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:
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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 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 

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 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 www.saica.co.za, 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.