DTI Opens Export Help Desk

The Department of Trade and Industry has opened an export help desk. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has established an Export Help Desk at the dti Campus in Pretoria to provide South African firms – small, medium and large enterprises – with export information and advice. The objective of the help desk is to respond to client enquiries within 24 hours.

Contact Details 

0861 843 384

The one page info sheet from the DTI can be accessed by clicking the link below.

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simodsa venture train

SiMODiSA VentureTrain – Book Your tickets.

SiMODiSA VentureTrain has created an interested networking opportunity for entrepreneurs (and sounds like a lot of fun). To book tickets, visit this site.  Read below for additional information.

The SiMODiSA VentureTrain is a unique networking and brainstorming event on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe Train to gather a targeted selection of entrepreneurs, funders and thought leaders in one space to share experiences and debate relevant challenges in the South African entrepreneurship ecosystem with the aim to advance/ improve it.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year’s GEW will take place from the 14th – 20th November 2016, and SiMODiSA together with its partners will be hosting a GEW #VENTURETRAIN which will feature a FINTECH theme.

Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe
Leaving Jozi (Park Station) Thurs 17 Nov 10:30am, Arriving Cape Town Station Fri 18 Nov 12pm.
Note: Sleeper-Cabins are Twin so most people will need to share / team up with another.

The Agenda discussions will include the following:
– FinTech in the global and local context:
– Keynote Address by of one of South Africa’s FinTech pioneers
– Opportunities and Challenges currently in the Fintech industry
– FinTech Thought Leadership panel
– Funding Fintech in South Africa
– A cocktail function will be hosted on Friday evening with SiliconCape Fintech funders, entrepreneurs and support providers (Seperate Costing)

Who should attend?
– Fintech entrepreneurs
– Local Fintech pioneers
– FinTech Funders
– FinTech Thought Leaders and Experts
– Media & Partners

Launch Lab Stellenbosch

LaunchLab Knowledge Acceleration Programme

LaunchLab is calling for applications to it’s Knowledge Acceleration Programme . The programme is a fourteen-week action-learning entrepreneurship development programme, designed to develop the practicing and aspiring entrepreneur’s business planning and management skills, and in doing so, develop the foundation for building a successful business. This programme is limited to 20 participants, and the best participant will be in line to win R15,000.00 in seed funding.


We are very delighted to share information about LaunchLab’s upcoming Knowledge Acceleration Programme (KAP) with you.

Delegates stand a chance to win R15,000.00 in seed funding for their business!

Start:             8 November 2016
Duration:       14 weeks
Time:             Evenings twice a week and mentoring as required
Venue:           Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab
Facilitators:    Accredited Mentors and Business Coaches

Last semester’s winner was FG Adriaanse, a Stellenbosch University Masters student. FG pitched his business, ADAGIN Technologies, a picking harness that assists farm workers in the table grape industry when harvesting, and won R15,000 in seed funding to kick-start his business.

Along with the KAP programme facilitator, he looked at the critical elements generic to all new businesses: purpose, uniqueness, competitive landscape, sales and marketing, financial management and seed capital. As a KAP finalist, ADAGIN Technologies also won three months free space in the Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab which will give his business an additional boost during this critical stage of his business when cash flow is key.

He sees the LaunchLab as a place where we work together and the one thing that makes all the difference.

Programme Details

The Knowledge Acceleration Programme is a fourteen-week action-learning entrepreneurship development programme, designed to develop the practicing and aspiring entrepreneur’s business planning and management skills, and in doing so, develop the foundation for building a successful business. This programme is limited to 20 participants, and the best participant will be in line to win R15,000.00 in seed funding.

The content of this programme has been provided by the Centre of Entrepreneurship of Regent University in Virginia, USA, and will be facilitated by experienced coaches and mentors who have been accredited by Mentors and Business Coaches International (MBCI).  Entrepreneurs will learn how to better plan and manage key aspects of their businesses to enable better structure and growth of their businesses and to stay competitive.

Key Learning Outcomes:
· Identifying viable business opportunities
· Designing competitive business models
· Managing cash-flow, profit & loss estimation and pricing
· Marketing strategy and planning skills

Who Should Attend:
Aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs, business managers or key staff who want to grow their businesses or a division within a business, and anyone who wants to grow their commercial management skills.

To receive more information or register to attend this course, complete the form online at http://www.launchlab.co.za/knowledge-acceleration. We will send you the full programme schedule, module details, date confirmations, pricing and payment options.


CALL FOR STARTUPS TO PITCH AT #SCTechTalks Exponential Technology

Do you have a business that has technology that could be described as “exponential technology”. Some examples of Exponential technology according to a recent announcement by Silicon Cape are:

ome examples of Exponential Technology:

  • Explosion in Connectivity: over six billion Internet users by 2020; a trillion connected devices in the Internet of Things, such as sensors, wearables, and trackers;

  • Cognitive and Quantum Computing, including Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning;

  • Voice Recognition to provide automated, real-time translation (SayHi, Google Translate, Skype Translate);

  • Robotics and self-driving or semi-autonomous cars (Google, Tesla, Volvo);

  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), combined with huge advances in Materials Science;

  • Digitisation of bird’s-eye view with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — UAV’s (Google digitised street-level and satellite-level for Google maps, leaving the mid-level for UAV enthusiasts);

  • Virtual Reality which artificially creates sensory experiences including sight, sound and touch. Smell and taste is on the horizon;

  • Synthetic Biology — the engineering of biology: the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems, which display functions that do not exist in nature.

Silicon Cape is to looking for Start-ups to present their businesses at our prestigious event. Each representative will be allocated a 5 minute slot between18h30 and 19h00 on the evening of October the 26th at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

Tena City

TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme – Call for applications

This is an interesting programme, that tackles a neglected problem – human resource development in small business. The TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme explains its role as follows:
TenaCiTi Career Acceleration Programme

We are aware that small businesses seldom have the resources, time or capacity to train new recruits in essential workplace skills, yet you need those recruits to have the confidence, professionalism, and the necessary communication and problem-solving skills to contribute meaningfully to your business.Powered by The Kingdom of Netherlands and #cocreateSA, The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi)’s exclusive TenaCiTi Programme aims to accelerate the career development of junior recruits and provide business with the Human Resources or talent support to safeguard a thriving future. You will benefit from specialised HR support and your junior staff will participate in personal/professional skills workshops, online learning initiatives, one-to-one coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and social engagements.

For more information, click here.