ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM IN SOUTH AFRICA

An entrepreneurship ecosystem is defined as the social and economic environment affecting local or regional entrepreneurship. Businesses located within places serving as incubators for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship have a greater chance of success. Here is a comprehensive list of support initiatives and programmes for small business in South Africa.

DIRECT FINANCE PROVIDERS:

SECTION 1: GOVERNMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE

  1. Black Business Supplier Development Programme (DTI)
  2. Co-operative Incentive Scheme (DTI)
  3. Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)
  4. Green Energy efficiency Fund (IDC)
  5. Incubation Support programme (DTI)
  6. Isivande Womens Fund (DTI)
  7. Rural and Community Development Fund (NEF)
  8. Small Enterprise Finance Agency (IDC)
  9. Social Enterprises Fund (SEF)
  10. Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (DTI)
  11. Technology Innovation Agency (DST)
  12. The Jobs Fund Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme (IDC)
  13. Women Entrepreneurial Fund (IDC)
  14. Gro-E Scheme (IDC)
  15. Imbewu Fund (NEF)
  16. SA Young Entrepreneurship Fund
  17. National Youth Development Agency
  18. German Development Bank (The KFW)
  19. KZN Growth Fund
  20. Land Bank of South Africa

SECTION 2: VENTURE CAPITAL AND ANGEL INVESTORS

  1. 4Di Capital
  2. 88mph
  3. Convergence Partners
  4. CorCulture
  5. EchoVC
  6. eVentures
  7. Africa Fund
  8. Intel Capital
  9. KnifeCapital
  10. LGT Venture
  11. Philanthropy
  12. Redwood Capital
  13. Savannah Fund
  14. South Africa Media Capital (SAMCAP)
  15. Triumph Venture Capital
  16. U-Start
  17. Village Capital
  18. AngelHub Ventures

SECTION 3: PRIVATE EQUITY

  1. Acorn Private Equity
  2. Agri-Vie
  3. Actis
  4. Adlevo Capital
  5. Caban Investments
  6. Business Partners
  7. Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa
  8. Identity Development Fund Managers
  9. Invenfin
  10. Kgatelopele Private Equity
  11. Mergence
  12. Metier
  13. Nesa Capital
  14. Spinnaker Growth Partners
  15. TriVest

SECTION 4: FUND MANAGERS

  1. Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
  2. ASISA ED Fund (Edge Growth)
  3. Atlantic Asset Managers
  4. Cadiz Asset Managers
  5. CapitalWorks
  6. Edge Action Fund (Edge Growth)
  7. Edge Capital
  8. Future Growth
  9. GODISA Supplier Development Fund
  10. Grofin
  11. LifeCo UnLtd SA
  12. Merchant Capital
  13. Ndiza Finance
  14. Vumela ED Fund (Edge Growth)
  15. WDBIH ED Fund
  16. Zimele
  17. Khula Enablis Funds

SECTION 5: CROWD FUNDERS

  1. Crowdinvest
  2. FundFind
  3. IndieGoGo
  4. Startme
  5. ThundaFund

SECTION 6: COMMERCIAL BANKS

  1. FNB
  2. ABSA
  3. STANDARD BANK

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS:

SECTION 1: GOVERNMENT

  1. Cape Craft and Design Institute
  2. DTI Incubator Support Programme
  3. Eastern Cape Information Technology Initiative
  4. eGoliBio
  5. Ekurhuleni Business Facilitation Network
  6. Free State enterPRIZE Job Creation Challenge
  7. Furntech
  8. Gauteng Enterprise Propeller
  9. Mapfura Makhura Incubator
  10. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training
  11. National Youth Development Agency
  12. Red Door
  13. Startup Nations South Africa
  14. The Innovation Hub
  15. UKTI Global Entrepreneur Programme
  16. Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism
  17. Chemin
  18. Tourism Enterprise Partnership
  19. Telkom Futuremakers
  20. Transnet Enterprise Development Hub
  21. DBSA YES Partnership
  22. Youth Employment Service

SECTION 2: CORPORATE ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

  1. ABI Supplier Development programme
  2. Accenture Enablis Business Launchpad
  3. Allan Gray Entrepreneurial and Personal Development Programme
  4. Barloworld Siyakhula
  5. Coca Cola 5by20
  6. Eskom Enterprise Development
  7. GODISA Supplier Development Fund
  8. ISLabs
  9. Massmart Supplier Development Programme
  10. Microsoft BizSpark
  11. Engen Pitch & Polish
  12. PPC Ntsika Fund
  13. Property Point
  14. SABKickstart
  15. Sappi Project Grow
  16. Sasol Chem City and Siyakha Fund
  17. Tiger Brands
  18. Volkswagen Business Support Centre/Ntinga
  19. Anglo American Zimele
  20. Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development
  21. Afrisam Enterprise Supplier Development
  22. Imperial Sinawe programme
  23. Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme
  24. Heineken Green Seeds Programme
  25. Multichoice Enterprise Development Trust
  26. Investec Nextwork Global Exposure programme
  27. Tongaat Hulett FarmCo
  28. Vodacom Innovator Trust

SECTION 3: NON-PROFIT

  1. RLabs Innovation Incubator
  2. Sable (South African Business Link to Experts)
  3. Start up Weekend
  4. Technoserve
  5. The Clothing Bank
  6. Timbali Technology Incubator
  7. Townships Project
  8. TSiBA
  9. University of Pretoria StartUP Project
  10. Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
  11. Cape IT Initiative
  12. Enablis
  13. Endeavor South Africa
  14. GIZ Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Development Programme
  15. Hope Factory
  16. JoziHub
  17. LifeCo UnLtd SA
  18. NWU Enterprising Women Programme
  19. Business Place
  20. Spark* South Africa

SECTION 4: FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

  1. 88mph
  2. Aurik Business Accelerator
  3. Awethu Project
  4. Bandwidth Barn
  5. Business Partners
  6. Enterprise Room
  7. Edge Growth
  8. Entrepreneurs’ Organization
  9. Fetola
  10. Founder Institute
  11. GIBS Enterprise Development Academy
  12. Global Development Incubator
  13. Grindstone
  14. Impact Amplifier
  15. Invotech (Information Technology Business Incubator)
  16. mLab Southern Africa
  17. Raizcorp
  18. Solution Space
  19. Seed Initiative
  20. Seed Institute – School for Entrepreneurship
  21. Shanduka Black Umbrellas
  22. Silicon Cape Initiative
  23. Small Enterprise Development Agency
  24. Softstart BTi
  25. Start Up Bootcamp
  26. Founders Factory Africa
  27. Start-up Cherry
  28. The Hook Up Dinner (THUD)
  29. Tshimologong Precinct
  30. Village Capital
  31. Youth, Innovation and Entrepreneurial
  32. Development Institute (Yiedi)
  33. Socio Economic Development Organisation
  34. Seed Engine
  35. Riversands Incubation Hub
  36. 22 on Sloane

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