SAB KickStart: 20 years of empowering entrepreneurs

Friday, September 11th, 2015

20 years of SAB KickStart2015 is a significant year. SAB not only celebrates 120 years of brewing South Africa’s best-loved beers, but also 20 years of SAB KickStart – an innovative and respected youth entrepreneurship development programme that has provided thousands of young people across the nation with life-changing opportunities.

SAB has been involved in empowerment programmes since the 1970s. KickStart is in some ways the culmination of the decades of learning, and is symbolic of SAB’s commitment to assist young business owners in making a meaningful contribution to society.

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While the programme initially focused on empowering unemployed youth with the skills and support to start their own micro-enterprises, as a tactic to alleviate poverty, the scope of KickStart has since grown and evolved.

Today KickStart has become a platform to stimulate sustainable enterprise development, empowering young entrepreneurs who have great ideas, but lack the funding or know-how to grow their business.

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The annual competition targets black youth between the ages of 18 and 35 and provides them with rigorous business skills training, mentorship, as well as loan and grant funding. After an extensive interview and selection process, 60 national semi-finalists join a robust business skills training bootcamp. 18 finalists are then chosen to take part in a business development support programme, culminating in an award ceremony to celebrate the Top 5 entrepreneurs who stand to win additional grant funding.

Find out more about how KickStart Boost works here.

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KickStart Ignite is a new initiative that sees SAB partnering with FET colleges to promote industrial innovation. The competition provides young designers, inventors and makers of pioneering products and services with an enabling environment to prototype and commercialise their ideas, offering the finalists training, mentorship and seed grant funding.

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Offering mentorship and loan funding, SAB KickStart Elevate intends to increase the operational capacity of expanding youth businesses, giving them the opportunity to grow in scale and the ability to deliver within large supply chains.

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Over the course of its 20 years, SAB KickStart has created a space for young entrepreneurs to realise their full potential, by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

SAB is encouraged by the creative young minds that are taking advantage of the opportunities that lie within South Africa’s core industries. The KickStart initiatives will continue to support youth-owned businesses, helping them evolve into sustainable high-impact suppliers.

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2015 is a significant year. SAB not only celebrates 120 years of brewing South Africa’s best-loved beers, but also 20 years of SAB KickStart – an innovative and respected youth entrepreneurship development programme that has provided thousands of young people across the nation with life-changing opportunities.

SAB has been involved in empowerment programmes since the 1970s. KickStart is in some ways the culmination of the decades of learning, and is symbolic of SAB’s commitment to assist young business owners in making a meaningful contribution to society.

1

While the programme initially focused on empowering unemployed youth with the skills and support to start their own micro-enterprises, as a tactic to alleviate poverty, the scope of KickStart has since grown and evolved.

Today KickStart has become a platform to stimulate sustainable enterprise development, empowering young entrepreneurs who have great ideas, but lack the funding or know-how to grow their business.

2

The annual competition targets black youth between the ages of 18 and 35 and provides them with rigorous business skills training, mentorship, as well as loan and grant funding. After an extensive interview and selection process, 60 national semi-finalists join a robust business skills training bootcamp. 18 finalists are then chosen to take part in a business development support programme, culminating in an award ceremony to celebrate the Top 5 entrepreneurs who stand to win additional grant funding.

Find out more about how KickStart Boost works here.

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KickStart Ignite is a new initiative that sees SAB partnering with FET colleges to promote industrial innovation. The competition provides young designers, inventors and makers of pioneering products and services with an enabling environment to prototype and commercialise their ideas, offering the finalists training, mentorship and seed grant funding.

2

Offering mentorship and loan funding, SAB KickStart Elevate intends to increase the operational capacity of expanding youth businesses, giving them the opportunity to grow in scale and the ability to deliver within large supply chains.

2

Over the course of its 20 years, SAB KickStart has created a space for young entrepreneurs to realise their full potential, by giving them the tools they need to succeed.

SAB is encouraged by the creative young minds that are taking advantage of the opportunities that lie within South Africa’s core industries. The KickStart initiatives will continue to support youth-owned businesses, helping them evolve into sustainable high-impact suppliers.

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