From Start up to Sustainable
Sophiatown BizCre8’s track record revolves around uniquely filling a gap in the South African start-up ecosystem: we address the low level of start up skills among youth entrepreneurs particularly, and offer semi-bespoke support to funding either through readiness for investment or pivoting to increase revenues and efficiency for sustainability.
Over 1000 youth were interviewed, engaged and selected for the programme focusing on green economy businesses between 2015 and 2018.
At a glance our impact shows:
Our model focuses on a balance between the potential of entrepreneurs to develop critical competences required to validate their business model and the market realities they are operating in.
To date, the BizCre8 programme has assisted over 250 entrepreneurs and created over 100 new Green Economy start-ups in multiple industries, through a partnership with the DBSA and DEA’s Green Fund (2015-2018)
BizCre8 wants to bring added value to the South African eco-system to support youth and women owned SMMEs to start up and improve ‘’sustainability and thrive’’ rates, and to strengthen supply chain opportunities
Specifically, we will strengthen SMMEs appeal and access to markets, and promote opportunities in the ‘green economy as part of value chain development, joint marketing opportunities and preparing for capital investments
Pitso Manyike, Neo Grow 2019 Winner for Innovation
Riah Maseko, Veg on the Go 2019 Winner for Best Female Entrepreneur
Jack Mthembu, FirstOneAdventures 2019 WInner for Job Creation AND the category for Most Market Traction
BizCre8 is accelerating through its Activ8 phase, 30 SMMEs and start ups in industries from tourism, artisanal products, organic-agri, environmental and green energy.
We offer pipelines of investment ready SMMEs, value chain support and accelerator-ready entrepreneurs.
Our CSI aligned programes include skills
- Workshops for learners
- Business development for township businesses
- Networking for women entrepreneurs
- Social enterprise support
- Ide8 programmes for young aspiring entrepreneurs
Previous and current partners
DEA: Green Entrepreneurs Programme
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Muhammed Sayed – MuhammedS@dbsa.org
Tessa Dooms – firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce
Mxolisi Mngomezulu – email@example.com
Case studies on our track record can be provided as well as references from funders
BizCre8’s value proposition for a three year project includes:
Design of a programme that complements your current activities or desired outcomes
Day to day management of the programme, reporting, showcasing and evaluating
180 SMMEs capacitated with Start-up Skills and Business Model Canvas, Showcased, operating and trading goals.
90 SMMEs accelerated. Sustainable businesses, jobs created, communities benefiting.