NEW INCUBATION PROGRAMME FOR DIGITAL STARTUPS

JP Morgan, in collaboration with Tshimologong Precinct, has launched Africa Rising 4.0, an incubation programme aimed at powering digital entrepreneurship and early stage startup growth in Johannesburg.  Africa Rising is an intensive 12-week incubation programme designed to coaching the disciplines of entrepreneurship and how to build innovative digital businesses.

The platform will coach startups and also introduce them to local and global technology entrepreneurs as mentors. The outcomes of this will assist in developing basic and functional technology programmes and skills that deliver tangible value to early adopters.

Africa Rising 4.0 will benefit from Tshimologong Precinct’s large network of Tech professionals and resources.

Fifteen startups will be selected for the incubator programme and will receive advice from established entrepreneurs. The curriculum will be custom-designed to suit the various business entities participating in the programme. Masterclasses will be themed on topical and relevant issues facing tech startups such as blockchain, digital marketing and women in technology. In addition, there will be hands-on support from tech experts.

Those interested in participating need a valid proof of concept (POC) with a mock-up or video presentation. The POC also needs to provide evidence that it can create value for customers and is a product or service that is in demand. One way to show this is through having an existing digital marketing footprint and online presence. Applicants need to be younger than 35 with a BBBEE profile and come from a low-income household.

Applications for Africa Rising 4.0 opened on 9 April 2018. For more information: http://startup.tshimologong.joburg/

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