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 help grow the South African economy and create employment opportunities.

Next trip: Media sector

Destination: Bangalore, India

India Trip

Trip dates: 17th - 24th May 2019

Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. Bangalore has traditionally been known as the IT hub of India but with the growth of technologies and digitalisation, combined with India’s large media industry (notably Bollywood) and the leading country of smartphones users – Bangalore has become the innovative leader of India’s creative industry. 
 
With new-age companies such as Flipkart, its subsidiary Myntra, Amazon and several others setting up shop, the most interesting advertising campaigns are also coming out of Bangalore. The billing of city-based agencies has seen a massive rise in the past few years. Bangalore is home to a lot of independent creative agencies like Orko Basu’s Fisheye Creative, Joono Simon’s Brave New World and others. There has also been a substantial growth in production houses in Bangalore. Nirvana Films headed by Prakash Varma was started in Bangalore as its base and is India’s one of the best ad film production houses. A few other production houses budding in the city are Miramar Films, Be Water, Full Meals to name a few. 

Upcoming trips: 

Renewable/ clean energy sector
Destination: Israel

Israel Trip

Trip dates: 11 – 19 July 2019

With a population of just over 8 million people, Israel enjoys the highest density of start-ups, venture capital investments and largest research and development (R&D) spending per capita in the world. Of Israel’s GDP, 20% is generated by the high-tech industry, with more than 8 500 companies and 35 global R&D centres. Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft are among more than 300 multinationals to open branches in Israel, and claim that the key to success lies with the country’s local talent.

 
Israel has become a world-leader in technologies which help power our planet cleanly. Israel currently ranks 5th of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index, topping 40 other countries. In September 2015, the Israeli Cabinet adopted a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal of 26 percent reduction in GHG emission levels by 2030, using 2005 as the base year. Sector specific targets include a 17 percent reduction in electricity consumption by 2030 relative to business-as-usual and 17 percent of electricity generated in 2030 from renewable sources. Thus, Israel’s current targets for producing electricity from renewable sources are: 10 percent by 2020; 13 percent by 2025, and 17 percent by 2030. 

Israel has numerous technology firms developing renewable energy technologies. Many of these companies are focused on markets outside of Israel. U.S.-Israeli cooperation and joint R&D in the renewable sector is growing.

Food and beverage sector
Destination: Amsterdam

Amsterdam Trip

Trip dates: 4 - 11 October

Although small in size, the Netherlands is one of the five most competitive economies in the world. Its largest city, Amsterdam, is quickly becoming one of the hottest global start-up destinations and is now referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’. Both at a public and private level, entrepreneurship and innovation are being prioritised, thus it has been identified as one of the top three European cities in the Global Start-up Ecosystem Rankings. Amsterdam is currently one of the world’s largest exporters of and food products. 

 
For decades, Dutch agriculture has succeeded in maintain its lead over international competitors by continually investing in the renewal of agricultural production chains. With a wealth of agricultural knowledge, fertile soil, intensive farming, quality produce and trading expertise, Dutch agri-food products are exported all over the world. The Netherlands is a pioneer in the processing of agri-food products: from robotic soft-fruit pickers; to automated meat separators; to potato processing. Out of the top 40 food and beverage drinks in the world, 12 currently have R&D centres in the Netherlands. Making the Netherlands an innovator in the food and beverage industry. 

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 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.  

What is the SATreps global exposure programme about?

The programme offers young South African entrepreneurs exposure to global business thinking. Investec CSI identifies a specific sector and global destination leading within that sector. A week long carefully curated itinerary is crafted for a group of young entrepreneurs who are selected to participate in the programme and gain global exposure. The aim is for them to return to South Africa with global insights, learning, innovation, potential partners, collaborations, funders and markets for their product or service. 
 
The trip is the start of a partnership that Investec CSI forms with the selected entrepreneurs in realising their success and potential at an accelerated pace.

2019 Trips calendar

Are you interested in further information on our SATreps global exposure programme?

Videos from previous trips

  • Singapore

    Financial services innovation - July 2018

  • Berlin

    Textile manufacturing - May 2018

  • San Franciso

    Renewable energy - July 2017

  • Detroit

    Steel manufacturing - April 2017

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. South African citizen under the age of 40
    2. The business must be operational for at least 2 years or more 
    3. Business turnover must be under R50M per year
    4. The entrepreneur must be a “full time” in the business and have a stake / ownership in the business
    5. The business must be a South African based, for profit business.
 

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.

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.

 
 

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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