Get in the Ring South Africa National Final, hosted by the Real Success Network, was held on 18th November 2015. Building on the momentum of the Local Final, a demo session for the House of Future and Mark Rutte (the Prime Minister of the Netherlands), more than 300 visitors came to Johannesburg to see the most promising startups pitch for a chance to be called the National winner of South Africa.
Out of the 230 startups applications, 60 startups were selected for the pre-selection round which included workshops and pitching sessions during the day. The judges had the tough job to select the final 6 teams who would pitch in the Ring.
The 3 winners of South Africa are: Adfire Creative Media, Stokvella and New Tech Rail. These 3 startups will represent South Africa in the Regional Final of Southern and Central Africa, which also will be held in Johannesburg. The lightweight winner Adfire Creative Media created an app where anyone can create their own 3D illusions on completely flat art. Stokvella is the middleweight winner and has an online toolkit that promotes a saving type lifestyle for stokvels, sharing information on saving techniques and tools to help them prosper financially in the future. The final winner of South Africa is NewTech Rail and developed a comprehensive technology for railway overhead infrastructure. NewTech Rail will represent South Africa in the heavyweight category in the Regional Final of Central and Southern Africa on 21st of January 2016.Tags: Johannesburg, National Final, Regional Final Central and Southern Europe, South Africa