Get help with financing, developing and digitising your tech Startup

IBM South Africa, through its Equity Equivalence Investment Programme (EEIP) together with Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct have designed a programme to enable the acceleration of Growth Stage Tech and Digital Startups.

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About the Programme:

The Startup Acceleration initiative is in the format of a Bootcamp to enable development through a series of short, intensive and rigorous modules and an investment in the successful Startup towards growth (resources, infrastructure and technology).

The Bootcamp consists of modules on various Business and Technology topics targeted at Startups. Once the Bootcamp is complete, a round of pitching for an investment of up to R500k in services takes place.

  • To successfully obtain the highest investment amount, the Startup must demonstrate through an investment proposal and compelling pitch on how the R500k investment will yield tangible growth in their business
  • The investment proposal must demonstrate a growth trajectory based on predictable financials, demonstrating increase in revenue and job creation
  • The Startup must be able to convince the judging panel consisting of industry experts and IBM leadership, on the reasons why IBM should invest in the business

Eligibility criteria:

The business is operational, a going concern and commercially sustainable and viable

The business is a technology focused Startup - i.e. a small/medium sized business that takes a technology service/product (hardware or software) to the market

The business is 51% black-owned* and managed

The applicant is involved in the business’s daily operations and management on a full time basis, and is not employed by any other organisation or Organ of State

The business is registered and headquartered, within the borders of South Africa

The business is in the early/mid stages of growth (older than one year)

The business cannot be currently participating on any other Enterprise Development programme at IBM or at any of its competitors

The applicant must declare if they are a relative or direct associate of an IBM employee including the nature of the relationship

Businesses that are a franchise or NPOs (Non-Profit Organisation) or NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation) are not eligible to participate

Apply to the programme if you:

  • Meet all of the eligibility criteria

  • Need the development and enablement support, mentorship and skills training to take your business to the next level

  • Are committed to full participation in the 4 week Bootcamp

  • Have high moral and ethical standards and a desire to contribute to the economy of South Africa

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Key dates:

Applications close on Friday 5 October at 15:00

Pitch Sessions (Entry into Bootcamp)



Monday 8 October

Friday 12 October




Monday 15 October

Friday 9 November

Final Pitch Preparation Week



Monday 12 November

Friday 16 November

Final Pitch Evening



Monday 12 November

Friday 16 November

What we expect from participants:

  • Participate fully in all activities related to the Bootcamp as advised above

  • Maintain open and honest two-way communication (including any concerns and suggestions)

  • Complete all tasks pertinent to the Bootcamp as mapped out in the section above

  • Collaborate and share ideas, think big, help yourself and others to succeed!

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of planned activities

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