Startup Bootcamp pilot in Limpopo

17 Jul 14

EDCP Kickstart Awards-Grant and Funding BlogCalling all young entrepreneurs in Limpopo

Entries close midday on Monday, 21st July

Young entrepreneurs wanting the opportunity to participate in the SAB entrepreneurship development workshop, SAB KickStart Startup Bootcamp, are encouraged to email by no later than midday on Monday, 21 July.

The workshop will take place in the Polokwane area over three days from 23 to 25 July 2014. 

A pilot programme supporting entrepreneurs

Startup Bootcamp, a pilot programme of SAB KickStart, SAB’s youth entrepreneurship development programme, will target approximately 50 entrepreneurs based across Limpopo. They should be between the ages of 18 and 35 with an innovative business idea or early start-up not more than 6 months in operation and who are looking to acquire tools to improve their concepts and operations.

Other criteria include being willing to invest time and effort to develop and grow the idea and individuals should display passion. Successful entrants will be invited to attend a pitching process to take place on Wednesday, 23 July where the final Startup Bootcamp participants will be chosen.

SAB, through its rigorous commitment to development and support of sustainable and high impact youth entrepreneurship, will use the Startup Bootcamp to help fill a critical gap in the entrepreneurship support ecosystem, namely the lack of support for the origination and growth of ideas. Furthermore, SAB recognises that relevant and innovative business development support is difficult to access, especially by youth in rural areas.

Over the three day bootcamp, participating entrepreneurs will be provided free of charge with, amongst others, pitching opportunities, collaborative business mentoring, training and networking support. The programme content includes general business management, sales and marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship and looking at the business model canvas.

The interactive programme will be presented by a host of business experts and guest speakers.

The final day of the bootcamp will see the launch of #THUDPlk The Hookup Dinner Polokwane - where between 5 and 7 of the participating entrepreneurs will be provided an opportunity to pitch their business ideas. The Hookup Dinner is a national entrepreneur networking session allowing young entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet and potentially work with likeminded individuals.

About SAB KickStart

One of the country’s leading youth entrepreneurship development programmes started in 1995. The competition offers entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 the opportunity to grow their existing businesses through a comprehensive business development support package which includes business skills training, grant funding, a business growth development strategy and mentorship. Over the past 19 years, SAB KickStart has helped more than 27 000 youth entrepreneurs. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates.