Entrepreneurship / ECDi Programme of Action

ECDi PROGRAMME OF ACTION

Demand-Side

Entrepreneurs, Emerging and Small Businesses

Supply-Side

Suppliers of Goods and Services to Entrepreneurs, Emerging and Small Businesses

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Online Ecosystem:

A single integrated and interactive online government portal for entrepreneurs and ecosystem practitioners that will enable automated matching of supply and demand. This portal seeks to integrate and maintain emerging, small and growing business data and information across existing government systems. Overtime this system will also integrate eTools, eLearning content and eServices – One Portal – One Database – One Virtual Incubator.

Skills Development

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

eTools and short-format modular eLearning content, aligned to the stages of a business life cycle specifically startup, growth and established, readily available on the online ecosystem. A business-to-business internship programme that renders services to emerging, small and growing businesses as clients under the supervision of a network of expert mentors and after simulated learning in disciplines such as human resources, labour relations, communication and brand management, sales and marketing, bookkeeping and accounting, business administration, project management, operations management.

Entrepreneurship Societies

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Societies

Online toolkits for establishing peer learning networks in schools, colleges, universities, workplaces and communities. These peer networks are organised by self-identified entrepreneurial champions and enable shared learning and problem solving, promoting early stage entrepreneurial activity. eTools and eLearning content will be readily available to society champions and members that register through the online ecosystem.

Business Incubation Villages

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Business Incubation Villages

Partnering with public entities and municipalities to establish business incubation sites. Offering subsidised business premises, shared services and business development services to resident startups and small businesses for one to three years in order to accelerate skills and business development. Providing shared services and business development services to visiting emerging, small and growing businesses.

Micro Entrepreneurship Programme

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Micro Entrepreneurship Programme

Viable business concepts for micro enterprises developed as businesses-in-a-box for easy and affordable implementation and replication in rural communities and townships. Offering technical know-how and step-by-step guidelines for starting up and growing a micro enterprise that generates products and services for which there is local demand. This is ideal for youth wanting to become self-employed and potentially employing others but not knowing where to start.

Research & Dialogue

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Research and Dialogue:

Communities of Practice, comprising of practitioners and policy makers, established as learning networks to exchange and shape best practice across various disciplines within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These learnings will influence the research agenda, investments in research and the use of findings shared through online repositories, seminars and conferences.

Monitoring And Evaluation

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Monitoring and Evaluation

A country-level scorecard and results framework that standardises and collects data and information at outcomes level. A programme-level scorecard and results framework that collects data and information at output level and integrates into the country-level scorecard. Routine measurement and monitoring is essential to enable continuous investment and improvement.

Business Advisory Services

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Business Advisory Services:

A set of standardised business advisory services products that provide applied learning and support to emerging, small and growing businesses in the form of advising, consulting, mentoring and coaching. Funding of these products will be promoted across all SETAs and economic sectors, similar to existing learning programmes. Establishing an online supply-side network of qualified business advisors will further enable automated matching of supply and demand, and the promotion of adequacy and quality of supply.

Business Development Services

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Business Development Services

A set of standardised business development services products that provide a package of business services, over and above business advisory services, to high-growth and high-potential in order to exponentially and rapidly increase their skills and business development, scale of production and revenue and job creation.

LEGEND:
Conducted Virtually
(On-line courses)
Physical Area Based
(Manual, physical training)