The SGB Sector in 2017

Capacity Development: South Africa

BDSPs in South Africa tend to be sector agnostic and provide multiple services

ANDE’s South Africa Ecosystem Map identified 142 capacity development providers, or BDSPs as they are more commonly called in South Africa. Over 80 percent of these organizations are locally based as opposed to internationally headquartered, and they are fairly evenly split between for-profit and non-profit programs. According to data from the Search Inclusive Business directory, technical support providers tend to be sector agnostic and offer multiple BDS services.

Accelerators and Incubators are funded through a variety of sources, and most are donor funded

In order to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017. One key finding from these meetings was that funding sources appear to influence program design and services. For example, a funder may need to spend their budget within a given financial year, which may not align with a program duration that best serves the entrepreneur.