The Design and Innovation Accelerator

The SABS Design Institute in collaboration with the Jobs Fund has launched the Design and Innovation Accelerator for innovative business ideas and entrepreneurs. If you’re running a small business or have an idea for a product or service, the accelerator programme is support you need to become a ground-breaking player in local and global markets. The Design Institute and the Jobs Fund believe that developing quality products and services is the key that will put you on—transforming your idea or startup into a sustainable and profitable business which could create jobs and upskill South Africans.

Between 1 November 2017 and 5 December 2017, you can submit your entries to stand a chance to work collaboratively with industry leaders and established designers across various industries to develop a quality prototype or grow your existing business. The Design and Innovation Accelerator will give creatives and entrepreneurs technical development and market linkage support that will help them grow, broaden their scope of services and increase their geographic reach.

ENTER NOW and your innovative business idea or startup could receive the support it needs to take it to the next level!

HOW TO ENTER

There are three ways to submit your entry:

1. Visit the SABS Design Institute and complete the entry form online.
2. Download a pdf form and email it to the address on the form.
The competition is open for entries from 1 November 2017 to 5 December 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Do you have what it takes?
Do you have an innovative concept that could turn into a lucrative business and need support developing a prototype?

 

CRITERIA

  • Your idea should be commercially viable
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must be a South African citizen residing in South Africa
  • You must be able to commit to a 12 – 18-month programme
  • You must be willing to travel to Gauteng for workshops

 

OR

Are you an entrepreneur who has already launched a startup that trades within the arts and crafts industry with a turnover of less than R10m and hope to grow and tap into global markets?

 

CRITERIA:

  • You should already have a product or service
  • Your business should have a turnover of less than R10m annually
  • You should already be trading, even in the informal sector
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must be a South African citizen residing in South Africa
  • You must be able to commit to a 12 – 18-month programme
  • You must be willing to travel to Gauteng for workshops

 

OR

Are you an entrepreneur who has already launched a startup that trades within the arts and crafts industry with a turnover of less than R10m and hope to grow and tap into global markets?

 

CRITERIA:

You should already have a product or service within the arts and crafts industry Your business should have a turnover of less than R10m annually You should already be trading, even in the informal sector You must be 18 years or older You must be a South African citizen residing in South Africa You must be able to commit to a 12 – 18-month programme You must be willing to travel to Gauteng for workshops

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Prizes

  • Business & Technical Development Support.
  • Mentorship by industry experts.
  • Marketing Support.
  • Market Linkages.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Design and Innovation Accelerator programme is a non-financial support service.

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