From incubators to enterprise development programmes, there is no shortage of opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow.
The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship South Africa
The centre, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs who have started a business with the “skills, support, opportunities and inspiration” to help their businesses grow.
The programme looks for “innovative and creative people with an entrepreneurial track record, as well as outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, who are ambitious to drive their business to success”.
To qualify, you must have a registered, operational business (operating for 12 months or more) with a yearly turnover of at least R250 000. In addition, you must be a South African citizen with a valid ID and your business must be scalable and sustainable.
Shanduka Black Umbrellas
Shanduka Black Umbrellas is an enterprise-development organisation that provides a structured programme to entrepreneurs with businesses at their start-up phase, through its business incubation offices.
Expertise, office infrastructure and resources are provided over a three-year period with a view to creating independent, sustainable businesses.
Business incubator Raizcorp offers a number of sponsored business growth programmes to entrepreneurs.
Participants have access to, among others, mentorship, back-office support and a network of finance institutions (Raizcorp itself doesn’t fund businesses).
Qualifying criteria include ownership of a business that is at least 51% black-owned. See full details of the criteria and application form for each programme here.
Tholoana Enterprise Programme
The SAB Foundation’s Tholoana Enterprise Programme provides business support, mentorship and skills training to take businesses to the next level.
The two-year programme is aimed at black-owned and managed enterprises in their early and development phase; registered businesses in their growth phase and businesses “committed to creating positive change”.
To qualify, the business should be operational for between six months and five years and you should be involved in the daily operations and management thereof on a full-time basis. The business should also be registered (or in the process) and headquartered in South Africa; be sustainable and viable; and you should have the necessary skills and experience.
Total Enterprise Development Programme
Total is looking for the kind of person who “sees an opportunity and thinks: ‘I can do this’”.