South Africa
Enterprise Development
Development Programme

The CSIR is inviting aspiring young entrepreneurs to participate in its Entrepreneurship Development Programme. Whether you have a business idea or have started a business in the past 12 months, plan to launch a new venture or aim to turn your hobby into a business, apply now to be considered for the CSIR Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

The CSIR Entrepreneurship Development Programme will support young entrepreneurs as follows:

  • It follows a structured process to assist entrepreneurs systematically develop viable business plans, with an opportunity to present to potential funders in the first quarter of 2024; • You will have the support of an experienced programme facilitator and a mentor;
  • You will attend training sessions focusing on key entrepreneurship development areas, including understanding your market, how your solution meets its needs, developing a successful business model and managing finances and projections;
  • You will receive mentorship to address key areas of your business; and
  • The programme will conclude with a dry run to refine your pitch, followed by a presentation to a panel, which will include IDC and CSIR representatives who will assess your pitch and funding readiness. 

Click here to apply. 

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