Place Category: Space
The creation of the Garden Route ICT Incubator as a NPO (not for profit) company and PBO (public benefits organization) will provide local innovative ICT entrepreneurs with a safe and subsidized environment from which to launch products and build their businesses. It will further provide industry experts as mentors to assist young entrepreneurs with entering the mainstream ICT arena, building of strong market ready products and services, as well as hands on support in research and development.
It is planned that the incubator could also play a vital role in leveraging seed funding and venture capital where required – if not directly, at least entities in a formal incubation system could be a more attractive investment. In some cases the lowered operational cost alone (through shared infrastructure and services) will improve an entities chance of survival due to lower start up cost.
The Garden Route ICT incubator fits within the vision and anticipated future economic growth of George. The local authority will seek to actively market the city as a hi-tech research and development destination, with an additional strong focus on education as economic driver.
Together we can build a strong ICT cluster in the Garden Route that will ultimately benefit local entrepreneurs, the local industry and economy and supply fully fledged businesses to compete on the national and international arena flying the South African flag.
We’re putting together services to support local entrepreneurs as well as create new opportunities and reinvent services to make it easier for corporates to do business with SMMEs.
Here’s some of what we have to offer.
For Entrepreneurs and Innovators
We’re busy lining up services to make it easier for entrepreneurs and startups to grow and become stable. This include regular events, training as well as services to make your lives easier. We’ll be updating our events page with more information and sharing events on our social channels.
While we’re busy working on new services, here is what we’ve got to offer so far:
Access to shared facilities:
10 Seater Boardroom
Conference room that can be configured differently for different events
High speed, low latency internet connectivity
Mobile Device Lab for testing as well as a creative space for project meetings
Our Openstack prototyping environment under construction
Our 3D printer for hardware prototyping has been ordered and is on it’s way
Access to business and technical support:
Business plan facilitation
Product and Business mentorship
Accounting and Admin services
Software Product Prototyping
For Corporates and Government
We believe that for our country to prosper, business and government need to work together. Often this is difficult and we hope to create an enabling environment encouraging open communication and collaboration to solve our nations problems and create new work opportunities through innovation and the development of a knowledge economy. Let’s work smart together.
Here’s some of the what we would like to offer larger organisations, but we’ll be working on growing the list to increase access and support where ever we can.
Problem solving and Ideation sessions
Project Management, allowing you to outsource work to SMMEs but have a single point of contact
Mentorship of technical staff and interns
Repurposing of decommissioned corporate ICT infrastructure
If there is something you need that’s not on the list, get in touch with us and we’ll see if we can help or point you to someone who can.