ABSA is committed to addressing the unemployment and poverty challenges faced by many South Africans. With over 12 million South Africans reliant on small and medium-sized businesses for their livelihoods, more focus needs to be placed on the growth and development of these businesses.
Cape Town is a business-friendly destination that prioritises an enabling environment for
entrepreneurship and business growth. While different services exist within the City of Cape Town, there are also support organisations that provide services to people who are either doing business or wanting to start a business in the city.
The City’s Small Business Support office, established to promote entrepreneurship and business-driven job placements, helps business people find the most appropriate support organisation and/or programme from a network of over 90 business development organisations (including financiers) in Cape Town. The value of this service is that it prevents entrepreneurs from wasting energy, money and time approaching the wrong support organisations and service providers or paying for services that are sometimes freely available or partly subsidised.
Igalelo Empowers South Africa’s future Talent through inclusive and social entrepreneurship. The focus is economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities to participate in a vibrant, inclusive and diverse economy. Igalelo leverages social businesses and inclusive entrepreneurship as powerful tools to address major inequalities and promote social inclusion.
INNOVATE South Africa provides a platform to ignite creative thinking, to nurture invention and encourage entrepreneurship among young people. Innovate South Africa is inspiring and empowering a cohort of young problem solvers that address challenges they truly understand.
LaunchLab sees a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Africa where the members learn, share and grow to achieve excellence through focus. The ecosystem grows by giving back to those inside and outside the ecosystem and in so doing, attracts new members.
LifeCo UnLtd SA invests in individuals for enhanced enterprise and life performance by developing a humanised purpose-centred individual who is a critical thinker and practitioner. Dialogue, debate, practice and capital are LifeCo’s process accelerators.
Mashauri is a platform that allows universities to offer on-line (and blended), highly practical programmes to students either within a faculty or cross-faculty. Mashauri helps universities deliver meaningful and practical entrepreneurial programmes to all students – from all disciplines.
PURCO SA is the purchasing consortium of the Higher Education sector in Southern Africa. Members include all South African and Namibian public universities and their allied institutions, as well as private higher education institutions and TVET Colleges. Purco focusses on providing maximum benefit for members through collaborative purchasing and professional support.
The UWC Centre for Entrepreneurship is an active capacity building partner for Purco and has conducted a few supplier develop programmes for SMME suppliers registered with Purco.
Silicon Cape is a nonprofit company committed to building and catalysing the technology ecosystem in the Western Cape, made up of tech entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, angel investors, and VC’s who are passionate about entrepreneurship and the future of South Africa. Its primary focus is supporting the development of high growth, high tech businesses in the Western Cape to kick-start meaningful economic growth, build new industries and create jobs.
StartUp90 prepares high-growth businesses to accelerate and scale their businesses.
Assist entrepreneurs to bring their idea to market. Enable startups to become investment ready. Promote deal flow and assist startups raise funding from investors.
The Startup Hatchery is virtual incubator for entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers. They provide a hands-on virtual learning experience through online entrepreneurship training, mentorship and business support accessible anywhere, anytime.
Startup Safari is a travel immersion program that connects entrepreneurs and startups to the fastest growing startup eco-systems globally. The core purpose is to build a global startup eco-system by connecting emerging market entrepreneurs to cross border expansion opportunities and a network of international mentors and investors.
Western Cape Government: The Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s vision is a Western Cape that has a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable economy characterised by growth, employment and equitable opportunities, and built on the full potential of all.