Companies in the transport sector are often faced with the challenge of attracting young talent. This is an issue not only at company level, but for the whole industry. The transport sector must therefore find appealing and creative ways to stand out and position itself as an attractive and innovative industry, tackling chronic unemployment and building skills development.

What is the concept?

To address this collective need, African Ports and Rail Evolution is organising an initiative for university students to present a concept that tackles a major challenge in the transport sector. Over two days, students will work through a challenge written by Startup Hatchery and during a prize giving, taking place after the final conference session, the winning group will be announced.

Why participate?

  • Gain exposure with top industry professionals
  • Receive a complimentary pass to African Ports and Rail Evolution, worth over R7000
  • Have the opportunity to be interviewed by a leading media partner
  • Collect a hamper from Gautrain for participating
  • Winning students will receive a business mentorship from The Startup Hatchery

Become a partner!

As a partner company to the student challenge, you will benefit from:

  • Reputation-building: position your company as innovative and forward-looking by becoming an active part of this fun and engaging challenge
  • Talent pool development: the engineers and business managers of tomorrow will recognise your brand as a key potential employer and you will be able to select individual candidates
  • New ideas: get creative solutions and different perspectives on your business challenges
  • Qualitative engagement: interact with some of the best students in Africa

For more information on becoming a partner or sponsor of the Student Challenge, contact Kelly Easton on

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