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Israel: 8 - 15 February 2019

South Africa is experiencing very serious drought. Drought threatens food security. Many emerging farmers have land but do not have the skills to turn their farms into profitable Agro Processing businesses. Growing urbanisation and subsequent increased food demand make the agricultural sector a vital link in supporting the country's people and its economy.

  • Why Israel for Social Entrepreneurs?

    Only 20% of land in Israel is arable but it's the world leader in agricultural exports. Israel is the home of the kibbutz and moshav movements which have proven successful in both subsistence and commercial farming practices. Israel has some of the best agricultural innovations, such as drip irrigation. The country produces 95% of its own food requirements and is a world leader in water recycling and desalination.

  • Apply for the exposure programme

    Entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for the programme, are those who are in the sector and have operations and processes that are based in South Africa. Please ensure that your business meets the criteria below before applying.


    Apply for the programme if:

    • You are the owner/entrepreneur of the business and your primary focus is agriculture
    • Your business is operating for at least 18 months
    • Your business is within the agricultural sector
    • Note: Businesses should demonstrate innovation in the agriculture sector either through their business process, use and or integration of technology or have a unique and differentiated business model in order to be considered. Your business should be locally based, registered, for-profit and operating to grow the South African economy and market.
  • Applicant criteria

    • Entrepreneur should be a South African citizen or permanent resident under the age of 40
    • Entrepreneur must not have attended a previous Investec sponsored or En-novate trip
    • Applicant must be the entrepreneur/owner of the business and not an employee
    • Applicant should be a 'full-time' entrepreneur
    • Business must be a South African based, for-profit business in the agriculture sector
    • Business must be operational for at least 18 months and not in ‘ideation’ phase and must have an innovative business model in order to be considered 
    • Business turnover must be under R50m per year.
  • Other selection factors

    • The commercial viability of your business. Does it affect Investec and En-novate’s ability to market and facilitate relationships, investment opportunities and future global exposure trips with the host country and partners?
    • The nature of your business. Is yours a business or are you an entrepreneur that Investec would want to invest in and promote based on Investec’s values and philosophies as an organisation?
    • Completion of due diligence. Final round candidates' selection and acceptance on the programme is conditional upon successful completion of a due diligence process, which is verification of all information supplied by the candidate.
  • Check to see if you meet the application requirements

    1. Demonstrate clear systemic and long-lasting business strategy and how this is being achieved or how this can be achieved through the business model.
    2. Have a financial strategy and plan to show good business governance and planning.
    3. Demonstrate effective accounting and financial systems.
    4. Demonstrate an effective plan for the business's long-term growth and sustainability.
    5. Demonstrate how the business could scale its operations.
  • Three-step application process

    • Eligible candidates complete an online application form (applications open on 29 October 2018 and close on 16 November 2018)
    • Successful first round candidates are invited for a face-to-face interview. Candidates must be available for interviews on 10 December and/or 11 December 2018.
    • Selected candidates for the programme is subject to successful completion of a due diligence process which entails verification of information supplied by the applicant.
  • About the selection panel

    The diverse selection panel comprises representation from Investec, En-novate and other organisations and persons of relevance and interest to the sector and programme.

    We aim to ensure that the process and turnaround times move swiftly, remain fair, objective and transparent.

    This is achieved provided all documentation and processes are followed.