Innovation Start-up Support Programme 2024
Applications now open!



Create momentum for, and drive projects and programs in the city that innovatively tackle social, system and structure issues that hinder growth and perpetuate poverty.


Collaborate with, and connect, stakeholders from all spheres, to work together to 'disrupt’ thinking, and practice and create new opportunities for active participation by all in growth and renewal.


Connect those in need with real opportunity, by providing practical tools, training, access to resources and support for self-improvement, business start ups and community-building and upliftment.


Celebrate the city of Durban, promote all that it has done, and will do, for its citizens, to attract, retain and support the business and investors needed to underpin growth and development.

support program

The Start-up Support Programme is a 12-month accelerated mentorship programme providing business and technical skills in the early stage innovation. The programme is aimed at supporting Local Economic Development focused innovators and start-ups grow and propel their innovations and business forward.

What is Innovation?

Innovation can be defined simply as a “new idea, device, or method”. However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, needs, or existing market needs. The term “innovation” can be defined as something original and more effective.

  • Embark on a Journey of Design Thinking and Concept Validation expertise.
  • Access to workshops tailored to your start-up
  • Develop a robust Business Model Canvas
  • Navigate the business landscape with Business Registration support.
  • Get Prototype Design and Development support
  • Master the art of pitching your idea/business and craft the investor-ready Pitch Deck.
  • Receive wisdom from Industry experts through personalized mentorship.
  • Showcase your innovation and gain recognition through our platforms and networks.
  • Unlock Market Access and Networking Opportunities for your start-up growth.

Who Should Apply?

·      Must be a South African Citizen

·      Must be 18 years or older

·      Must reside in Kwazulu Natal

·      Innovations in early or pre-prototype stage

·    Innovations addressing local economic challenges

·      Must be willing to commit to the program’s training, assignments and mentor sessions

·      People living with Disabilities and Female Innovators are Encouraged

Commitment Fee: A commitment fee of R1000 upon acceptance into the program.


Innovation Co-Lab Open day: 15 – 16 February 2024

Application Deadlines: 26 February 2024, midnight

Acceptance Notifications: 1 March 2024

Onboarding Day and Start of Programme: 11 March 2024

How to apply?

Complete the application form by clicking on button below.
Applications close 26 February 2024, midnight