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Calling ICT Youth Entrepreneurs

This is an important initiative that seeks to grow black companies and link them with a large company, in this case MTN. The organisers describe the opportunity as follows:

We are embarking on a transformation journey and are looking for eligible service providers with high quality and cost-effective services. Through our partnership with the Sarah Baartman District Municipality and New Generation Mindset (NGM), this Local Economic Development initiative will enrich the economy of townships and in turn increase Skills development, Job creation, Localization, Industrialization and Export opportunities.

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Net Prophet Accelerator Programme – Closes 18 March 2016

The Net Prophet Sparkup accelerator programme is accepting applications for its 2016 event. It will run from 1-4 April with over R1-million in Angel funding up for grabs. Opportunity closes on the 18 March 

Sparkup! is a small business gauntlet for passionate founders looking to get investment and take a product to market. Three intense days of business grooming, culminating in a live audience investor pitch.

The best teams stand a chance to pitch their business to a panel of investors in the first, live dragons-den style event in SA. It’s an opportunity to secure on the spot investment of up to R3 Million!

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Buy Local Summit and Expo 2016

Proudly South Africa is hosting the Buy Local Summit. The organisers of the conference tell us about the importance of buying local and why the Summit and Expo is important.

The Buy Local message is an enduring call to action for the public and private sectors, businesses, government entities and consumers. The call is to buy local products and services so that local businesses can grow, thereby encouraging economic growth and job creation. Proudly South African’s mandate also includes promoting national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. These efforts include promoting and showcasing local products and services.

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Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP)

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

An invitation to innovative start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on commercialisation of local cutting-edge and innovative clean technology solutions related toenergy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency.

The GEF (Global Environment Facility), UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and TIA (the Technology Innovation Agency) in South Africa are implementing the GCIP (Global Cleantech Innovation Programme) for SMEs to promote clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs and start-ups working on solutions related to energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency. The programme combines a competition and a business accelerator to offer participants progressing through the programme extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase their innovations to the media and the public.  Participants stand a chance to win a cash award and national business support awards, in addition to a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, to participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum.

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AlphaCode – FinTech Entrepreneurs Solve Our Problems

Editors Note: AlphaCode is for financial services entrepreneurs. At ZApreneur, we believe the financial services industry in South Africa needs to become much more innovative. We support financial services that target enttrepreneurs, and that are not based on interest. Go forth, and transform this industry.

AlphaCode – RMI launches groundbreaking African fintech hub

The concept is modelled on the leading fintech development hub, Level 39 in London’s Canary Wharf, which has become a successful catalyst for emerging fintech players. Thanks to the weight of major industry players, AlphaCode has already signed up over 50 diverse, rapidly-growing financial services entrepreneurs.

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Knife Capital Looking for 10 Companies for Grindstone Accelerator Programme

10 Companies will be selected to participate in the year-long Grindstone acceleration programme for 2015/16 but additional spaces can be made available on request.

Selection criteria for the programme are:

  • Existing South African SMEs
  • Post-revenue with positive customer testimonials and traction
  • Innovation-driven
  • High growth potential in search of achieving scalability
  • Profile and passion of the management team
  • Vision for the future
  • Market attractiveness
  • SA Job creation ability and ‘success story’ potential

A 2-Day networking and growth workshop will be held every quarter where all the Grindstone companies will participate in strategic review of key business functions. Partnerships with leading independent subject experts will ensure that the programme delivers thought-provoking business insights. Key gaps will then be closed to mitigate risks and facilitate growth in one-on-one sessions with each company. Baseline growth indicators will be developed at the beginning of the programme and progress across these metrics will be constantly measured. Company specific interactions are developed and implemented to achieve measurable growth and put the companies onto a sustainable growth platform for their individual strategic growth paths. Companies will graduate with a Closing Data Room that includes all documentation that was developed throughout the programme. Grindstone will continue to provide access to networks and ad-hoc advisory services to all programme graduates to enhance market access.

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