department/unit: Incubation for Growth SA
services: Mentoring/Coaching Entrepreneurship Training Team formation Market research Business model and strategy development Business canvas creation Implementing the plan designed during the first period Product/Service development Market test your product/service in order to get customers' feedback Access to funding opportunities either from i4G or other sources (VCs, angels, EU funding) Networking
previous experience: Startify7 was a two-year Horizon 2020 project which started in 2015. The core challenge for STARTIFY7 was to connect with existing ICT enterprise training structures through our 7 thematic learning academies which would combine lean start-up training with team-building for young people. It did this through: - Creating a European wide system of Summer Academies for university and final year high school students entirely focused on ICT entrepreneurship. - Organising action oriented summer academies by including activities such as ICT and entrepreneurial skills development; experimenting, mentoring; support for business planning and setting up a company; matchmaking; generation and development of ICT-related business ideas. - Complementing, extending and enriching similar existing actions while focusing on the ICT sector and excellence. - Increasing practical entrepreneurial skills amongst students that will allow them to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations, to start and grow a business.