Planting the Seeds of Entrepreneurial Growth and Job Creation
Seeds of Africa is a community upliftment intervention, aimed at driving skills, enterprise and supplier development as well as socio-economic development.
The Seeds of Change Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme is an intervention aimed at growing sustainable businesses that seed new economic activity, create job opportunities and generate long-term value, resulting in local economic growth. This is achieved through a vigorous search and selection process, aligning the entrepreneur with one of the three stages of our programme; Incubation, Consolidation or Acceleration. Each stage is specific to the entrepreneur’s development needs. Our programme focusses on providing effective and impactful business skills training, mentorship & coaching and access to business services, markets and interest free seed capital. The ultimate goal of our programme is to unlock shared value creating a win-win solution for our BBBEE Donors as well as for the Entrepreneurial Partner Businesses linking them into Supplier Chain Networks
Find out more about our Seeds of Change Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme.
We also play a major role in uplifting communities by supporting a growing number of early childhood development centres with Teacher Training and access to resources. Find out more about our socio-economic development work through our Adopt-a-Creche Programme.
Seeds of Africa is housed at the Umnotho Empowerment Village, Muldersdrift which serves as a base for both the skills development centre and the various small business start-ups that have benefitted from our initiative. We’re a small team of seven staff, several of whom are drawn from the communities we work in, supported and advised by our board of directors.
We’re a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) so any donors are eligible to receive Section 18A Certificates to claim a reduction from corporate taxable income.
The nature of Seeds of Africa and it’s associated businesses places us in a unique position to support the country’s transformation objectives through being a community upliftment, job creation, full-service incubation facility which supports small, black-owned enterprises. As it is fully verified in its Enterprise; Supplier Development (ESD) and Socio-Economic Development (SED) status, any investment in these entities can be recognised within an investors BEE scorecard.
Each of our associated businesses is also BEE verified and fully independent, each functioning as a small business adding value as a supplier by offering products and services.