Your Guide to all the Key Players in SA’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) South Africa Chapter has just released its latest South Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map which provides a comprehensive list of organisations that are providing support to South African entrepreneurs.
ANDE is a global network of organisations that support entrepreneurship development in emerging markets.
In total, 340 organisations are listed. They range from funders (government/ DFIs, angel investors, VCs etc.) and accelerators/incubators to non-profit organisations and networks.
A useful feature of the map is that it not only lists the organisations entrepreneurs can approach for assistance, but also in what stage of their business’s development – from ideation and startup, right up to expansion and the growth stage.
The complete map is available to download here. Below are some highlights.
Direct Finance Providers
Includes: debt, equity, grant-based funding from government/developmental financial institutions (DFI), fund managers, VCs, angel investors, private equity, crowd funding and specialised finance.
- National Youth Development Agency
- Masisizane Fund (Old Mutual)
- Africa Media Venture FundSavannah Fund
- IDF Capital
Capacity Development Providers
Includes: government, corporates, non-profit and for profit service organisations providing support that includes enterprise supplier development, funding and training.
- Gauteng Enterprise Propeller
- Seda Construction Incubator
- GE Africa Innovation Centre
- Telkom Future Makers
- The Hope Factory
Includes: entrepreneurship-focussed training programmes offered by universities and private institutions.
- Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
- Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development
- WITS Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship
- Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCT’s GSB
- Regenesys Business School
Includes: providers of research, business development and professional services.
Networks, Associations, Events
Includes: organisations working to build a robust entrepreneurship community through events, competitions and global and local networks.
Foundations/Development Finance Institutions
Includes: nonprofit organisations that support the ecosystem, typically providing funding and resources, with a particular focus on women, youth and underserved communities.
- SAB Foundation
- Skoll Foundation
- Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
- Techstars Foundation
- Thomson Reuters Foundation
For a complete list of the organisations, download the map here.