Incubation programmes

The LaunchLab offers early-stage startups and businesses incubation support through programmes and facilities designed to help entrepreneurs to build a successful business.

Our programmes range from helping idea phase founders get started to accelerating young companies on their way to becoming viable businesses.

Ideas Programme

Our corporate partners have issued innovation challenges. Does your idea have what it takes?

If your idea has the potential to change or improve the way large corporates work, join our Ideas Programme and pitch it to our corporate partners. If it’s relevant to one of our current challenges, we want to hear it.

Validate your idea in two simple steps…

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Step 1: Tackle an industry challenge

We source challenges in specific industries from our corporate partners. They pose the challenge, you bring the disruptive or innovative idea.

Our current challenges are listed on our Challenges page.

Step 2: Pitch our corporate partners

If your idea is good enough, you’ll move on to the pitch phase.

Record a 3 minute video of you making your pitch. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll go on to pitch to a live audience and panel of judges. Come out on top, and you could win incubation support valued at more than R150,000, as well as valuable connections to industry partners.

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Knowledge acceleration

The Knowledge Acceleration Programme is an intensive 14-week startup programme designed to help you get from a valid idea to a feasible business plan.

It also comes with a chance to pitch your business and win seed funding.

It covers…

Business, teams, and your profile as an entrepreneur

Finding opportunities and creative solutions for market needs

Defining your market, acquiring and retaining customers

Financial viability and operations planning

The content is provided by Regent University’s Centre of Entrepreneurship and facilitated by experienced mentors and business coaches.

Countdown

The Countdown Programme is a 12 week programme that goes through all of the elements required that most angels, VCs and accelerators require when considering your business.

We get industry leaders from across each field to facilitate these sessions. These sessions include:

  • Legal structuring
  • Building a team
  • Financials
  • Governance
  • Marketing strategy and sales
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Lift-Off

Lift-Off is our flagship incubation programme for university spin-outs, industry spin-outs and startups.

It’s customised to your specific business, and is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need during the countdown to the launch of your business and beyond.

Here is an overview…

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Orbit

Complete Lift-off and graduate to Orbit.

Complete our incubation programme and you’ll graduate with a viable business that’s ready to scale and grow. You’ll have all your due diligence assets, people, a plan, funding, and the confidence and ability to pitch to new customers and investors.

Once you’re in orbit, the limits are where you decide they are.