Connecting The Dots

The SABTIA Ecosystem

With the economic spotlight on entrepreneurship and the development of small businesses in Southern Africa– it is critical that all parts of this dynamic ecosystem are connected. To have a living, breathing and productive ecosystem, we must all be engaging, learning and growing in a constructive and cohesive forum.

SABTIA is a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) association. We call on all industry experts, across Southern Africa, to join hands with us. It is only through the strengthening of this ecosystem, that we can address the challenges faced in the incubation space. Together, with you our domain experts, we will form task forces and panels to develop the solutions this industry needs.

Our membership, of more than 30 accredited incubators, are all already effective contributors.

In the economic space, we have formed partnerships with the Small Enterprise Funding Agency (SEFA); The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, an audit forensic and advisory firm. Together with our funding and finance partners, we will identify and seek to solve, the challenges around capacity-building and access to funding.

The Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA) plays a fundamental role as a core legal and governance advisory body and through the provision of management and leadership training.

Our academic partners include the North West University and Monash South Africa and through we aim to address the gaps in professional development for our incubators and their clients.

A strategic partnership with Commerce Edge (Smart Procurement world) aims to provide access to procurement opportunities and expose the public and private sectors to incubation hubs. Through this collaboration, we aim to help our members better understand market demands and find SMME’s relevant to their business structures. All SABTIA members receive a 15% discount on Standard Exhibition and Conference Packages at the Smart Procurement World conference.

We have connected to global value chain through our relationship with InBIA, and are looking to partner with the EBN Innovation Network, an international community of specialised organisations that connect and coach innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs. Only when we address this landscape together, and from all angles and perspectives, can we take decisive, holistic and viable steps forward. To register as a SABTIA ecosystem builder email info@sabtia.org.za for more information on the process.

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