ICT programme to support SA's technopreneurs launched
IBM and Raizcorp team up in search of the next disruptive tech idea
The programme is aimed at providing support to local technopreneurs with the potential to transform the ICT sector.
Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp says a more powerful ecosystem is needed in the ICT sector, and that through the programme, technopreneurs will receive the support needed to become global players.
"This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who isn’t necessarily qualified or employed in the technical field, but has a disruptive tech idea that will transform each of our lives, the way we do things, and our digital economy," says Raiz.
The programme will provide the entrepreneurs with access to IBM South Africa’s labs, as well as their specialists, who will work closely with them to develop their ideas.
All technopreneurs with ICT-related business concepts or ideas are encouraged to apply.
Through the programme they will be able to fully develop their ideas, which will then be pitched to financiers for investment. The final business solution will be developed to the startup phase of a business.
Participants will receive business and technology development training as well as personal growth support through coaching and mentorship from Raizcorp’s guides, as well as access to skills and business education.
They will also receive financial support to help them to dedicate their time exclusively to the programme for its full duration.
To find out if you qualify for the programme answer the questions below.
1. Do you have a technology related business concept or idea that is based on ICT in one of the following categories: cloud computing, mega data analytics, mobile enterprises, social business, and security?
2. Are you dedicated to putting in the hard work to become an entrepreneur, and are hungry for growth?
3. Are you a black South African citizens, 18 years or older, and have completed Grade 12?
4. Do you have access to accommodation in the Johannesburg region, while they are on the programme?
5. Are willing and able to participate in the programme for 6 months, on a full-time basis?