Matt Pretorius is inventor, entrepreneur and enterprise engineer. He completed his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University in 2012. He then pursued a Masters in Industrial Engineering also Stellenbosch University which was subsequently upgraded to a Doctorate degree in 2015. During his postgraduate studies, he was awarded a SAVUSA scholarship to attend a 3-month studies at Wageningen University (Netherlands), as well as a 10-month data collection at Uppsala University (Sweden) by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. He has represented his research at numerous international conference and has received various academic merit awards, including the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society. Parallel to his academic studies, he co-founded Pitchin South Africa that was exited to Stellenbosch University business incubator, the LaunchLab. Furthermore, he helped develop the technology for the startup, Stroketech that has received numerous international awards for its sport innovation including the Swiss -South Africa Venture Leaders and Leaders in Innovation Fellowship. He recently invented a novel eco-toilet (provisional patent filed) and launched a social enterprise called Common Toilet which also has received numerous international awards including the Mazars For Good Innovation Challenge and the Ericsson Innovation Awards. Matt is passionate about technology and more importantly how it can be used to better our society. He is also a keen water sports fanatic such as surfing, sailing, underwater hockey and freediving, as well as being a trained Scuba PADI Divemaster.
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