The Innovation Bridge Portal, in partnership with the World Bank Group, Department of Science & Innovation, Department of Small Business Development and Thinkroom is offering 100 Entrepreneurs in each of the 5 SACU countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia & South Africa) an opportunity to enhance their business development through a digital incubation program, Thinkubate. This Innovation Bridge Startup Community initiative will be a hybrid digital and in-person program targeting underserved entrepreneurs who normally will not have access to such world-class opportunities that are tailored to their specific needs.

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The digital incubation program, Thinkubate powered by Thinkroom is an Incubator|Accelerator-as-a-Platform (IAaaP) that covers various components of starting and growing a business, including life stage assessments, an online learner management system, tools and templates. It will benefit entrepreneurs who are at various life stages of their entrepreneurial journey (from ideation to post minimum viable product/service, revenue-generating and growth).

The objective of this IBP 500 program is to provide bespoke solutions to help with a young entrepreneur's business development. Those that graduate from the program will be provided mentorship and coaching support for market access and investment readiness and will be provided opportunities to be connected to both private and public investors

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