Entrepreneurship programmes

Growth through innovative thinking

 

Investec supports the growth of young South African entrepreneurs by providing global exposure and support initiatives, in order to grow the South African economy and create employment opportunities.

Previous trips

  • Detroit

    Detroit

  • San Francisco

    San Francisco

Previous trips

Detroit
San Francisco

Act locally, think globally

Investec wants to grow the South African economy and society. To achieve this we focus on two key areas, education and entrepreneurship. Our Global young entrepreneurs’ programme provides a platform that exposes South African entrepreneurs to global business thinking.

Exposure trips abroad

Every year Investec, in partnership with En-novate, sends a group of young entrepreneurs from various sectors to specifically selected countries in order to gain global exposure. Each itinerary provides them with opportunities to network and to engage with venture capitalists, funders and captains of industry. The aim is for them to return home not only stimulated and inspired, but also with a list of potential partners, funders and markets for their product or service.  

Upcoming trips in 2018

Berlin

Textile manufacturing

Singapore

Financial services innovation

Helsinki

Education

Young Entrepreneurs Programme Offering:

  • Programme Objectives at a glance

    1. Grow entrepreneurial networks by creating business contacts between South African entrepreneurs and their international counterparts.
    2. Facilitate access to people of inspiration and industry-specific knowledge. 
    3. Showcase social and for-profit entrepreneurship approaches which provide insights into how businesses can be a force for good in society.
    4. Expose how technology and new methods of thinking can be applied to improve business.Showcase the best of South African entrepreneurs and initiate engagement with potential investors, companies and other stakeholders.
  • Interested? Check if you qualify

    1. The entrepreneur should be a South African citizen or permanent resident under the age of 40.
    2. The entrepreneur must not have attended a previous Investec trip within the past 12 months.
    3. Applicant must be the entrepreneur/owner of the business and not an employee.
    4. Applicant should be a ‘full-time’ entrepreneur.
    5. Business must be a South African based, for-profit business from the sector in which the trip is focused.
    6. Business must be operational for at least six months and not in the ‘idea’ phase.Business turnover must be under R50m per year.
 

Startup School

Investec in partnership with UCT’s Graduate School of Business Foundation and the Startup School which was founded by some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs have worked together to bring entrepreneurs The Startup School. Startup School offers you, the entrepreneur, the opportunity to expand on your business insight through a challenging and interactive 12 week online learning journey.

For more around Startup School

Startup School

Investec in partnership with UCT’s Graduate School of Business Foundation and the Startup School which was founded by some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs have worked together to bring entrepreneurs The Startup School. Startup School offers you, the entrepreneur, the opportunity to expand on your business insight through a challenging and interactive 12 week online learning journey.

For more around Startup School
 
 

Young Entrepreneurs alumni

The main aim of having the alumni is to bring together young entrepreneurs that have been part of the various global trips focusing on a number of sectors such as tech, education and agriculture. Through the alumni programme, these young entrepreneurs will be given a platform to meet other leading fellow SA entrepreneurs in their sector and catch up with fellow programme participants from previous trips.

 
 

Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA)

Investec has partnered with JASA in an entrepreneurship initiative that seeks to stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset as well as life skills amongst Grade 11 learners through them participating in a 23 week long Entrepreneurship Academy Programme.

Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA)

Investec has partnered with JASA in an entrepreneurship initiative that seeks to stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset as well as life skills amongst Grade 11 learners through them participating in a 23 week long Entrepreneurship Academy Programme.

 

 The programme creates an opportunity for young learners to acquire practical hands-on skills to launch and manage their own small businesses. It is currently offered to 10 schools, in the 9 provinces across the country.

The Junior Innovators Competition as part of the programme aims to reward an individual who shows a high level of entrepreneurship potential as well as to expose all the finalists to the real world of being an entrepreneur.

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