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Vision Statement

The Rapid Technology Incubator is a world class business support centre for small business incubation, business support programmes and entrepreneurship education and training that supports accelerated development of globally competitive enterprises.

Mission Statement

We provide innovative business incubation and development support services, in partnership with key government and funding agencies through technology-based platforms to accelerate the growth of globally competitive enterprises.

The mission of the CFE is to:

  • Inspire young College graduates to become entrepreneurs
  • Inculcate entrepreneurial thinking in the College
  • Support existing small businesses in defined communities

Values of the Centre

  • Hope
  • Nurture
  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation

PARTNERS

Thanks to our partners who assist in making this all possible

SEDA/DSBD

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development. Seda was established in December 2004, through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004.

It is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy; design and implement a standard and common national delivery network for small enterprise development; and integrate government-funded small enterprise support agencies across all tiers of government.

Seda’s mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises throughout the country, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co–ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.

DHET

Our vision is of a South Africa in which we have a differentiated and fully-inclusive post-school system that allows South Africans to access relevant post-school education and training, in order to fulfil the economic and social goals of participation in an inclusive economy and society.

It is the mission of the Department of Higher Education and Training to develop capable, well-educated and skilled citizens who are able to compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy, which meets the development goals of our country.

The Department will undertake this mission by reducing the skills bottlenecks, especially in priority and scarce skills areas, improving low participation rates in the post-school system , correcting distributions in the shape, size and distribution of access to post-school education and training and improving the quality and efficiency in the system, its sub-systems and institutions.

Rotary International:   District 9350 Western Cape/ Northern Cape, Namibia and Angola   

Area of partnership focus: Mentoring support for CfE /RI start-up and existing entrepreneurs. Mentorship of young entrepreneurs using the business skills and networks of Rotarians of all ages and skills.

Rotary and FBC CfE/RI are aligned in  working together on economic development in SA through entrepreneurship and education and development  through the concept of working in partnerships to avoid duplication and ensure maximization of skills and services. Rotary is further aligned with CFE regarding economic & community development as it is also one of 6 focus areas of Rotary International.

GROWTHWHEEL

GrowthWheel is a tool for decision-making in start-up and growth companies.  It helps entrepreneurs and advisers get focus, set agenda, and take next steps. Growth Wheel, a visual toolkit, assists both new and existing entrepreneurs by building their businesses through a simple action-oriented process, determining which areas require their immediate focus. GrowthWheel is outcome oriented: Make Decisions, Take Action. Find out more about GrowthWheel

COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

Thanks to our partners who assist in making this all possible

The CFE/RI recognises the vital need to be partnered with Corporate Business as a strategic imperative.

Such partnerships are actively sought so that value may be added to the services and beneficiaries of the program.

Four benefits accrue because of such partnerships:-

  • Relevance and integration into the business arena within the Western Cape
  • An exchange of value in assisting within the Enterprise Development space and Corporates transformation. Partners may benefit by up to 45 points on their BBBEE score cards
  • Supplier development-Both beneficiaries and Corporates may benefit in building a supplier/business relationship
  • An exchange of non- financial value adding services

The CFE/RI is proudly associated with the following businesses and organisations:-

De Beers Marine

Elcarbo

Ekamant

Future Managers

Serina Trading

Rotary International

MECAD

SOZA foundation

Chrysalis Academy

STRUCTURES

Governance and Leadership Structures

Governance

The CfE is a joint partnership between the DHET and the DSBD. SEDA, an agency of the DSBD, is responsible for providing direction for the Rapid Incubation project. The CfE also reports through SEDA to the DSBD

On a local level, an Advisory committee meets quarterly to advise and help optimise the functioning of the centre. The Advisory Committee is accountable through the Academic board to the College Council.

Team

The programme team: Steve Reid the Centre Director and Abraham Oliver the Programme Manager of the CfE have collectively more than 40 years extensive experience in SMME development, coaching, mentoring and facilitation (see attachment). Their existing network linkages with corporates and development agencies will assist with market access opportunities for SMMEs in the form of pre-approved supply chain contracts and business development opportunities.

Steve Reid

Steve Reid is the Director for The Centre of Entrepreneurship, False Bay TVET College.  The essence of the Centre is to inspire young College graduates to become entrepreneurs; to inculcate entrepreneurial thinking in the College and to support existing small businesses in defined communities. Previously he was the Incubator Manager for Raizcorp in Port Elizabeth. Raizcorp is the only privately funded, profitable incubator model in Africa. In his earlier career he ran his own Business Coaching Business and led a variety of Community Service organisations.

Abraham Oliver

Abraham Oliver is an academic entrepreneur and passionate about exploring a mentoring framework for TVET incubators. Abe completed his Masters in Development Studies at UWC exploring a “Social Entrepreneurship & Service Learning Approach” to develop community small businesses. Abe is an experienced and professional SME practitioner both in the art and science of entrepreneurship. His experience spans over more than 20 years both in academia and business development support services. Abe is currently the Program Manager and Business Development Officer for the Rapid Incubator & Centre of Entrepreneurship, False Bay TVET College.

Ncebakazi Mathanzima

Ncebakazi Mathanzima, is a Technical Manager for the Center for Entrepreneurship, with the focus of running and managing the Rapid incubator which consist of the Furniture Making and Engineering mini Factories. Supporting the entrepreneurs in product development and production needs and resources. She comes from a CNC Programming and Manufacturing background and a large focus of her work has been in Engineering Design.

Yondi Titi

Yondi Titi is the Administrator of the Centre for Entrepreneurship/Rapid Incubator, she works closely with potential and existing entrepreneurs, initial contact and helps manage the more routine administration tasks within the department. Yondi is a Business Management False Bay College graduate.

FACILITATOR PROFILES

MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL FACILITATORS

Abe Oliver Program Manager