Accessibility in the Remote Working World: Seeking Stellenbosch’s Best Ideas

Do you have an idea for increasing accessibility in the remote working world? Stellenbosch Network is on the lookout for innovative business models, process flows, or technology ideas that will help improve the lives of locals in Stellenbosch and its surrounds as part of its #IdeasForChange Challenge.

Stellenbosch Network Operations Manager, Hanli Brink, says: “Since the start of the national lockdown on the 27th of March, millions of South Africans have been forced to work remotely in order to keep themselves safe from contracting and spreading the coronavirus. Despite the easing of restrictions, the president has urged those who can, to still do so. However, for many, this new way of working is a challenge due to a variety of issues around accessibility ranging from data, technology and sanitation, to funding, personal protective equipment and transport. We’re looking for a business model, a process flow, or any sort of idea that would be relevant to the greater Stellenbosch area.”

Everyone who enters will get the opportunity to attend a master class to explore how to bring their idea to life. The top three ideas will be entered into a poll on social media and their originators will vie for the chance to win the R20,000 cash prize.

Brink shares that the aim of the #IdeasForChange Challenge is to stimulate Stellenbosch’s entrepreneurship and innovation culture to get people thinking about solutions that have the potential to become actual products. “It’s about local people solving local problems. As an organisation that brings people together from business, government, society and academia, we can take the winning idea and use our connections to help it materialise and benefit those who might need it.”

The Challenge is open to anyone from Stellenbosch and surrounds aged 18 years and older.  Entries close 21 September 2020. Submit your idea via

“We welcome creative, innovative and scalable ideas for ways to work better,” concludes Brink.

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About Stellenbosch Network:

Stellenbosch Network is a cross-sector and inter-disciplinary membership organisation that brings people together from industry, government, society, and academia with the aim of sharing ideas, fostering connections, and encouraging collaboration and partnership for inclusive economic growth for the greater Stellenbosch area.

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