The World Bank Belnasa Youth Forum (BYF), a self-organized collective of young people from Botswana; eSwatini; Lesotho; Namibia and South Africa (BELNS) will be hosting a webinar under the theme “Unlocking youth-led Innovation” on the 06 October 2023 from 11:00 - 13:30, SAST. 

Keynote Speaker: Pe...

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Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria are required to ensure that outputs are maximised and that the goals and objectives of the IDC are met. Successful applications should meet all of the following requirements and terms. If any are not met at the time of application, and the requisite documentation not supplied, the application will be rejected:

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African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), in collaboration with the First Rand Empowerment Fund (FREF) and Deloitte, has undertaken a comprehensive study to understand the current state of Innovative Finance in South Africa. This research maps out South Africa's current Innovative Finance...

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Criteria to apply?

  • You must be a South African citizen over the age of 18
  • Your business must be 51% or more black-owned
  • You must be active in your business full time
  • You must have a cellphone, a computer and an email address
  • You must be responsible for your own transport
  • Your business must have been trading for at least six months
  • Your average monthly turnover must be R15 000, R20 000 or R100 000

The Start-Up Culture Co.Space will be hosting a master class that aims to provide Practical Principals on being Funding Ready

The masterclass will include a panel discussion with both Private and Public Funders on their criteria and different funding instruments. 

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Microtraction is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in African startups at the pre-seed stage.

Microtraction is sector agnostic and heavily biased towards smart, relentlessly resourceful founders who are building high growth, technology driven businesses in billion dollar markets.

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The eKasiLabs is a micro innovation hub facility spread across the 5 economic corridors in Gauteng where we foster and cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in townships. The facilities are located in Mohlakeng, Sebokeng, Garankuwa, Soweto, Tembisa, Alexandra, Mamelodi, Kagiso, Kathorus and Mabopane.


  • Business Development support
  • Mentoring (both technical and non-technical)
  • Commercialisation and market development support
  • Value Added service such Intellectual property and other legal service advisory
  • Co-creation facilities that include hotdesking


The Young Entrepreneur Award: Nominees must be young female entrepreneurs and start-ups between 18 and 35 years old who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and skills to build and grow successful and sustainable enterprises. Young entrepreneurs must exemplify leadership in their field and the importance of entrepreneurship to effect positive change. They are inspirational and must have achieved tangible and material success (revenue and number of employees can indicate this).

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Eligibility Criteria

The applications are open to early-stage women-led businesses across Africa. These businesses must meet the following criteria before applying;

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