Conecta Migrants Small Business Development Course

Conecta Migrants Small Business Development Course

About the program

The vision of Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town is “to foster the culture, social and economic integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’’. One way that Conecta Migrants Small Business Development Course does this is by recognizing that all programme beneficiaries (South Africans, refugees and economic migrants) have the right to work and are better able to integrate into society when they have access to and can participate in the South African economy.

The Small Business Development Course aims to achieve this through the development of entrepreneurs’ potential in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. To do this, we are looking for 35 innovative early-stage business ideas or established businesses that will benefit from our 6-month online incubation programme.

These businesses will further develop the viability of their ideas, following a clear structure and receiving weekly support from a volunteer mentor and incubation team to guide them through the process. All entrepreneurs will be paired with volunteer mentors to get the support they need in creating sustainable businesses that make a positive impact in the Western Cape (Cape Town).

After completing the programme, they will be able to download an executive summary of their business plan and use it to present to potential investors or new-founders.

What requirements must be met?​

  • Entrepreneur in early-stage phase (idea, proof of concept, PMV, prototype, or early stage startup/small business) in any sectors.

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Town / Region
Cape Town
Sectors accepted for this program

Join as a mentor and help entrepreneurs in South Africa achieve success!

We are looking for mentors who are committed to joining our incubation program. If you have a passion for entrepreneurship, have at least 5 years of professional experience and are committed to reviewing and monitoring your entrepreneur’s work before mentoring meetings, we want you to join us! We envision a fair, efficient and meritocratic society where innovation belongs to everyone. Sign up today and help South Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs succeed!

What requirements must you have to mentor?

  • Professionals with 3-5 years of professional experience post academic years who are passionate about guiding and supporting early stage entrepreneurs structure and validate their businesses ideas.
  • A plus is if they are migrants or refugees themselves, yet not a ‘must-have’.

Program Timeline

Apply to participate in the program
Until December 7, 2023
Tell us more about yourself and your project by submitting your application. Our team will evaluate all applications from entrepreneurs and mentors who apply to the program.
Confirmation of selected profiles
Until 15 December 2023
We will review the completed applications through a selection process and select the participants for this edition of the programme.
Participate in the welcome session
8-12 January 2024
You will be invited to participate in an information session to welcome you to the incubation programme. In this session we will cover the programme schedule, your role, the role of mentors, the use of incubation tools to help you work on your business and much more.
Training of work pairs for entrepreneurs/mentors - During the third week of January
Take part in our matching process! You will have the possibility to meet with the volunteer mentors from our Community that you think will be the best match for you and your project. Once you have met several mentors, both you and they will send us their preferences to let us know who they want to work with and we will make the best teams.
Start the incubation program
January - June 2023

Start the hybrid incubation experience with mentoring sessions, working tools and structured development. You will have 5 months to complete the incubation cycle and develop your validated business plan.

  • You will work weekly with your personal mentor in one-on-one sessions to go through the 8 business modules.
    You will have the incubation team on hand at all times to answer any questions you may have.
  • You will finish the programme developing a business plan and executive summary ready to present to potential investors.
Completion of incubation program
June 2024

Do you have any questions about the program?

Contact Phefumlela Bam / Fortune Mack, Incubation Manager of the program to answer all your questions.

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