Launch of Igalelo incubator’s third intake in Mitchell’s Plain.
On Friday 13 October 2017, NPO Igalelo launched its startup incubation programme’s third intake at the Alliance Française in Mitchell’s Plain.
With the support of the French Embassy in South Africa, Igalelo, a French/South-African NPO dedicated to the development of social and sustainable entrepreneurship, celebrated the launch of its third intake of entrepreneurs.
Since 2015, Igalelo has supported green and social entrepreneurs through an early-stage enterprise incubation programme. By setting up and developing their own businesses, the programme’s beneficiaries - most of whom originate from some of the country’s poorest areas - find a new reason to believe in a brighter future despite a faltering employment market and gloomy economic outlooks. Over the 12 months of the programme, Igalelo’s teams provide aspiring entrepreneurs with tailor-made follow-up as well as numerous networking opportunities, connecting them to their network of mentors, funders and potential partners. The programme specifically focuses on strengthening the beneficiaries’ “soft skills”, teaching them useful skills for a professional environment and how to use essential business tools, such as spreadsheets and emails.
Igalelo – or « Impact » in Zulu – is part of INCO, a global consortium founded in 2010 by French entrepreneur Nicolas Hazard. He is one of the pioneers of social entrepreneurship and impact investing in Europe. Across more than 20 countries, INCO’s teams support, inspire and bring together entrepreneurs who find innovative solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s most pressing challenges.
This year, three of the previous edition’s entrepreneurs pitched their projects in front of Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E Mr. Christophe Farnaud, the Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr. Laurent Amar and City of Cape Town Councillor, Mr. Eddie Andrews.
Bongani Ngwenya is the cofounder of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, a tourism organisation that trains and works with families and artists from local communities. The aim is to offer an authentic South African art experience.
Renshia Manuel is the founder and director of Growbox,a NGO aiming to take basic nutrition to the people who need it the most, while fostering the development of sustainable and eco-friendly practices thanks to portable Growboxes.
Wendy Somlavi founded Wheely in a Wheelie with the ambition to help South African households sort their waste in a more sustainable way. The Wheely in a Wheelie is a bag made out of recycled billboards, allowing users to easily sort their organic waste from paper, glass and cans.
This new edition of Igalelo is made up of 18 new entrepreneurs:
Vuyani Ngantweni / Waste collection
Andile Ndikandika / Drumming Center
Thandokazi Ntshinga / Uluthi design Waste Upcycling
Imanuel Thulani Sigonya / Eco-boost Project
Anathi Mncono /Smart Suitcase
Ntomboxolo Fotoyi / Micro-credit
Sibabalo Tyasi / Trending3dot
Mthunzi Qagana / Coding Workshops
Zimele Vezi / Delivery app
Phathutshedzo Mundalamo / Water Training
Lacky Wanana /Lula Books company
Charles Tshwane / Internet Cafe
Silindile Mncube / Speaking Skills
Sikhulele Nkomphela / Photo Studio
Malibongwe Dyasi / Place Of Knowledge
Yandisa Citwa / The Hospital App
Zakhele Daweti / Fire Alarms For All
Yolanda Mantashe /Organic tea and coffee