Pop-Up Bellville

Pop-Up Bellville – Sparking Student Entrepreneurship

The challenge created an opportunity for students to design a popup space that connects the Bellville community whilst being a viable business venture.

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership initiated the Pop-Up Bellville Innovation Challenge to re-activate public spaces for recreation and meaningful connection between people in the Bellville Central Business District . Innovate South Africa in partnership with the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Western Cape was tasked to run the project.

Programme Goals:

  1. MAKE A LASTING IMPACT IN BELLVILLE COMMUNITY
  2. CREATE A POP-UP SPACE FOR MEANINGFUL CONNECTION AND RECREATION IN BELLVILLE
  3. EDUCATE STUDENTS TO LEARN BY DOING

Learning Outcomes:

  1. CREATIVITY AND CONNECTED THINKING
  2. EMPATHY AND SOCIAL AWARENESS
  3. START-UP EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Students attended a series of design thinking workshops to create prototypes of their products. At the final showcase event, the winning team received funding of R10 000 to build and implement their Pop-Up space in the Bellville CBD and University Campus.

Winner

Culture Couch: The Culture Couch is a pop up space that was created to promote cultural tolerance by using a game show approach to encourage people to experience and learn about different cultures

Runner-up

Once Upon a Time: People crave authenticity. Once upon a time is a board game played by two people in a pop-up space that helps them tell their personal life stories to a complete stranger. It facilitates connection and genuineness.