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Future Durban?

September 8, 2016

Tonight we attended a dialogue with Future Cape Town.

“Future Cape Town is a leading platform in Africa promoting democracy about the future of cities.”

This was an explorative session around collaborating with Durban in the establishment of Future Durban. This session was inspired by the increasing growth of ‘durbanism’, a conscious morphing and urbanising of Durban.

It is clear the advent of urbanism is plowing itself into Durban’s social fabric. We look on to see pioneers shaping the space of the city’s future through collective and sustainable activism.

For more info on the initiative, visit the Future Cape Town site and get a sense of the initiative paving its way to eThekwini.

 

Education, Networking, Opportunities

#StartupTruck

June 1, 2016

 

NATIONWIDE YOUTH BUSINESS START-UP TRUCK MARKS CALL-TO-ENTRY FOR SAB KICKSTART 2016 COMPETITIONS

SAB KickStart Boost and Ignite open for entry on 1 June 2016

 

Johannesburg. June 2016 | SAB’s flagship enterprise development programme, SAB KickStart will embark on a month-long recruitment campaign this Youth Month, using a new innovative #StartupTruck that will travel across the country on a youth entrepreneurship drive to find South Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs.

 

The campaign, targeted at entrepreneurs and innovators between the ages of 18 and 35, will call on those with business ideas and existing start-ups to apply for the SAB KickStart Ignite and Boost programmes, respectively.

 

Entries into the two programme open on 1 June and close on 15 July 2016. Successful applicants stand the chance of  winning a share of R9-million in business development support and incubation.

 

The #StartupTruck will make its way across 10 identified locations in each province beginning in Tshwane, Gauteng on Friday,6 June 2016 and ending in Phillipi in the Western Cape on Tuesday, 24 June 2016.

 

 

SAB KickStart Ignite applicants with innovative business ideas are encouraged to visit the #StartupTruck locations and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Those with existing qualifying businesses and entering SAB KickStart Boost are invited to submit their entry forms at the #StartupTruck and attend a free workshop on how to improve their businesses.

 

At each stopover, the #StartupTruck will partner with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and start-up development organisations, including The Hookup Dinner and Durban Innovation Hub. Together, all partners will offer business support interventions aimed at assisting with accelerating the growth of start-ups. These interventions include pitching and product ideation; coaching aspiring entrepreneur launch their ideas; master class sessions focusing on business development topics such as start-up compliance and strategic growth planning.

 

“#StartupTruck is entrepreneurship support on wheels. It is designed to offer and deliver an accessible platform that assists young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and grow their small businesses. We are excited about the opportunity, together with our partners, to offer comprehensive support, resources and more importantly, increase access to the unlimited possibilities that entrepreneurship offers,” says Mpho Sadiki, SAB Head of Sustainability.

 

Over the past 21 years, SAB KickStart has remained focused on investing and supporting young entrepreneurs in building sustainable and economically viable enterprises which are able to make a high impact contribution towards reducing poverty through job creation.

 

Entrepreneurs interested in entering either SAB KickStart Boost and SAB KickStart Ignite can direct queries to one of the following channels:

 

 

TO ENTER SAB KICKSTART IGNITE:

 

What We Are Looking For:

Entries must be an idea of a commercially viable product aligned to the Manufacturing or ICT Industry and makes use of one or more of the following materials – 3D printing, leather, wood, metal, laser and vinyl cutting, software design programs including CAD/CAM, and electronics including development of Internet of Things technology with Arduino and Raspberri Pi.

 

How to Enter:

Aspiring entrepreneurs with ideas must come and pitch their idea live at each of the following locations during the #StartupTruck tour:

 

06 June – Tswane University of Technology Soshanguwe, Aubrey Matlala & College Road

07 June – University of Limpopo Turfloop Campus, Science Education Centre Building

15 June – University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Road Soweto

20 June – Central University of Technology, 1 Park Road, Bloemfontein

 

The competition format will see eligible participants given just two minutes each to pitch their concept or idea to a panel of industry experts. The pitch must convince the panel that their idea or concept is good enough to develop into a viable start-up business.

 

What is on offer:

Successful pitches will be invited to return for a one-day Bootcamp the following day to assist with the refinement of the business concept/ idea. Following this, a select few will be invited to participate in a 6-month incubation, where they will receive business mentorship, business training, monthly stipend and R1.2million seed grant capital to launch their start-ups.

 

Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to the process of incubation and a willingness to invest effort into developing their product and starting a business entity with the appropriate infrastructure provided by SAB KickStart Ignite.

 

During incubation, the selected candidates will have the opportunity of turning their envisioned ideas into commercially viable products through the support of resident engineers and business trainers. They will evolve through technical and business mentorship, peer learning, networking and the use of advanced technology infrastructure.

 

 

TO ENTER SAB KICKSTART BOOST

 

What We Are Looking For:

The focus of SAB KickStart Boost is on core industries identified at national level by government as having high economic multiplier.  The core industries and sectors are Agriculture and Food Processing, Renewable Energy, Mining and Minerals, Construction, Health, ICT, Science and Electronics, Automotive, Transport, Chemicals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, Tourism, Arts and Crafts, Metal Fabrication, Textiles, Clothing and Footwear.

 

Eligible businesses should also align to the following criteria:

  • Operational for a minimum of 12 months and not more than 5 years
  • Post revenue stage (sales made and concept proven)
  • Generating less than R5 million in turnover per annum
  • Employ a maximum of 15 employees (temporary or fulltime or a combination)
  • At least 51% black owned and managed
  • High growth potential that is scalable, with a sustainable competitive advantage

 

How to Enter:

Entries into the competition close midnight on the 15 July 2015, and SAB will invite successful candidates to a selection interview in their province.

 

Apply online or download the application form on www.sabkickstart.net

Collect a form at any SAB site (located on the website)

Come and collect a form at any of the #StartupTruck locations during June.

 

What is on offer:

The programme offers successful participants a combination of support including intensive business skills training, tailored business development support, mentorship and R5 million shared low interest seed capital loan.

 

Education

Collaborating with ATRU

April 24, 2016

The Durban Innovation Hub strives to regenerate the Durban startup scene. Through the last year we have a tremendous time engaging with key stakeholders in the ecosystem and have had a cracking time partnering with some of the coolest organisations through engaging events.

Some would say that the ecosystem is a small one and not integrated with the rest of the South African tecnology-innovation and entrepreneurship landscape.

We are now taking it to the next level by exposing local Durbanites to the African conversation through African Tech Round-up one of Africa’s top-ranked African tech podcast in key African markets like Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

Have a listen HERE

 

Education

Liberating SA’s Data

April 23, 2016

South Africa’s first cohort of OpenGov Fellows have helped liberate over 550 government datasets containing information intended to help citizens better understand and engage with their communities.

Click HERE to read more on how our ‘Head Honcho’, Nkululeko Mthembu participated in setting the data free.

Education, Networking

GEW 2015

October 17, 2015

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That time of the year has come where we join hands in the global commnity celebrate entrepreneurship.

As Durban Hub we are looking to create relevant content that is engaging and meaningful to your startup journey.

Join us by registering in the hashtag below

#GEW2015

See you there.

Education, Networking

Startup Tours

October 1, 2015

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As a leader and primary driving agent of the Durban startup culture, Durban Hub has an intricate understanding of the different role players of the technology startup ecosystem from co-creative spaces, co-working spaces, fintech startups, online education, agribusiness, technology incubators, accelerators, events, Makerspaces, programmes and a select group of angel investors and venture capitalists that make our city a melting pot.

This has put us in a special position of being the eyes and ears of the startup scene.

We are offering tailored packages to unpack the value of the ecosystem and plug your venture into Durban’s resources.

Drop us a line for a startup tour package for an intricate view of the city with tailored introductions of some of the minds that drive it’s economic engine.

Email: tours@durbanhub.co.za

Telephone: +27 (0) 31 837 1318

Education, Networking

Startup KZN

October 1, 2015

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After much anticipation The Durban Innovation Hub is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Startup Nations South Africa to form Startup Nations Kwazulu Natal.

With Startup KZN we are looking to move away from the premise of digital innovation and drive in roads into an all-encompassing umbrella of entrepreneurship.

Hop on over to the official site HERE 

Education, Networking

International Conference of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

March 17, 2015

The University of KwaZulu Natal together with the Ethekwini Municipality welcomes all international delegates to the City of Durban in the first ever International Conference of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Durban Innovation Hub will be represented by Founder, Nkululeko Mthembu who is a delegate and will be attending all processions for the 2 day conference.

Visit the official site HERE

Education, Networking

Google I/O 2015

March 17, 2015

Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond.

Check out the official page HERE to find out more.

We are proud to be hosting through GDG Durban.

 

Education

Mentec Foundation sponsors SAP

March 10, 2015

Founded in 2006 Mentec Foundation is a pioneer in SAP ERP, JAVA, C#.NET, Microsoft, Mobility, Entrepreneurship and soft skills development as well as economic opportunity creation in form of jobs and new project development. Our vision is to create African leaders in ICT through integrated technical information technology, soft skills such as 1) Work Ethics, Communication Skills, Financial Management Skills, Personal Development, Research and job placements. Our national rollout strategy is called BATS (Business Academy for Technology and Systems).

Mentec is known for training and placing candidates/beneficiaries in jobs.

In partnership with Mentec Foundation, The Durban Innovation Hub has selected candidates to partake in the free learnership that will see them learning basic SAP systems.

More details to follow.