Business Incubators in South Africa
Business Incubators are developed to reduce the chances of failure of start-ups by offering sustainable and fundamental entrepreneurial support. Incubators enable entrepreneurs and innovators to find the necessary support and resources to build and maintain a successful start-ups. Incubators are seen as a powerful tool for supporting both SMME growth, and a variety of socio-economic needs, such as job creation, technology transfer, reviving economic activities at local and regional level, poverty alleviation and economic integration of previously disadvantaged groups. Below is the list of Business Incubators in South Africa:
List of Business Incubators in South Africa
Chemin is dedicated to supporting the growth of very early stage technology-based businesses in the South African Chemical sector. Chemin provides clients with an exceptional entrepreneurial business environment that promotes collaboration, innovation and encourages ingenuity as well the creation of wealth.
BBI offers incubation services to emerging biofuels producers. Incubatees are capacitated with skills in oil seeds crop production, processing of edible vegetable oil & biofuels, as well as business skills to enhance the profitability of their businesses.
Softstart BTI is a technology incubator hub that assist SMMEs and provides an integrated package of work space, shared office services, access to specialized equipment and value added services like management assistance, access to finance, marketing.
TuksNovation is a technology business incubator that provides specialised product and business development support to startups. Through partnerships TuksNovation provides an ecosystem for corporates to support new and upcoming start-ups. TuksNovation collaborates with student entrepreneurial challenges and events to give students the opportunity to engage with the start-up community.
Sarebi’s mission is to turn energy entrepreneurs into better business people through appropriate business development interventions. The interventions are focussed on addressing the high failure rate of existing small entrepreneurs in the renewable energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency sectors due to a lack of entrepreneurial skills.
The Furniture offers support to existing and start-up businesses by providing incubation facilities for aspiring entrepreneurs with skills in the furniture manufacturing industry. Furntech’s Business Technology Incubation Model has been designed to assist and nurture existing and potential entrepreneurs/businesses through the challenging early stages of developing and growing the business. Furntech have 7 branches acrosss 5 provinces.
BICSA provides unique & highly flexible combination of business development processes, infrastructure and people designed to nurture and grow new & small businesses, products, innovations and entrepreneurs by supporting them through the early stages of development in the Food Technology Sector.
MSI that specialises in stainless steel knowledge exchange, shared infrastructure and technology support services to the unemployed, struggling entrepreneurs or SME’s at one enabling environment and location.
MASDT provides a comprehensive and integrated range of support services in agriculture to emerging farmers located in often remote rural areas. MASDT aims to develop emerging farmers over a three year incubation period to the point where they can sustainably generate both income and employment from their agricultural businesses. MASDT is mobile; instead of expecting the rural poor to travel to education centres in towns and cities, MASDT brings the training as well as support services to the farm gates.
The Platinum Incubator is the only small business start-up hub in the world devoted to encouraging budding entrepreneurs to develop world-class products and applications using Platinum Group Metals (PGMs).
SAMTI promotes the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) in the manufacturing of tools for Agriculture and Mining through technology incubation programme.
SEDA Alfred Nzo Agro Manufacturing Incubator (SANAMI)
SANAMI is a Business Incubator designed to nurture and protect new and existing small businesses in the agricultural sector through business development skills transfers and technical support processes.
NCI is a public benefit organisation mandated to develop and mentor emerging construction companies in South Africa. The Core business of NCI is to develop emerging contractors through the infusion of both technical and business administration skills that are aligned with the introduction of technology in order to enhance the efficiency and management of their businesses.
Savant Technology Incubator de-risks hardware technology development and ensures that the start-ups that house these ground-breaking innovations are commercially driven and investable.
Savant Venture Fund invests in early stage technology start-ups that are investor-ready with market-ready hardware innovations and demonstrable demand.
FSATLABS works with early stage digital businesses to develop the founder and their concept into a business that can scale.
The Limpopo Jewellery Business Incubator is a jewellery designing and manufacturing Centre established to contribute towards creating economic opportunities by helping development of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in Jewellery Sector.
The SMTDC was established to increase Manufacturing Support Incubation Centre in South Africa particularly targeted towards BBBEE. The Centre has over the years swiftly promoted economic growth and SMME development in the Tshwane Municipality (South Africa), as part of government’s poverty alleviation and economic growth strategies, by employing manufacturing technologies in order to help entrepreneurs create new manufacturing businesses.
The Nelson Mandela Bay iHub is a business incubator that focuses on supporting technology start-ups in the Eastern Cape. iHub provides support to SMMEs in the ICT from multimedia to telecommunications and networking companies in a structured incubation model that tracks the growth of the business.
Timbali Technology Incubator sets up small-scale farmers in sustainable businesses since 2003. Timbali provides business development services including but not limited to business management, accounting and sales. The technical skills, technology and clustering (grouping farmers together to share services and create bulk buying power) create the ability for a small-scale farmer to compete with commercial farmers.
The Durban Technology Hub t/a SmartXchange is an incubator whose core mandate is to provide enterprise development services to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’S) in the Media, Information Communication Technology and electronics sector.
Lepharo offers a combination of business, technical training and mentoring for budding entrepreneurs, as well as incubation space for SMMEs in the base metals industry.
InvoTech is an Innovation and Technology Business Incubator with the mandate to convert innovations and new technologies into sustainable commercially viable businesses and accelerate the development of technologically based start-up enterprises.
EJP is driven by their mission to support emerging jewellers, by providing access to minerals, production services and fully equipped workshops, culminating in nationally recognised qualifications. EJP caters for industry based training skills programmes and the development of SMMEs for commercial sustainability and success.
KDJI is a Technology Business Incubator focused on SME creation in Minerals Beneficiation Sector. KDJI services newly registered or existing companies with access to facilities, infrastructure, business and technology skills development, enterprise mentoring and coaching services and facilitation of linkages to markets dependent on Small Medium Enterprise phase.
Innovation Based Enterprises South Africa (iBESA)
iBESA is a business incubator based in South Africa, geared towards commercialising technological innovation. iBESA facilitates the creation and growth of innovation-based enterprises. The efforts are primarily aimed at cultivating and harnessing linkages in the National System of Innovation (NSI) to build entrepreneurial capacity for innovative solutions.
4IRI is dedicated to the development of innovative ecosystems of a city by creating favourable conditions for localisation of high-tech companies. 4IRI provides key talent with an enabling ecosystem and the opportunity to start up and develop new SME business. To drive economic growth opportunities in priority sectors as enabled by the 4th Industrial revolution.
Property Point is the enterprise development initiative created by Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest JSE-listed property company. Property Point is dedicated to unlocking opportunities for SMEs operating in South Africa’s property sector.
BioCiTi is a specialised biotech incubator that provides African entrepreneurs a platform where science, business and investment can come together. The incubator teaches scientists business skills and entrepreneurial skills. It also provides access to the co-working lab space to allow the start-ups to do work independently of any university. BioCiTi focus on biotech start-ups that are late in the research cycle and early in the product cycle. Particular areas of interest include healthcare, agricultural, food, bio-fabrication and biological tools sectors.
The AIDC pioneered its Incubation Programmes within the local automotive industry to provide support to Black-owned enterprises and nurture these companies during their start-up phases. These start-up businesses benefit from operating within the Incubation facility, receiving subsidised rental, mentorship and training by professionals with business development and financial support. The initiative the AIDC’s mandate of creating jobs and developing sustainable SMMEs.
Wakanda Food Accelerator is an entrepreneurial hub for food tech innovators driving disruptive solutions for the FUTURE of FOOD in South Africa. It is a GROW and SCALE platform for food entrepreneurs and start-ups (from production to distribution) looking to accelerate their businesses through curated services to boost operational models/capacity, access to cutting edge food tech such as dark kitchens, a bouquet of memberships benefits to unlock value.
RMCERI drives the development of new technology based enterprises and cooperatives. The incubator is a vehicle to translate technological innovations into new technology based businesses. Successful incubated businesses are earmarked for the Gibela Supplier Park (GSP) and the manufacturing sector in general with proudly South African products and services.
Gibela Business Incubator (GBI) is a non-profit company established to provide enterprise development services to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’S) in various sectors. The Incubation program is designed to nurture businesses from idea generation to start-up companies, through comprehensive tailor-made business support, to help them establish and accelerate their growth and success.
Raizcorp was created to grow and develop entrepreneurs in different contexts and in different stages of their lifecycles. Raizcorp has since evolved into different divisions that service the specific needs of entrepreneurs and those who support them.
Black Umbrellas focuses on developing qualifying businesses to a level where they can gain meaningful access to procurement, finance and networks and then facilitating access to these opportunities. While our programmes and platforms are available to any business at any stage of their development, our primary enabler is the Enterprise and Supplier Development requirements of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.
Riversands Incubation Hub is a ground-breaking initiative with the scale to have a real economic impact by supporting small businesses, fostering job creation and alleviating poverty. Riversands is a large-scale business incubator established in 2015 through a successful private-public partnership between Century Property Developments and National Treasury’s The Jobs Fund. High potential SMEs are accommodated at Riversands for a period of up to three years at a subsidised rental with entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms and a full range of sponsored business support services available.
The Innovation Hub offers a number of incubation programmes in the Bioeconomy (agro processing and pharmaceutical), Smart Industries (ICT and advanced manufacturing) and Green Economy (Water purification, waste management and renewable energy). In addition, The Innovation Hub operates a range of enterprise development, skills development and innovation enabling programmes both in the science park and throughout the Gauteng region.
22 ON SLOANE is the largest startup campus in Africa. The campus offers startups and innovative SMEs a complete turnkey solution to scale, from the initial idea to commercialisation, funding opportunities and access to markets. Its aim is to nurture the entrepreneurial mindset, ensure their sustainability, and explore development of new industries and contribute towards job creation in Africa.
Owned by the University of The Witwatersrand, Tshimologong is where the incubation of Digital entrepreneurs, commercialization of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youth takes place.
Propella Business Incubator provides support for innovators with disruptive technology which gives manufacturing in the Eastern Cape and the rest of South Africa a competitive edge. Propella operates as an Incubator (Support of new companies) as well as an Accelerator (Support of existing companies) as this is critical from a sustainability and income earning perspective.