SABTIA was established to…

While South Africa is regarded as the entrepreneurial leader in sub-Saharan Africa, it’s weakest link in terms of its entrepreneurial ecosystem is start-up skills.  It poses the question of… what skills can be taught, to improve the appetite for entrepreneurship?

Statistics South Africa released the latest results of its Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2017, which showed that, apart from the overall unemployment rate reaching a 13 year high of 27,7%, the youth (ages 15 – 34 years) unemployment rate also increased to 38,6%. The increase in unemployment is evidence that there a lack of start-up skills in the country, and calls for an even more focused approach to building an entrepreneurial ethos – from grassroots level.

The number of SMMEs in South Africa increased by 11.2% year-on-year from 2.23 million in 201 to 2.48 million in 2017. Over the same period, the number of formal sector SMMEs increased by 11.6%, while informal sector SMMEs increased by 11.7%. Some of the growth in SMMEs may reflect survivalist operations resulting from economic conditions.

South Africa is in dire need of providing the appropriate support structures in uplifting the potential of entrepreneurs and SMME’s, to a level of independence, self-sufficiency and sustainable productivity.

Business Incubation worldwide has been an established mechanism through which entrepreneurs and SMME’s could be supported and grown. Incubation is geared at assisting early stage companies to overcome start-up challenges. This is achieved through providing a variety of interventions such as subsidized office space, coaching, mentoring, training, and support for market access.

The incubation fraternity has been fast evolving with a number of trends being noticed. Incubators, apart from being support mechanisms, have also evolved into growth acceleration mechanisms. As well as new business models, such as corporate incubators and enterprise development incubators.

There has however been no co-ordination between local incubators, as well as between incubators and international organisations. Better regulation and support of incubators is critical for growth and effectiveness of entrepreneurs and SMME’s.

With this being said, it is evident that there is a need for bringing all incubators under one platform – in response to this need, SABTIA was set up.

The Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) was initially set up in 2005 to serve as the incubator industry standards, practitioner and members association, by providing the dissemination of knowledge, skills and expertise to all incubators nationally, continentally and internationally through partnerships with stakeholders like STP.

SABTIA’s vision is to serve as an association that advocates all incubators, accelerators, educational institutions and developmental stakeholders’ credibility through education and consolidation of training, certification programmes, benchmarking and standard codes of good practice, networks and facilitation of events, shared services and innovative solutions.

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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.