An entrepreneurial spirit has been a tenet of Investec’s culture always. We encourage it inside the organisation and support it outside the organisation.

Setlogane Manchidi CSI head
Setlogane Manchidi, CSI head

Our entrepreneurial initiatives champion out of the ordinary doers; those with the potential to make a sustainable positive change in South Africa.

We continue to foster an entrepreneurial spirit; we believe it’s vital to develop entrepreneurs whose success will create opportunity for economic participation for more South Africans.

Our entrepreneurial initiatives include:

startup school mentorship

Startup School

Startup School is a practical online entrepreneurship learning programme. It offers entrepreneurs a coach who guides them, expert one-on-one mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, and the opportunity to pitch for prize funding of up to R100 000.

young entrepreneurs

Finance Readiness Programme

This initiative gives entrepreneurs access to a team of finance professionals who outline a tailored approach to shape and build their businesses. The programme strengthens the businesses’ ability to be investor/investment ready.

woman entrepreneur

Market Readiness Programme

To continuously add depth in our engagement and contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, we pilot and test different initiatives to further advance and enable different needs of entrepreneurs. One such pilot initiative is the Market Readiness programme. The pilot programme aims to ensure the necessary compliance, business process, due diligence and other criteria that are key to enabling new potential client, supplier and procurement opportunities are implemented and better managed.

women entrepreneurs

By game changers, for game changers.

Entrepreneurship is key to the growth of our economy – now more than ever.We stand behind those who are changing the game, and maintain our commitment to our ‘unselfish contribution to society and others’, coupled with the desire to make a meaningful contribution towards facilitating broader societal transformation in 2021, and beyond. 

Shaun Mallanna
Shaun Mallanna

We stand behind those who are out of the ordinary, and remain committed to one of our key values, that of ‘unselfish contribution to society and others’, coupled with the genuine desire to make a meaningful contribution towards facilitating broader societal transformation.

Invested for the future

Our selection process is key; careful selection of participating entrepreneurs is foremost in all our programmes. We partner with our entrepreneurs because we believe that it is only through carefully structured strong partnerships and engagements that we can make a meaningful difference in transforming the entrepreneurship landscape and possibly see sustainable economic development and job creation in our country. We build the entrepreneurial ecosystem by the creation and capacitating of Alumni, and maintain it with a long-term strategy that nurtures entrepreneurs. From one out of the ordinary entrepreneur, to another. Now, more than ever, entrepreneurship is key to the growth of our economy. 

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