Innovate Durban, through the Youth Innovation Challenge 2022 is asking innovators the following question; 

How can we use digital skills and innovation to avert and/or decrease direct economic loss, damage to critical infrastructure, and disruption to basic services caused by disasters, to ultimately build sustainable cities and communities in KZN?


  • Winners have an opportunity to join the Start-Up Support Programme 2023
  • Winning solutions will receive prize money of R35 000, R25 000, and R15 000.
  • Upskill the participants in innovation skills and concepts  
  • Innovatively tackle social, system and structural issues   
  • Arranging start-up and product development support with partners  
  • Business development and job creation 

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Full description

The Youth Innovation Challenge is the Annual Flagship Programme of Innovate Durban which is held in partnership with institutions, organisations, businesses and government sectors locally and globally. 


  • Entry to the Youth Innovation Challenge is open to persons between the ages of 18-35 years only.  
  • You must be residing in KwaZulu – Natal  
  • Entrepreneurial-minded, innovative, and with problem-solving skills
  • An Interest in innovative/solutions in the following sectors: Climate Change, Digitalization, AI, and Technology, Education and Skills, Employment, Energy, Engineering, Government and Politics, Health and Wellbeing, Housing, and infrastructure, Local and Regional Development, Transportation, is an added advantage.  
  • People living with disabilities are welcome to apply 
  • Undertaking or completing a STEM-related tertiary qualification is an added advantage  
  • The YIC 2022 is run as an in-person event, participants must be able to attend the challenge activities in-person on stated dates and venues (UKZN Unite Building, Innovate Durban Co-Lab Cato Manor)
  • If you have participated previously in Innovate Durban Youth Innovation Challenge, you do not qualify to apply.