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

Marketplace

Lesedi La Bonana
Founder/s:
Lesedi Motaung

Health Tech

EMED Solutions
Founder/s:
Nkosingiphile Maseko, Ntombifuthi Motaung

Fintech

O & R Audit Firm
Founder/s:
Ndivhuwo Ndou

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Sunsync AI
Founder/s:
Nyasha Makura

Creative Tech

Sawubona Systems
Founder/s:
Fanelesibonge Mbuyazi

Software as a service (SaaS)

Bakwena Innovation Den
Founder/s:
Mpho Podile

Health Tech

Techmed Connect
Founder/s:
Khanyisa Faith Mokgolobotho, Rosemary Erawemen

Agri-tech

Chrysoprase Solutions
Founder/s:
Phemelo Mogane

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Here I Am
Founder/s:
Hlayisekani Mnisi

Geospatial Tech

Thomo Geospatial Solutions
Founder/s:
Boitumelo Thomo

Fintech

Cohesave
Founder/s:
Nomahlubi Hadebe

Cleantech

Ecohydro Innovations
Founder/s:
Kabaza Maluleka

Health Tech

Patchlet Accessories
Founder/s:
Mbhali Madonsela

Ed-Tech

Eduaisle Academy
Founder/s:
Tshepang Mucambe

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Ecotink
Founder/s:
Kamogelo Molope

Agri-tech

Ellies Hometown harvest
Founder/s:
Elihle Mbuqe

Health Tech

Central Connector
Founder/s:
Michelle Tyutu

Health Tech

Sizamini
Founder/s:
Nonkululeko Tlou

Green Tech

Waste Free World
Founder/s:
Diketso Motsetse

Ed-Tech

Reconote
Founder/s:
Mbali Skhosana

Internet Of Things (IOT)

Pulane Eminent Connections
Founder/s:
Reabetswe Morobe

HR-Tech

Shift Savior
Founder/s:
Mikaela McRowdie, Anna Mupariwa

Ed-Tech

Smart Atheneum
Founder/s:
Innocentia Molema

Ed-Tech

MNSA [My Next Step App]
Founder/s:
Nokulunga Khumalo

Beauty Tech

The Glow Plug
Founder/s:
Fatima Pooe

Marketplace

Yakhuphumelele
Founder/s:
Phumelele Peter

Health Tech

Epicare Virtual
Founder/s:
Phakamani Tshabangu

Ed-Tech

Tlou Systems
Founder/s:
Nothando Tlou

Agri-tech

Chopos Tech
Founder/s:
Nancy Chopo

Internet Of Things (IOT)

GiftEng
Founder/s:
Gift Ntimani

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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.