Zapreneur – Cool South African Products

Zapreneur wants to provide a showcase of South African products.

The reason for doing this are:

  1. Smaller companies need a way to get messages out to customers about their products; and
  2. Consumers looking to buy high quality South African products do not have an easy place to find it.

Zapreneur provides the platform to find South African products.

We will provide to small businesses:

  1. Daily deals – Traditional daily deals websites receive a slice of each sale. On Zapreneur, businesses only pay a fixed fee to run deals. We will publish and promote the deal, but businesses remain responsible for processing payments.
  2. A space to showcase their products – This is not just a business listing, but you will have a space to showcase your products, and link to your website.
  3. Affordable marketing platform that supports small businesses.

If you are a South African business selling products or services and are  interested in taking up this offer, please fill out the form below and we will be contact in the next few days.



Weekly Entrepreneur Opportunity Update No.19

We are back and hopefully updating ZApreneur at least once a week.

Tshimologong Entrepreneur Weekend Bootcamp

Apply for the start-up weekend happening on the 19th and the 20th of August. Please note that the weekend is FREE to Tshimologong Members & Wits students. The weekend will get everyone “incubator-ready” and give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going. It will give you the technical foundations needed to make the next giant leap.  Free for Tshimolong members (like ZApreneur 🙂 and R 500-00 for non-Tshimologong members. To apply, fill out this form.



Future Female Platform

Future Females, a platform where women entrepreneurs can network and get support, aims to grow its user base to 20 000 female entrepreneurs in its first year. The platform is a Facebook group, which is such an awesome simple way to do this. (Via Memeburn)


Demo Africa

The application window to launch at DEMO Africa has been extended to end of August 2017, giving startups more time to refine their applications and those who were time barred can now look forward to finalizing their applications. This is awesome opportunity. Go get your demo going. Click here.


More than Flatpack Furniture – Opportunity with Ikea.


Ikea, in collaboration with Rainmaking, is inviting startups from across the world to apply for the bootcamp, which is focused on affordability, accessibility and sustainability and will see 10 selected startups spend three months in Sweden at the heart of the Ikea Range and Supply Democratic Design centre.  The winners get to Work from Ikea new co-working space in Älmhult together with the IKEA Range & Supply global innovation team and get free housing and a 20,000 EUR grant to help you develop your product and startup. Unpack your vision.

Smart Cities Innovation Challenge

Stellenbosch-based incubator Launchlab and JSE-listed investment company Attacq have teamed up again to launch the Smart Cities Innovation Challenge, with the pitching platform opening on 31 August. LaunchLab will host a workshop on 17 August in Stellenbosch to detail current focus areas for the challenge in location technologies, transportation, security, black screen technology and technology. Click here


national pavillion list

National Pavilion 2017/18

The National Pavilion run by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides businesses with an opportunity to exhibit at some of the largest trade shows in the world. If you are exporting and looking to grow your business, this might be an excellent opportunity. The DTI explains the National Pavillion as follows:

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will be participating in various exhibitions, trade shows and National Pavilions to promote locally manufactured products in international markets. The department invites manufacturers and registered exporters to participate in the international trade shows listed in the links below. If your company is competitive in the South African market, has been in business for at least two years and is export ready, it stands to benefit from the dti‘s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme.

The list for 2017/18 is shown below:

Begin DateEnd DateExhibition DetailsHost CountrySector
2017-05-152017-05-19Exponor Chile 2017Antofagasta, ChileMining & Capital Equipment
2017-05-172017-05-19Sial China 2017Shanghai, ChinaAgro-Processing (Wine and
2017-05-222017-05-25Iran Agro 2017Tehran, IranAgro-Processing
2017-06-282017-07-08Dar Es Salaam International Trade Fair 2017Dar Es Salaam, TanzaniaMulti-Sectoral
2017-06-292017-06-30Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo & Conference 2017Kitwe, ZambiaCapital Equipment (Mining and agricultural equipment)
2017-07-212017-07-26Feira International de Angola (FILDA) 2017Luanda, AngolaMulti-Sectoral
2017-08-272017-09-03Feira Internacional de Maputo (FACIM) 2017Mozambique, MaputoMulti-Sectoral
2017-09-062017-09-08Fruit Logistica Asia 2017Hong Kong, ChinaAgro-Processing (Fresh fruits and vegetables)
2017-09-112017-09-14World Food Moscow 2017Mockba, RussiaAgro-Processing
2017-09-182017-09-22Perumin 2017Arequipa, PeruMining and Capital Equipment
2017-10-072017-10-11Anuga 2017Cologne, GermanyAgro-Processing
2017-10-302017-11-03Havana International Fair (FIHAV) 2017Havana, CubaMulti-Sectoral
2017-11-172017-11-20Midest 2017Paris, FranceMulti-Sectoral
2017-11-262017-11-27West African Power Industry convention (WAPIC) 2017Lagos, NigeriaElectrotechnical
2018-02-072018-02-09Fruit Logistica Berlin 2018Berlin, GermanyAgro-Processing (Fresh fruits and vegetables)
2018-02-262018-03-02Gulfood 2018Dubai, UAEAgro-Processing
2018-03-072018-03-10Foodex Japan 2018Toyko, JapanAgro-Processing

To download the brochure,  and receive further details, click the button below.

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Should the download not work for whatever reason, click here to download directly from the DTI.


Street Business School

Street Business School

Street Business School looks incredibly interesting take on venture capital in South Africa. They are looking for 10 individuals to particapate in a three-year programme that provides practical opportunities. Here is what they have to say on their website:

Street Business School is a three-year programme that provides practical opportunities for aspiring, high-potential entrepreneurs to build start-ups and gain real-world commercial business experience.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for 10 people who have a desire to create their own personal wealth through hard work and persistence.

We are not looking for established entrepreneurs, but rather for individuals who have the potential to develop and grow commercial businesses.

We live in the land of opportunity and we are looking for individuals who see commercial value where others don’t. Most importantly, we are looking for job creators and not job seekers.

The conditions for a possible investment are also made clear. These are summarised in the graphic below.

street venture criteria

To apply, visit the Street Business School Website. Click Here 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) opens Jan 1

On January 1, 2017, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) will begin accepting applications for the third round of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. The Programme is the Foundation’s 10-year, US$100 million commitment to training, mentoring and funding 10,000 African entrepreneurs.

The application portal will be open until midnight (WAT), March 1, 2017. Entrepreneurs must complete the online application and selection is on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged.

Check back on the 1 January 2017 when the portal will open, and read the website to get a headstart. Click here. 

SAICA Enterprisation

SAICA offering discounted back office services

SAICA and J.P. Morgan sets out to help 100 SMEs reach new heights. Through the Enterprisation J.P. Morgan flagship project, 100 Gauteng SMEs will be selected to receive partially subsidised back office accounting support and financial training for a period of 18 months. The aim is to help them become sustainable businesses, and also to drive economic growth.

he key objective of the J.P. Morgan Enterprisation flagship project is to help SMEs reach the level of sustainability that allows them to drive economic growth and create employment. For this reason, SMEs accepted into this project will be measured against four key goals: compliance, revenue growth, profitability and employability.

To apply to be a part of the project, SMEs must:

  • be owned by a SA citizen
  • be successfully operating for a minimum of three years
  • have an annual turnover of between R500 000 and R10 million
  • be at least 51% black owned
  • operate only in South Africa
  • have valid tax clearance
  • have a valid BEE certificate/affidavit
  • be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and have valid CIPC documentation
  • have an active business bank account
  • employ a minimum of two people (excluding directors and owners)
  • not have an accountant at present
  • not currently be a client of SAICA’s enterprise development entities
  • be willing to attend SAICA-hosted training and workshops.

SMEs that operate in the top-performing industries in South Africa – namely ICT, tourism, infrastructure, agriculture, transport & logistics, manufacturing, media and entertainment, and education – will be given preference for entry onto the project’s shortlist.

How to apply?

Business owners who would like their SMEs to be considered for the J.P. Morgan Enterprisation flagship project should note that the application consists of two steps: an initial online application and, should your SME be shortlisted, a 15-minute pitch presentation to a panel of judges who will select the 100 SMEs that will take part in the project.

To submit your application, visit, click on the Enterprisation J.P. Morgan project banner, and fill in the online application form.

Please note that online applications close at midnight on 15 January 2017. SMEs shortlisted for the project will be contacted by 18 January 2017 to set up a presentation to the panel during February.

Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, IDC Auditorium, Johannesburg

11 November 2016

Photo of: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu,
Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura,
President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Mr Jonathan Ortmans,
Leaders of business, labour and community,
Development partners,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to address you this afternoon on the occasion of the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This event is informed by an understanding that sustainable development is people-driven.
It is informed by an understanding that countries that do not invest in entrepreneurial development hinder their own growth potential and limit the prosperity of their people. It is informed by an understanding that it is Africa’s innovative and resilient entrepreneurs that will solve the continent’s socio economic challenges and determine its destiny.
From this, the City of Gold to Dar Es Salaam, from Musina to Marrakesh, from Lephalale to Lagos, our continent salutes the women and men, the young and the elderly, who are reasserting Africa’s status as a centre for entrepreneurship.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week and beyond, we must recognise and celebrate you because you are the engines of economic growth and agents for development.
You are Africa’s merchants of hope.
We look up to you to collaborate beyond borders to pursue opportunities that will create employment for our people.
We are grateful to Africa’s global partners who are enthusiastic and committed to cultivating and supporting Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
We applaud the members and leadership of the Global Entrepreneurship Network for travelling far to be with us today and for joining us on our journey towards an entrepreneurial generation.
We are also pleased, humbled and honoured that you have chosen South Africa to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2017.
The events planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week allow us not only to share encouraging stories – and cautionary tales – from small business owners.
It is also a marketplace for new ideas.
It is a place to see opportunities, and to act on them.
It is a unique business fair bringing together policy makers, experts, investors and entrepreneurs.
This week is about the realisation of human potential.
It is as much about the individual entrepreneur as it is about the society that produces them.
It is also about the society that they – through their endeavours – will ultimately produce.
The participants in these events are motivated by a desire to succeed.
They are equally driven by a passion to defeat the scourge of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We all know that small businesses contribute considerably to job creation and economic growth in several developing economies.
Our National Development Plan enjoins all social partners in our country to work together to create fertile conditions to grow small enterprises.
The Department of Small Business Development, working with other stakeholders in our developmental state, is championing SMME development.
It is active on the frontline, promoting localisation, preferential procurement, mentoring and incubation of entrepreneurs.
It is an advocate for better financing, training and support of entrepreneurs.
It is the sworn enemy of the regulatory obstacles and bureaucratic ineffeciency that stand in the way of promising new enterprises.
It is leading the government-wide effort to create an environment that fully supports small businesses.
The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report on South Africa highlights several of the challenges we face.
The report attributes South Africa’s weak job-creating capacity in part to our failure to adequately support enterprise development.
It highlights our country’s stubbornly low levels of entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurial intentions when compared to many other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The report notes that entrepreneurs in South Africa are almost four times more likely to anticipate making no contribution to job creation besides self-employment for the entrepreneurs themselves.
Black Africans still make up the majority of South Africa’s early-stage entrepreneurs.
But their participation has sharply declined.
The GEM Report notes that:
“In 2013 and 2014, approximately 85% of South Africa’s early-stage entrepreneurs were Black Africans. In 2015 this figure has declined by a fifth, to 68%.”
Constraints to entrepreneurship in South Africa are said to derive from inept government bureaucracy, inadequate entrepreneurship education and training at schools and social norms.
The GEM Report also says that South Africa’s national culture seems to discourage entrepreneurial risk-taking.
This observation masks a deeper reality: under apartheid, over many decades, the entrepreneurial instincts of South Africa’s majority were deliberately and cynically suppressed.
Unless we acknowledge and confront this reality, we will continue to undermine the effort to foster an entrepreneurial culture.
Blacks were stripped of land and assets, denied rights to establish businesses and deprived of opportunities to develop skills.
Like wealth and privilege, entrepreneurial capacity is often passed down through the family from generation to generation.
I was myself once a business person, and I couldn’t help noticing how many of my white counterparts had been exposed from an early age to the language and logic of business.
Many of them came from families where dinner table conversation often turned to sales, profit and financing, about new enterprises and failed ventures.
Not only did these people have the advantage of a better education, access to resources and ready-made networks; they also left home with many of the ingredients of an entrepreneurial mindset.
That is the deficiency we have only just begun to address.
We have significantly improved access to both school and higher education.
We have instituted employment equity and black empowerment programmes that have created a significant middle class that is starting to accumulate assets and savings.
We have reduced asset poverty through the provision of subsidised housing and the redistribution of land.
But there is a great deal we still need to do, specifically within the foundational phase of schooling.
Just as we confront the legacy of our past, we need to address one of the economic challenges of the present.
The structure of our economy has established high barriers to entry.
The Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Mr David Lipton, recently spoke about a huge part of South Africa’s labour force that ‘is left on the outside looking in’.
He said:
“The formal economy is not absorbing them, nor are they able to strike out on their own.
“There is a crucial structural issue at play here: those included and successful in the advanced economy – large businesses, banks and unionised workers – maintain entry barriers against their potential competitors – small and medium-sized enterprises and the unemployed.
“In situations like this, the government should represent the interests of the excluded. However, some policies, regulations or actions only raise higher barriers.’
Indeed, a number of sectors of our economy are dominated by a few big players, costs of entry are high, and anti-competitive behaviour is widespread.
As government, we have recognised that we may unwittingly reinforce this market dominance through bureaucratic inefficiency and costly regulatory requirements.
However, we have made important progress in strengthening the competition authorities, using government’s purchasing power to promote emerging businesses, and refining the BEE codes of good practice to emphasise enterprise development.
While there is much in the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem from which we can draw inspiration – and from which we derive great hope – I have intentionally dwelled slightly more on the key constraints and obstacles.
I have done so to challenge all of us to work together to change the status quo and to allow small business to flourish.
I have done so to appeal to big business to partner with small business to grow an inclusive economy and give our youth work experience.
Leaders of established business must mentor more and invest more in young talent.
We must work together to urgently introduce those reforms that will foster a more enabling environment for SMME development.
We must find innovative ways to work and provide the necessary support to young women in particular to get involved in sustainable opportunity-driven enterprises.
Together, we must make sure, that by 2030, we have created a South Africa where, in the word of the National Development Plan:
We are traders.
We are inventors.
We are workers.
We create companies.
We set up stalls.
We are studious.
We are gardeners.
We feel a call to serve.
We make things.
Out of our homes we create objects of value.
We invest and reap good returns for our efforts.
We travel to trade beyond our borders,
carrying our values with us.
We respect ability, competence and talent.
Now our economy is growing.
Our prosperity is increasing.
We are energised by our resourcefulness.
I wish you all a successful Global Entrepreneurship Week.
From here, we must agree that entrepreneurship will occupy the centre of our national discourse.
To defeat poverty, unemployment and inequality, entrepreneurship must be part of the daily conversations in our homes, around the dinner table, in community halls and classrooms, and on radio stations.
This is a country and a continent alive with possibility.
We are looking to the entrepreneurs of Africa to unleash the potential of our people and realise that potential.
I thank you.
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Global Entrepreneurship Week South Africa

Global Entrepreneurship Week


This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. There are a number of events running this week, and all the details can be found by clicking here.

Below is a listing of events that are planned, visit the official GEW South Africa website for more details on bookings.

TitleCityProvince Event DateEvent Type
Get Funding ReadySouth AfricaNovember 29, 2016Workshop
Get Funding ReadyjohannesburgSouth AfricaNovember 29, 2016Workshop
Get Funding Ready!JohannesburgSouth AfricaNovember 29, 2016Workshop
positioning your SMME to compete GloballySouth AfricaNovember 28, 2016Seminar
The BlackOut Year End: Long Table DinnerSouth AfricaNovember 25, 2016Networking
To The Point Session: Downtime for Entrepreneurs (SALSA Dance)South AfricaNovember 24, 2016Other
To The Point Session: Downtime for Entrepreneurs (SALSA DANCE Session)South AfricaNovember 24, 2016Other
To The Point Session: Downtime for EntrepreneursSouth AfricaNovember 24, 2016Other
#SMEScaleUpJohannesburgGautengSouth AfricaNovember 23, 2016Seminar
I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR - Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016JohannesburgGautengSouth AfricaNovember 19, 2016Seminar
Creating Food For The FutureSouth AfricaNovember 17, 2016Roundtable
Simodisa #VentureTrainSouth AfricaNovember 17, 2016 to November 18, 2016Networking
Vision to 2030 Entrepreneur Summitcape townWestern CapeSouth AfricaNovember 17, 2016Conference
Contribution Compass: Maximising Your Leadership as an EntrepreneurJohannesburgSouth AfricaNovember 17, 2016Seminar
Why Entrepreneurs need a board?South AfricaNovember 16, 2016Class
EEEEC 2030 - Experience Economy Entrepreneurs Event Challenge 2030South AfricaNovember 16, 2016Networking
FundEX 2016South AfricaNovember 16, 2016Conference
Platinum Innovation Expo and ConferenceMafikengNorth WestSouth AfricaNovember 16, 2016 to November 19, 2016Expo
FuckUp NightSouth AfricaNovember 15, 2016Other
South Africa's Great Entrepreneurs SeriesSouth AfricaNovember 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016Seminar
Idea Space FairJohannesburgGautengSouth AfricaNovember 14, 2016Workshop
GEW 2016 South Africa hosted by Propella in partnership with Microsoft SME4AfrikaSouth AfricaNovember 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016Conference