Whether it’s a fresh business idea or information needed for something specific to further develop a business, help is at hand in the form of the following resources to assist with either research for their ideas, or to get their business up and running:
. Make use of the City’s SmartCape facility, which provides free internet access in public libraries. This will enable entrepreneurs to conduct research and use online resources to develop their business ideas. Organisations such as the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) are available to assist.
. Consider studying business management at a local college for technical and vocational education and training, such as the College of Cape Town, False Bay College or Northlink College, for which full bursaries are available.
. Visit the NYDA office at Shop P18A, Golden Acre, 9 Adderley Street, Cape Town or contact them on 021 415 2040.
. Consider applying for Cape Town-based development programmes such as the Raymond Ackerman Academy, the Rainbow Academy or the Tsiba Academy.
. It is also possible to become a leading African entrepreneur by joining one of the African Leadership Academy’s programmes aimed at youth leaders and entrepreneurs from ages 15 to 22.
. Join the Entrepreneur Bootcamp and take part in a collection of nine free courses for entrepreneurs that are offered by South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs.
. The Stellenbosch University Business School runs the Small Business Academy that offers an intensive nine-month course that is targeted at small business owners from low-income communities in the greater Cape Town area.
Individuals who are ready with a business proposal can visit the City’s Business Hub for assistance to register their business.