Building capacity, relationships, and mobilising dynamic leaders to take action on sustainable development in Africa

Africa requires a new breed of leaders from business, the public sector, and civil society who are willing to COLLABORATE to address Africa’s systematic challenges.

ATTANE Annual Forum, is the premier gathering of thought leaders from various sectors who subscribe to the principles of a new economy, and are seeking for opportunities to take action. Through the Forum, ATTANE connects and empowers leaders and entrepreneurs and creates a space for engagment, sharing and co-creation.

We implement high impact interventions through the New Economy Accelerator (NEA), New Economy Ventures, and the New Economy Fellowship.

NEA Programme

An investment readiness programme for social and green entrepreneurs

NEA is a platform to accelerate high-impact innovative enterprises. We work with entrepreneurs who have the vision, boldness and integrity to bring about change. This is achieved through business models that subscribe to new economy principles

Through a carefully designed programme we develop, support, train and accelerate promising initiatives with the power to effect real change. The type of support each venture receives is bespoke to the needs of the initiative and actor.

A business coach facilitates and mentors the group and individuals throughout, and prepares them for a final showcase during which partners and investors are invited to take the business to the next level.

TRAINING MODULES

The acceleration programme consists of six training modules, facilitated by entrepreneurship experts and leading industry professionals on following topics: new economy principles, impact investing & measurement, financial modelling, sales & marketing, value chain, growth & sustainability.

PUBLIC DIALOGUES

Concurrently to the modules, NEA hosts a series of public dialogues, where we share insights with the public and give an opportunity to engage with the cohort, and for them to practice and apply newly learning tools. Themes were on food security, role of cities in a new economy, impact investing, climate change and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Check out our past events here.

PEER LEARNING

The cohort of entrepreneurs work closely together, and in the process challenge each other and grow together. The programme is designed for cross-pollination and collaboration and uses group, individual and digital learning as well as creative methods to enable a growth process for both the entrepreneurs and their ventures.

Meet the entrepreneurs and their ventures here.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants are carefully selected based on their potential for growth and impact, as well as the quality of concept and the level of sustainable and new economy principles it integrates.

To apply for our next NEA programme starting in September 2016, keep an eye out for this site. The call will go out in July 2016.

NEA Entrepreneurs

Phenyo-Nkoi

Phenyo-Nkoi

Akwande Farm

Akwande Farm (a business idea at this stage) will be a project built around highly successful business and development training of skilled and semi-skilled staff in the hydroponics, livestock farming, dairy farming, aquaponics farming, food processing, alternative energy (bio energy) production. The project’s aim is to carry out intensive and high turnover production, off a small area, while providing work and leadership experience for locals. The business venture is not yet operational.

Michael Mokime

Michael Mokime

Bolimi Bokamoso

Offers training and mentorship to emerging farmers. Also, sells agricultural products to farmers. Some aspects of the business are operational. The owner of the business previously worked in the agricultural sector.

Tshepang Peme

Tshepang Peme

DigiTicket SA

Digiticket is an online ticketing solution which caters for internet and transactional solutions such as tickets for events, restaurant meal tickets, accommodation, travel, voucher coupons, and membership card access coupons. The app is also used to market and book for events. The company began trading in January 2016.

David Mentor

David Mentor

Gamagara Cape Solar

Gamagara Cape Solar is a renewable energy company that specializes in the installation of renewable energy products like street solar lights, water heaters and invertors among others. They are also seeking to promote energy access for numerous communities that lack access to the main grid in rural areas of South Africa

Moatlhodi Majeng

Moatlhodi Majeng

Kalahari Fire

The company organises family-oriented and alcohol-free outdoor events. Products on offer include go-karting, paintball, obstacle courses and quad biking.

Kealoboga Hoti

Kealoboga Hoti

Lamo Fuel Primary Cooperative

The company produces biofuel from sunflower oil seeds. Has already developed prototypes. The owner is a biochemist. The venture is not yet operational.

Mthuthuzeli Julius Bozwana

Mthuthuzeli Julius Bozwana

Mthura Resources

The company that promotes nutrition and income generation in rural areas through poultry farming. Their main products are locally and ethically produced eggs and chicken supplied to communities in its area of operations.

Bontle Sebesho

Bontle Sebesho

Nutrifounder Consultants

The business is focused on educating the community about nutrition, with a special focus on schools. It also consults to private clients.

Mpho Cornelius

Mpho Cornelius

Tebatso African Eco Spa

A sanctuary rooted in the use of authentic African methods and rituals to achieve healing and wellbeing, with the use of locally-sourced natural products. The spa also offers local cultural tours and the whole sanctuary is based on an African philosophy that the body, mind and spirit are one.

Thebe Ntehelang

Thebe Ntehelang

Thebe-Ya-Setshaba Investment Holdings

The business is a waste management centre. Operations include the storage and re-purposing of tyres.

Tshepiso Morometsi

Tshepiso Morometsi

Roots Accommodation

The enterprise plans to provide rental accommodation for students using reusable shipping containers. The target market is the local TVET collage in Kuruman, which draws students from neighbouring towns. The venture is not yet operational.

NEA Entrepreneurs 2015/16

Arnaud Blanchet

Arnaud Blanchet

Last Mile for BoP are the creators of an Android App that serves as a technological link designed to improve the management and trading system between spaza shop retailers, wholesalers, local transporters and manufacturers. The app’s design enables improved access to a wider and more affordable product range to spaza shop retailers. App-users can manage their stock, place orders, transfer payment through a cashless feature and organize stock-delivery logistics all within the palm of their hands.

Chris Whyte

Chris Whyte

USE-IT is an NGO that has developed a local green construction methodology that uses waste soils and construction rubble to create construction materials for building green, sustainable housing. USE-IT’s housing construction materials are more cost-effective than conventional building products, are water efficient, bullet and insect-proof, earthquake resistant, and thermal efficient. The NGO provides an opportunity and solution for waste diversion from landfill as well as addressing issues related to unemployment, lack of skills and housing backlogs.

Dee Cranswick

Dee Cranswick

Let’s Go Trade™ is an accelerated business-skills development programme for South African youth. The 11-month training programme is designed: to equip post-matriculants with practical business skills and knowledge; and to prepare their own business development in terms of the pressures and expectations involved throughout the processes. Let’s Go Trade™ is a programme that offers trainees a national qualification. The programme also serves as a platform showcasing the products and talent of handcrafters on a global stage via e-commerce mechanisms.

Edward Bvunzawabaya

Edward Bvunzawabaya

Khona Café is a smart Internet Café and ‘Business in a Box’ that retrofits and equips shipping containers with recycled and redundant computer equipment providing previously disadvantaged communities with access to technology and Internet services. Khona Café offers users business, financial and technical support and training as a means of empowerment and gateway for aspiring entrepreneurs through improved and affordable access to technology.

Emile Fourie

Emile Fourie

Y-Waste is a food waste management company that diverts organic waste from landfill, collects organic waste from hotels, distribution centres and stores, and converts it into organic compost for resale. Using the technique of worm farming, or Bokashi composting, Y-Waste offers the recycling and composting solution as an on-site service to clients. The company addresses the challenges of limited landfill capacity and in the process has created employment, produced a nutritious compost to grow healthy crops, and encourages recycling of organic waste.

Gabriel Ally

Gabriel Ally

Geza Jozi is a social enterprise that offers a cargo tricycle to waste pickers in the Johannesburg CBD. The GezaJozi Trike offers waste pickers a safer technological mechanism for waste collection and the opportunity to increase their monthly income through the large container capacity of 120kg for recyclable waste collection. The GezaJozi Trike enables an effective solution to the challenges experienced by city waste pickers that is both environmentally and socially conscious.

Glenda Pieters

Glenda Pieters

Naturally Good are suppliers of natural and environmentally-friendly commercial and industrial cleaning and personal care products. With an aim to protect the environment and improve quality of lives, Naturally Good products have been formulated with both an environmental and social conscious. The products offer a sustainable, eco-friendly solution to the dangers impacting on our natural environments and health associated with use of cleaning products containing harmful chemicals.

Jabulani Dlamini

Jabulani Dlamini

Sidingulwazi Holdings is a co-operative that identifies open spaces used as illegal dumping sites and together with community members, rehabilitates the sites in order to plant and grow vegetables. Community members are enabled with access to food from the gardens and the surplus is used to generate an additional income. Through waste management and rehabilitating of illegal dumping sites, Sindingulwazi extracts the recyclable waste and sells it to generate additional revenue whilst eradicating the culture of illegal dumping.

Nonhlanhla Joye

Nonhlanhla Joye

Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute is a fresh produce project based in KwaZulu-Natal that uses an innovative mechanism of cultivating vegetables using recycled plastic bags suspended on a supportive wooden structure. Through Umgibe, inaccessible fresh produce growers are given market access and a platform to trade on a weekly basis. Characterized by carbon-saving and ecological-organic qualities, Umgibe promotes regional food security, healthy diets, and income generation through growing food.

Zuka Yethu

Zuka Yethu

Zuka is a project that uses methods of vermi-composting and biotechnology to convert garden, fruit and vegetable waste into a two-in-one liquid organic compost and pest repellent formula known as Zuka liquid compost. The project also harvests Red Wriggler worms and processes the excrement into a package that is sold as organic fertilizer. Zuka addresses Socio-economic challenges such as unemployment, food insecurity and provides affordable alternative waste management solutions that reduce air, ground and water pollution.

NEA Fellowship

ATTANE is set to launch a New Economy Fellowship which targets highly influential leaders in all sectors of society, including media, business, civil society and government. The goal of the Fellowship is to build capacity of influential leaders in society to become ambassadors of the new economy, to tap into global discourses and decision-making, and to help mainstream its discourse in our current economic setup.

The fellowship will run over a period of 2 years, with fellows coming from all over Africa to meet three times per year to deliberate on a specific new economy issue. This will take place in a Solutions Lab, and fellows will return to their stations to prototype solutions. The solutions generated will be shared at an Annual Gathering of new economy practitioners from the continent. Participation in the fellowship programme will be by nomination only.

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