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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, 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.

Networking

Open Data Durban

October 1, 2015

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Through the endearvours of local entrepreneur Richard Geevers, a developmental economist and all round Geek, Durban has an official agency to propel the Open Data Agenda.

They are in their early days with a mission of making data and information accessible. Through partnerships with Code 4 SA they are looking to deliver incredible solutions with a cadre of civic technologies with a passion of delivering local solutions.

Hop on over and view of some of the work they have done HERE 

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 

Networking

Mobile 360 Series

September 4, 2015

 

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The GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Africa is where mobile leaders gather, collaborate and define the future.

Great progress has been made to improve the affordability of mobile services in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.  However, more remains to be done. The Mobile 360 Series – Africa will convene key stakeholders to help bring about digital and financial inclusion.

Mobile 360 Series – Africa will feature three days of keynote addresses from top executives, panel sessions and case studies to prompt audience interaction and discussion.

Be part of the future at Mobile 360 Series – Africa this October.

Register with code G15V7TR8GZ and receive a 15% discount on passes at www.mobile360series.com.

 

Motivation, Networking

SAB Kickstart Ignite

August 27, 2015

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SAB KickStart Ignite a new programme where we will partner with FET colleges to introduce a competition aimed at promoting industrial innovation within the youth.

The competition is about supporting an enabling environment for makers to prototype and commercialise their ideas, creating sustainable enterprises that shift the paradigm from consumers to makers of innovative products, services and industries. It will offer training, mentorship and seed grant funding.

Hop on over to the official SAB page for more details HERE

Networking

Innovate Durban

August 27, 2015
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The Innovate Durban Programme was launched in 2014.
The purpose of this programme is to highlight the importance of innovation in economic processes as well as channel creativity into improving the City.   EThekwini Municipality, the founding member of Innovate Durban, has partnered with various institutions and companies to launch the Innovate Durban brand.
The programme has included a number of projects implemented by the city in collaboration with these key partners to support innovation. It is driven by projects focused on creating awareness, building capacity and skills, encouraging community involvement, boosting public and private sector innovation and creating fundamental linkages between all role players and innovation tools to make innovation easy and possible. These will entail a number of initiatives intended to offer thinkers, aspiring students and budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to share, build capacity, network and investigate technology-based economic and social development as well as increase awareness within the entire municipality regarding innovation.
Objectives of the Innovation Programme:
  •  build a platform that brings the business and academic communities together to enable innovation that solves business challenges, drives economic growth and creates jobs
  • lead innovation in the region by providing businesses access to innovation thinking and technology that will improve their efficiency and effectiveness in their operations
  • support innovation skills development in the region by supporting academic institutions in course development and awareness
  • build credibility for Innovate Durban and the platform through partnerships as well as associations with other key players in the innovation sector.

Article souce: http://innovate.durban.gov.za/About/Pages/default.aspx