Innovation Bridge Portal South Africa

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and its partners invites experienced innovators, entrepreneurs or enterprise holders within its existing portfolio of investments/clients by the BBC, Newton Fund beneficiaries and TIA with a track record of sustainable enterprises that serve township and rural communities, to submit a proposal to create a new venture or expand an existing enterprise with a UK based technology or innovative solution in the following areas:

  • Digitalisation of the Township Economy
  • Future of Healthcare-COVID-19
  • Circular Economy

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Qualifying Criteria

  • Applicants must be South African citizens and/legal entities registered in South Africa. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals, women owned enterprises, enterprises owned by people with disabilities.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential of the enterprise for impact in rural and township communities
  • Applicants must have received support (financial or non-financial) from TIA, BBC, Newton Fund previously or are currently receiving support.

Assessment Criteria

  • Track record of the individual/team and enterprise
  • Competence, expertise and capability of the team executing the project
  • Current stage of operations and viability of current enterprise
  • Number of employees (if any)
  • The market attractiveness of the UK based technology/ innovative solution for the
  • South African and regional market.
  • The market potential of the SA based entrepreneur’s technology innovative solution
  • for the South African and foreign market.
  • The potential of the new enterprise to create new jobs, economic return and social
  • impact
  • The suitability of the locality of the new enterprise

Closing date