Digital Innovation Precinct




The University of the Witwatersrand’s B-BBBEE Level 1 Entity, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, is a hub where the incubation of startups and SMEs takes place and aims to create world-leading African digital entrepreneurs.

We provide startups and entrepreneurs with the tools and support they need to grow and scale their businesses through our industry-leading Enterprise Development Model that is focused on developing skills for the digital economy while unearthing digital start-ups and talent in Africa.

We would like to align with your strategy by creating an end-to-end customised Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) programme that incorporates your company values and goals.

Tshimologong Community & Co-Working Space

what we do

Working to boost Digital and Entrepreneurship Skills in South Africa

The Tshimologong Precinct is a digital innovation ecosystem in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, that propels entrepreneurship and grows the skills pipeline for the digital economy through collaboration with academia, corporates, government and entrepreneurs.

We provide skills and on-the-job training for unemployed youth while accelerating the growth of digital enterprises at every stage of their business and create a pathway for students and entrepreneurs to showcase their work publicly and access commercial opportunities.

Key Pillars

The key pillars of Tshimologong’s ecosystem in achieving its purpose are:

Digital Skills Development

Programmes are focussed on increasing talent in digital ventures and growing tech teams.

Incubation & Acceleration

Initiatives are designed to increase Digital Startups, supporting their businesses at every stage of development.

Networks & Market Access

Through various programmes we enable entrepreneurs to build effective networks, providing access to funding and markets.

Our Vision is that Tshimologong will become a catalyst for the development of world leading African digital entrepreneurs.
We cement this vision through our approach to digital innovation.

We define digital innovation as the intersection between:

We exist to fulfil our “Africa Rising” destiny by producing world class developers, entrepreneurs and innovators of digital technology

Our work in action

We produce world class developers, entrepreneurs and innovators of digital technology


An accelerator bridging the gap between academia and industry, offering quality skills programmes and experiential learning.

Enterprise Development

We provide Technology and Digital entrepreneurs with the right tools and support in developing their businesses.


An audio-visual and innovative content platform, created for content creators.


We empower young, innovative people to become employable, self-employed or start their own enterprises.

Coworking & Community

We provide Technology and Digital entrepreneurs with the right tools and support in developing their businesses.

Events & Experience

We love sharing in the wisdom of others or just hang out within our community.

Our Impact

We develop skilled youth and Digital Entrepreneurs that Excel in Global Markets

Start-Ups Incubated
Entrepreneurs Impacted
Community Alumni Entrepreneurs
Community Alumna Startups

The key pillars of Tshimologong’s ecosystem in achieving its purpose include the Digital Skills Academy with a range of programming to grow the talent for digital ventures to thrive, the Enterprise Development model accelerates the growth of digital ventures at every stage of their business, ensuring desirable and feasible technology, as well as viable business models with sound operations. Furthermore, the Digital Marketplace provides platforms of access to market for digital startups and interns.

2022 Impact Report

Innovative Classroom Café 2022 Report

Fak'ugesi Festival 2022 Report

Evaluating the African Deep Tech Spin-off Ecosystem

2021 impact report

Our Success Stories

We develop skilled youth and digital entrepreneurs that excel in global markets

Enterprise Development

In 2019 Lesego was a beneficiary of the Africa Rising programme. In 2018 Lesego and his team were struggling to move their business from idea stage to proof of concept and sought business coaching to develop a market-ready product. PAISA had no clients and an incomplete prototype and his team had grown despondent.

Skills Development

Lebohang Mofokeng enrolled in the Accenture/KLM Programme in October 2018. Lebohang lives with a congenital deformity of the hips and says that she felt discouraged before she joined the Skills Development Academy.

Mollo Animation Academy and Studio

From the Cave’s mouth, an animation short, produced by the Animation Academy has been selected to show at the Los Angeles Rocks International Film Festival (Lariff).