck ready for Round 1 of Pre selection process.
Eligibility for Test Funding
- Student has developed and researched a socially innovative idea.
- Requires funding for further development and pilot to refine business model
Eligibility for Startup Funding
- Student/alumni has made significant steps towards product development, and can
Simon Shelton – Project Lead – UCT Investsoc
Mthoko Magubane – COO – UCT Entrepreneurs Society
Mandisa Makubani – Unlimited Experiences
Joel van der Schyff – AgrilogiQ
Nicolene Schoeman-Louw – Schoeman Law
No worries, we are happy to have UCT student representation for one founder only.
Yes we have a separate category for Ideation to win R20 000. Please make sure you are still available for the Important dates.
No worries. Join us for a workshop 9 September online at 16:15pm where we will take you through a business model canvas. Register here
Yes as long as you were an alumni from 2018 and not before.