The Spark Accelerator Program is a powerful opportunity for passionate impact entrepreneurs in South Africa who are at the early stages of building businesses and organizations that exist to change South Africans.
The Spark* Accelerator is an experience that many of the entrepreneurs refer to as ‘life-changing’. Your startup will become super focused, you will be better equipped to change the lives of people living in poverty, your business model will be way stronger, you will be a better entrepreneur, you will be better at raising cash, making deals and getting impact.
If you are successful in your application you:
- Attend the Spark Accelerator: an intensive five days live-in workshop in Johannesburg where you join a small group of Spark entrepreneurs and access world class entrepreneurship training designed to help you focus your business and accelerate the growth of your venture.
- Access the Spark Support Network: beyond the accelerator you receive ongoing training and support from Spark and you are connected with experts and professionals who can help you as you launch and grow your business. Specifically, Spark accelerator program provides you with 12 months of access to graphics designers, website creators, mentors, coaches, research assistants, lawyers, and accountants (all super helpful for your venture). Your venture also has the opportunity to continually apply for small grants (up to R10,000) to help you overcome barriers and test ideas to grow the impact or sustainability of your venture.
- Access Growth Support & Connections: The best Spark* entrepreneurs move into growth, where we provide larger amounts of support to help you grow a model that have proven in the startup phase. At this level you can access larger grants of $25,000 Australian dollars, are connected directly to our investor partners and our team work closely with you to strategise specific approaches that will help you dramatically increase your impact and sustainability. Approximately one in every 25 Spark* entrepreneurs gets through to this stage, so it is very competitive.
Application Deadline: March 4, 2018