Our programmes range from helping idea phase founders get started to accelerating young companies on their way to becoming viable businesses.
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.
Take your idea from zero to seed funding in two simple steps…
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.
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.
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
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…
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.