The UCT GSB Solution Space runs the Future of...Bootcamp series for corporates. The aim is to help corporates verify venture opportunities using creativity and state-of-the-art research together with UCT students and local communities to come up with sustainable income streams either as independent firms or as new products and services.
A Bootcamp is a place to find a team, create a prototype, validate a big idea, and receive feedback from experienced mentors. The event gives you an opportunity to learn how to create products and services that customers actually want.
Whoever you are, if you’re motivated, open to new ideas and collaboration, you’ll fit right in. The event brings together all types of people including entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, creatives, business people, and more. The weekend requires radical collaboration, exploring multiple alternatives, and trying out new things. Participants sign-up to work with people with different skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and points of view. We have a 100% opt-in culture for 54-hours of intense hard work.
On Friday night, you’ll pitch your own idea and/or listen to others. Everyone then votes on the most interesting ideas and form teams. It’s not required that you pitch an idea but it’s highly recommended. Half the fun of the event is getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that makes you a little bit nervous.
On Saturday, you’ll work with top mentors and coaches to refine your idea and get customer feedback. Don’t freak out when all your ideas go out the window and you’re forced to pivot. That’s what a real startup solution is like.
On Sunday, you’ll learn how to create a great pitch. It all comes together when you and your team present your work to a panel of judges.