ideation incubator
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incubating female students with tech ideas!

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about the program

Our Ideation Incubator is a unique program developed by I'M IN to empower women in underserved areas to turn their innovative ideas into fully-fledged tech-enabled businesses.

Targeting students at universities and colleges in lower LSM areas where there is a lack of entrepreneurial skills development and support structures, this feeder program aims to bridge the gap and provide the necessary resources and guidance for women to realize their entrepreneurial dreams!

The Ideation Incubator is a three-month program designed specifically for female students in the following select tertiary institutions in Gauteng: (University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, and the Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Wethinkcode and Girl Code).  

We have carefully selected 7 institutions for our pilot program, based on their proximity to township-located campuses, ensuring that the solutions developed by our student entrepreneurs are relevant to their communities and can make a meaningful impact.

After over 220+ Applications 35 students have been chosen to participate in the programme and launch their 30 startups.

IN PROGRESS

Meet the Top 30 Startups - Cohort 1

Pulane Eminent Connections

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Founder/s:
Reabetswe Morobe
Sunsync AI

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Founder/s:
Nyasha Makura
Central Connector

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Michelle Tyutu
EMED Solutions

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Nkosingiphile Maseko, Ntombifuthi Motaung
The Glow Plug

Beauty Tech

Founder/s:
Fatima Pooe
Ecotink

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Founder/s:
Kamogelo Molope
Smart Atheneum

Ed-Tech

Founder/s:
Innocentia Molema
Bakwena Innovation Den

Software as a service (SaaS)

Founder/s:
Mpho Podile
Chrysoprase Solutions

Agri-tech

Founder/s:
Phemelo Mogane
Lesedi La Bonana

Marketplace

Founder/s:
Lesedi Motaung
Tlou Systems

Ed-Tech

Founder/s:
Nothando Tlou
Thomo Geospatial Solutions

Geospatial Tech

Founder/s:
Boitumelo Thomo
Eduaisle Academy

Ed-Tech

Founder/s:
Tshepang Mucambe
Here I Am

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Founder/s:
Hlayisekani Mnisi
MNSA [My Next Step App]

Ed-Tech

Founder/s:
Nokulunga Khumalo
Cohesave

Fintech

Founder/s:
Nomahlubi Hadebe
Sizamini

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Nonkululeko Tlou
Ecohydro Innovations

Cleantech

Founder/s:
Kabaza Maluleka
Chopos Tech

Agri-tech

Founder/s:
Nancy Chopo
Reconote

Ed-Tech

Founder/s:
Mbali Skhosana
O & R Audit Firm

Fintech

Founder/s:
Ndivhuwo Ndou
Techmed Connect

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Khanyisa Faith Mokgolobotho, Rosemary Erawemen
Waste Free World

Green Tech

Founder/s:
Diketso Motsetse
Epicare Virtual

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Phakamani Tshabangu
GiftEng

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Founder/s:
Gift Ntimani
Yakhuphumelele

Marketplace

Founder/s:
Phumelele Peter
Ellies Hometown harvest

Agri-tech

Founder/s:
Elihle Mbugi
Sawubona Systems

Creative Tech

Founder/s:
Fanelesibonge Mbuyazi
Patchlet Accessories

Health Tech

Founder/s:
Mbhali Madonsela
Shift Savior

HR-Tech

Founder/s:
Mikaela McRowdie, Anna Mupariwa

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As Programme Lead at t, I’M IN Entrepreneurial Programme, I have observed that the lack of investment readiness among black South African technology start-ups, especially those owned by women, remains a significant challenge for them to attract capital. That’s why we courage female students from underserved institutions to participate in our Ideation Programme, where we offer tools and support to refine their ideas, validate their business models, and equip them with skills they need to succeed. Through this programme, underserved students can increase their chances of success and minimize the risk of failure"

palesa tabai

programme lead

WHY STUDENTS?


We believe that university students have a higher adoption rate for technology and a willingness to learn, making them ideal candidates for our program. Moreover, many of our student entrepreneurs live in the areas where the solutions are needed the most, giving them a unique perspective and motivation to create meaningful solutions for their communities.

Additionally, women tend to excel at the tertiary level at a higher rate than men, but societal pressures often prevent them from immediately entering entrepreneurship. Our Ideation Incubator aims to break down those barriers and provide the support needed to empower women to become successful entrepreneurs.

“Business ownership is an important avenue for wealth building across the world, yet equitable access to critical resources needed for business to grow and scale is limited. J.P. Morgan is pleased to be supporting I’M IN’s Ideation Incubator Programme to help advance access to mentorship, capital, and other supportive resources to help close this gap for underserved female entrepreneurs in South Africa”

Kevin Latter,

Senior Country Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa at J.P. Morgan

Over 3 months, participants will receive:

The Ideation Incubator offers a range of benefits to selected participants, including:

- Business Skills Training: Our program provides comprehensive training in essential business skills to equip participants with the knowledge and tools to develop their ideas into viable businesses.

- Inspire Webinars: We organize inspiring webinars featuring successful entrepreneurs, industry experts, and thought leaders to motivate and guide participants on their entrepreneurial journey.

- Equity-Free Investment of R50,000: Participants in our Ideation Incubator will receive an equity-free investment to support their business development. This includes a participation stipend, a laptop, data investment, and website & digital presence support.

- Ecosystem Access: Participants will gain access to our broader entrepreneurship ecosystem, including networking opportunities, mentorship, and support from our extensive network of industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Participants will exit with a completed business model canvas, an investor-ready business concept, and a strong pitch deck. Their investment readiness will measure our success, the level of knowledge and skills transfer we enable, and how many more female entrepreneurs we are able to introduce to the startup ecosystem. Participants will also be in a preferential position to enter more intermediate I’M IN programmes, like our women-only Pre-Accelerator Programme.