Leopards Lair Business Competition

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Leopards Lair Business Competition


We are looking for INNOVATIVE business ideas or product inventions from our undergraduate and post-graduate students!

Think critically, creative and solution-based!

FIRSTLY: Watch our online training!

Enter your UNIQUE idea, product, or invention.

Registrations: 14 April - 12 June 2022

Register here


The annual Leopards Lair competition encourages and supports student entrepreneurs across the three campuses of the North-West University (NWU) to become future employers and henceforth job creators by embracing the value of entrepreneurship as a career choice.

Undergraduate and postgraduate entrepreneurs are invited to submit their innovative business ideas.

The purpose of this competition is to identify the top student entrepreneurs, showcase their business ideas, give a kickstart to their businesses by providing seed funding, mentorship and coaching. 

The Process



Round 1: Idea generation & concept (Competition entry)

  • Top 60 entrants  to proceed to round 2

  • Announcement of top 20 per campus: 27 June



Round 2: Business model canvas and financial feasibility

  • Top 30 entrants to proceed to round 3
  • Announcement of top 10 per campus: 5 September



Round 3: Pitching your business

  • Top 10 overall to proceed to round 4

  • Announcement of top 10: 10 October



Round 4: Final presentations on all business aspects to an independent panel of business leaders.

  • Announcement of winners.

  • Date to be confirmed




For more information

Undergraduates please contact:

Annelie Steenkamp

+27(0) 16 910 3393

Postgraduates please contact:

Doret Kruger

082 927 0503



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