South Africa’s CiTi Opens Applications for 2017 InnoTech Programme

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South Africa’s Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) has opened applications for this year’s Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech programme.

Started two years ago, the incubation and acceleration programme is aimed at entrepreneurs focusing on software and mobile applications as well as serious games development.

Selected entrepreneurs will be housed in a professionally serviced office space complete with connectivity, and receive mentorship, business training and access to markets and potential additional funding via Telkom’s Enterprise Development Fund.

The programme will run in phases. The first eight weeks is the ‘Pitch Deck Journey’, which will see the entrepreneurs prepare strong pitches and address their business fundamentals.

Entrepreneurs that progress through phase 1 will go through an MVP bootcamp before entering phase 2, a 12-week program to get them in front of customers and refine their business proposition, culminating in a presentation to potential funders.

During the course of the program, the entrepreneurs will meet successful entrepreneurs on Founder Fridays, make site visits to Cape Town startups and network at the hottest IT events in the City.

Entrepreneurs, especially black entrepreneurs and black-owned SMMEs, interested in the programme should apply by 19 May 2017 on/before noon.

The programme, organized by CiTi’s subsidiary Bandwidth Barn and South African telecommunications provider Telkom, will run from June 2017 for 25 weeks at the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn, Telkom’s Cape Town FutureHub.

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