Chairperson’s Quarterly Message

Following our relaunch in April, SABTIA has undertaken the mammoth task of consolidating the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide the essential support required by the incubation industry.

This is an industry that is constantly evolving to meet the dynamic needs of the market and entrepreneurs.   The lack of regulation and coordination in the industry has exposed the sector to ‘fly by night’ or ‘opportunistic’ programmes that are often exclusive, ineffective and have very little impact on small business development.

SABTIA aims to build a more inclusive incubation and acceleration system which will better serve small businesses and start-ups, including those in the informal sector – a sector that has largely been ignored by incubation programmes in the past.

In this regard, we have formed a strategic alliance with the Small Business Development Institute, and will embark on specific initiatives in township economies to ensure that the voices of informal businesses are heard.

We believe that some of the greatest challenges that South African business incubators face are a result of lack of co-ordination and failure to adapt global models to suit local conditions.

In April, we signed a strategic partnership agreement with InBIA, a global network of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.  This is the first step in our objective to localise global content and best practice.

Together with InBIA, we are working to develop innovative “co-incubation” models to address challenges associated with accessing global markets, innovation and investment into Southern Africa.  I look forward to reporting back on the outcomes of these developments.

I would like to formally welcome the SABTIA Deputy Chairperson, Sibongile Shongwe.  Sibongile is a social entrepreneur at heart and currently serves as the CEO of The Platinum Incubator and is the co-founder of Women in Developing Economies and KZN provincial coordinator for the Progressive Women Movement of South Africa.

She brings with her a wealth of experience in business management and governance specifically within small business and incubation frameworks.

We are pleased to have Advocate Gillium Martines join the SABTIA Board as its Secretary.  Gillium is a retired Advocate and Legal Advisor at CSIR and The Small Enterprise Development Corporation.  He is the board secretary for Seda and his extensive experience in company law and secretarial work is a welcomed asset for Sabtia.

To succeed in our mandate, SABTIA must engage all parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to share their experiences.  We have had exciting engagements with various academic institutes and secured partners in the financial domain.  Together we can build best practice models that can sustain the future of meaningful business incubation in South Africa.

I invite you to join us.

Yours in development,

Zaid Mohidin
SABTIA Chairperson

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Agenda Calendar
Feb
4
Mon
2019
Incubation Essentials(JHB)
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

The “Incubation Essentials” training is targeted to whoever is new in the industry and needs to be quickly updated on what incubation really means! Whether you are setting up a new incubator or you are freshly up to a new job within an incubator, this training will help you navigate within the industry.

Supporting entrepreneurs in the start-up phase and then delivering proper services during the first years of the life of an enterprise is no easy feat and certainly not one to be taken lightly. If you are a coach, you will be working with real people, people who will share their visions and dreams with you. Incubators, innovation centres and entrepreneurship centres are among the places where constant support is provided. However, the services they provide vary according to the type of entrepreneur and the type of companies that are being set-up, and according to the overall ecosystem where these organizations are embedded.

This 2-day training module, intended for newcomers to the business support industry, will take participants through the basics of business incubation, from entrepreneurship stimulation to pre-incubation and acceleration, from incubation to the establishment of specific growth services.

Coupled with the practitioner’s testimonials, the trainer will take the participants through the innovation-based incubation journey, analysing the fundamental elements of a sound incubation and acceleration process.

Trainers:

>>Giordano Dichter, H&D Partners, Belgium

>>Zaid Mohidin, New Generation Mindset, South Africa

Feb
7
Thu
2019
Incubation Essentials(CPT)
Feb 7 – Feb 8 all-day

The “Incubation Essentials” training is targeted to whoever is new in the industry and needs to be quickly updated on what incubation really means! Whether you are setting up a new incubator or you are freshly up to a new job within an incubator, this training will help you navigate within the industry.

Supporting entrepreneurs in the start-up phase and then delivering proper services during the first years of the life of an enterprise is no easy feat and certainly not one to be taken lightly. If you are a coach, you will be working with real people, people who will share their visions and dreams with you. Incubators, innovation centres and entrepreneurship centres are among the places where constant support is provided. However, the services they provide vary according to the type of entrepreneur and the type of companies that are being set-up, and according to the overall ecosystem where these organizations are embedded.

This 2-day training module, intended for newcomers to the business support industry, will take participants through the basics of business incubation, from entrepreneurship stimulation to pre-incubation and acceleration, from incubation to the establishment of specific growth services.

Coupled with the practitioner’s testimonials, the trainer will take the participants through the innovation-based incubation journey, analysing the fundamental elements of a sound incubation and acceleration process.

Trainers:

>>Giordano Dichter, H&D Partners, Belgium

>>Zaid Mohidin, New Generation Mindset, South Africa

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Setting up a Pre-Incubation Programme(JHB)
Mar 11 – Mar 13 all-day

Incubators need to produce a positive impact. No matter whether they are oriented towards local economic development and aim therefore to create stable jobs, or they are oriented towards high-growth and aim therefore at high profitability through disruptive innovation, they all need to produce a positive impact. Therefore lead-generation of becomes a necessary action that all incubators must endure in, either themselves by putting in place actions to attract innovators and/or entrepreneurs, or through other ecosystem players.

Stimulating the entrepreneurial community of your territory becomes a necessary activity if you want to reach maximum impact, one that too often is disregarded as superfluous and unnecessary, leading therefore to inefficiencies and poor impact.

But then, incubators need to select those ideas that really have a chance to succeed. Therefore, stimulating is just the first step, then there is a need for providing support for any entrepreneur to actually prove the business case. In short, incubators will need to set up a pre-incubation program that efficiently helps would-be entrepreneurs to validate their ideas.

This 2-day training session will therefore explore the various possibilities and methods of stimulating the potential entrepreneurs of your region to actually think entrepreneurially and to engage with the incubator in developing ideas, opportunities and businesses, and will provide methodologies and tools that can be used by coaches and staff members of incubators in developing a sound pipeline.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Setting up a Pre-Incubation Programme(CPT)
Mar 15 – Mar 16 all-day

Incubators need to produce a positive impact. No matter whether they are oriented towards local economic development and aim therefore to create stable jobs, or they are oriented towards high-growth and aim therefore at high profitability through disruptive innovation, they all need to produce a positive impact. Therefore lead-generation of becomes a necessary action that all incubators must endure in, either themselves by putting in place actions to attract innovators and/or entrepreneurs, or through other ecosystem players.

Stimulating the entrepreneurial community of your territory becomes a necessary activity if you want to reach maximum impact, one that too often is disregarded as superfluous and unnecessary, leading therefore to inefficiencies and poor impact.

But then, incubators need to select those ideas that really have a chance to succeed. Therefore, stimulating is just the first step, then there is a need for providing support for any entrepreneur to actually prove the business case. In short, incubators will need to set up a pre-incubation program that efficiently helps would-be entrepreneurs to validate their ideas.

This 2-day training session will therefore explore the various possibilities and methods of stimulating the potential entrepreneurs of your region to actually think entrepreneurially and to engage with the incubator in developing ideas, opportunities and businesses, and will provide methodologies and tools that can be used by coaches and staff members of incubators in developing a sound pipeline.

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Working with your Ecosystem (JHB)
Apr 9 – Apr 10 all-day

The economic growth of a region depends in no small part on the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. While it is essential that the ecosystem nourish the local entrepreneurial community and the innovators that will enable growth to happen, it is also true that every region, every local territory and every reality has its own peculiarities. Entrepreneurship responds to the conditions where it is embedded, and these vary greatly from place to place and from time to time. Getting it right is not easy, and managing the process where local stakeholders agree on a common vision is also complex.

In this 2-day workshop, which combines elements of both training and technical assistance, local actors, institutions and players from the public and private sectors of a local territorial ecosystem will work jointly to understand how to best establish and run entrepreneurial support services in their local context. Through an analysis of the needs of the local entrepreneurs and by adapting the business-support-service value chain, the workshop will forge among the participants a shared vision of the territory and a common understanding of who should be doing what, how to get there, and with what resources.

Trainers:

– Giordano Dichter, H&D Partners, Belgium

– Zaid Mohidin, New Generation Mindset, South Africa

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Working with your Ecosystem (CPT)
Apr 11 – Apr 12 all-day

The economic growth of a region depends in no small part on the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. While it is essential that the ecosystem nourish the local entrepreneurial community and the innovators that will enable growth to happen, it is also true that every region, every local territory and every reality has its own peculiarities. Entrepreneurship responds to the conditions where it is embedded, and these vary greatly from place to place and from time to time. Getting it right is not easy, and managing the process where local stakeholders agree on a common vision is also complex.

In this 2-day workshop, which combines elements of both training and technical assistance, local actors, institutions and players from the public and private sectors of a local territorial ecosystem will work jointly to understand how to best establish and run entrepreneurial support services in their local context. Through an analysis of the needs of the local entrepreneurs and by adapting the business-support-service value chain, the workshop will forge among the participants a shared vision of the territory and a common understanding of who should be doing what, how to get there, and with what resources.

Trainers:

– Giordano Dichter, H&D Partners, Belgium

– Zaid Mohidin, New Generation Mindset, South Africa

May
14
Tue
2019
Incubation in practice (JHB)
May 14 – May 15 all-day

Supporting start-ups to survive the “valley of death” is a difficult task, one that requires great capacities to read within the companies needs and that requires any incubator practitioner to be as creative as she/he can possibly be. During these years, anything can go wrong and there is a need to guide the entrepreneurs into minimizing risks and leveraging on opportunities. However, it is proven, that around 87% of the companies that go through a sound incubation program are still in business after their first three years. Therefore sound incubation programs make a difference!

This 2-day training course will support your incubator to set up in place an up-to-standards incubation program, analysing the services needed during the incubation phase of a startup and supporting you to prioritize for the set-up of your own world-class incubation program.

May
16
Thu
2019
Incubation in practice (CPT)
May 16 – May 17 all-day

Supporting start-ups to survive the “valley of death” is a difficult task, one that requires great capacities to read within the companies needs and that requires any incubator practitioner to be as creative as she/he can possibly be. During these years, anything can go wrong and there is a need to guide the entrepreneurs into minimizing risks and leveraging on opportunities. However, it is proven, that around 87% of the companies that go through a sound incubation program are still in business after their first three years. Therefore sound incubation programs make a difference!

This 2-day training course will support your incubator to set up in place an up-to-standards incubation program, analysing the services needed during the incubation phase of a startup and supporting you to prioritize for the set-up of your own world-class incubation program.

Jun
17
Mon
2019
Internationalization support (JHB)
Jun 17 – Jun 18 all-day

Preparing a company to go international is part of the “expansion” services that are delivered by an incubator. In doing so, on one side it needs to prepare the company for taking off smartly and wisely, on the other hand, it needs a range of trusted connections that enable the companies to pursue opportunities abroad.

This 2-day training course will explore internationalization support on all sides. On day 1, the trainer will conduct the participants through the best methods and tools to support a company to “get ready” to internationalize and to take off wisely, while on day 2, SABTIA will go through all the possibilities it has opened with other international networks and will explain how to gain access to them.

Jun
20
Thu
2019
Internationalization support (CPT)
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day

Preparing a company to go international is part of the “expansion” services that are delivered by an incubator. In doing so, on one side it needs to prepare the company for taking off smartly and wisely, on the other hand, it needs a range of trusted connections that enable the companies to pursue opportunities abroad.

This 2-day training course will explore internationalization support on all sides. On day 1, the trainer will conduct the participants through the best methods and tools to support a company to “get ready” to internationalize and to take off wisely, while on day 2, SABTIA will go through all the possibilities it has opened with other international networks and will explain how to gain access to them.