The South African wine industry is renowned worldwide, and has been for some time, as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote about “Vin de Constance” in some of their most famous novels. Despite the notoriety, the wine industry has been a slow one to innovate with new technologies.  New techniques and styles have followed emerging trends and tastes, but little else has been transformed.
Winetech is aiming to change that. In partnership with LaunchLab, Winetech is looking to bring technology into the entire value chain.  From planting, to processing, marketing and distribution, every part of the wine (and beverage) value chain is ripe for disruption. With Winetech’s help, and incubation support from LaunchLab, your wine industry business idea can gain real traction and disrupt the industry.

The Details

Info Session Dates

We will be holding info sessions at various partner campuses around South Africa to provide context to the opportunities with LaunchLab and our corporate partners.

20 August, 12pm – 1pm – Gauteng; Tshimologong Precinct

30 August, 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Western Cape; The LaunchLab

4 September, 15:00pm – 16:00pm – Port Elizabeth, Propella Incubator, NMMU

5 September, 12:00pm – 13:00pm – East London, ELIDZ Head Office, Auditorium, Ground Floor

6 September, 15:30pm – 16:30pm – Grahamstown, Rhodes University, Physics Lower Lecture Theatre

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LaunchLab will receive pitches in the form of 3 minute videos on our website. This will happen over the course of 7 weeks. 

During the pitch, participants must focus on these key points;

  1. Problem or need addressed: Provide a brief summary of the business idea.
  2. Value Proposition: How do plan to meet that need or solve that problem?
  3. Business Model: How do you intend to make money?
  4. Market Analysis: Who is the target market and how will you access them?
  5. Progress and traction so far: What key milestones and achievements have you made?
  6. Future plan: What is your strategy to grow your business?


Entries close at 12:00 midnight on the 17th of October

Those shortlisted for the final will be notified by the 19th of October