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The South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator (Sarebi), focused on businesses in the renewable energy sector has launched the Capacity Development Workshop to support green SMMEs.

The business incubator explained that the recent developments around the COVID-19 pandemic have necessitated a shift to online services, as such the organisation is now offering the full Capacity Development Workshop Series via a Google Classroom platform.

Sarebi will be partnering with Enlit Africa, formally known as African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, through its Initiate movement to empower the next generation of energy entrepreneurs.

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Initiate Launched as part of Clarion Energy’s European Utility Week, the Initiate! platform has been bringing together start-ups, students, corporate executives, public sector innovators and investors from around the world since 2014. The concept is now global as part of the Enlit event series in Asia, the US, Australia, Africa and potentially India.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem

Graduates from the Sarebi Capacity Development Workshop series will be given the opportunity to highlight and present their business offerings to a network of existing, mature enterprisers and potential investors. This is in support of the all-important entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Capacity Development Workshop Series is focused on pre-revenue or aspirant entrepreneurs and consists of three modules presented online in a small group, peer-learning workshop format. The programme has been designed to allow participants to develop their business model with a specific focus on the value proposition, business case and business model.

Sarebi explains: “A lot of focus is placed on the importance of scalable dynamic business models instead of developing stodgy business plans for the purpose of funding. It is our experience that one of the major contributors to early-stage business failure is poorly conceived business ideas with little long term sustainability. For this reason, the workshops encourage aspirant entrepreneurs to move out of the solution space and into the problem space.”

The outcomes of this programme are, amongst others:

  • Entrepreneurs with a solid understanding of what they are letting themselves in for:
  • An improved level of business skills;
  • A clear understanding of their value proposition:
  • A clear understanding of the feasibility of their business idea; and
  • A solid grasp of the moving parts of a business model.

The full workshop series has three modules, which run sequentially and each module has six sessions lead by an experienced business mentor. Participants are expected to dedicate time to thoroughly complete all assignments and each module culminates in a final pitching session, the gateway to the next module in the series.

Thanks to the generous support provided by the City of Cape Town, the cost of the Capacity Development Workshop Series is subsidised and requires a minor commitment fee from each applicant, paid in full before the series commences.

“We need to get our local economy back on its feet as fast as possible, but also build a stronger, more resilient economy for generations to come. This is why the City of Cape Town, through its Enterprise and Investment Department, invests in skills training in sectors that are poised for significant future growth, like green-tech,” said the City’s Mayoral committee member for economic opportunities and asset management, Alderman James Vos.

To reserve your seat on this programme, you will have to complete an application form.

Applications will close on 14 March 2021 at 23:00 SAST.

Further information is available from lizelle@sarebi.co.za