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Information on Technology Business Incubation 

Incubation is commonly used in Chicken farming or in Hospital where favourable conditions are created for eggs to hatch and grow in a controlled environment, and in hospitals where special care and environment is created for premature babies to grow. 

This concept is used in business development, where Ideas, startups are incubated from initiation stage to a stage where businesses can thrive on their own. Business Incubators offer Business Support services such as Bespoke business management training, Coaching and Mentoring, Linking Business to Markets and to Finance opportunities, and offering equipment and space for businesses to operate until they reach sustainability. 

Offering to: 

 Start ups 

 Scale ups

 Growth Businesses

CFERI Technical Resources 

The CFERI has infrastructure, Facilities, Equipment and Tools that entrepreneurs can use to design and make their products or prototypes. This is also backed up with product development, technical support and coaching. This facility helps businesses in technical sectors and in manufacturing to build attractive products and build traction in their businesses.

Technology Resources consist of the following verticals:

Furniture and Metal Fabrication Mini Factory: with Tools, Welding, Milling and Turning Equipment. 

Maker Space: Computers with engineering and general design software, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting and Vinyl Cutting Equipment. 

Coding Lab: consisting of a 10-Seater Computer Lab for the Benefit of entrepreneurs in ICT, Digital, Design Industries.

Drone Accelerator Facility:  fitted with High performance 3D Printers, Milling and Electronics for entrepreneurs who venture in the drone operation, maintenance and manufacturing space. 

Technology Business Incubation offering

The Technology Incubation program came as a result of SEDAT&DEDAT funding received to add technology to our offering. This funding required the CFERI to add a Coding Lab, a Drone Accelerator Facility and a Program with upskilling interventions suitable for the success of businesses in the Technology and Manufacturing Sector.  This is an 18 months pilot program designed for entrepreneurs with existing education, experience, ideas and existing business that fall under IT, Drone Sector, Electrical/ Robotics Sector and Generic advanced manufacturing. 

The program consists of 3 Key interventions: 

1. Venture Acceleration Training:  6 Months

2. Technology Upskilling (Drone/ AI Skills): 

3. Coaching, Mentoring, Links to Markets and Finance: 

Below is a summary of training workshops for the Technology Incubation Program

1. Entrepreneurship Venture Acceleration Program: 

1.1. Module #1 Business Opportunity & Strategy Analysis

1.2. Online Growthwheel On-boarding & Coaching Basics 

1.3. Module #2 Building lasting customer relations

1.4. Module #3 Organisational Development

1.5. Module #4 Profitable Operations

1.6. Module #5: Business Plan

1.7. Module 6: Art of Pitching & Close out presentations

2. Drone and Technology Business Upskilling: 

2.1. Generic Workshops 

2.1.1. Design Thinking 

2.2.1. Digital Skills 

2.3.1. Project Management 

2.4.1. Communication Skills 

 2.2. Technology Upskilling

2.2.1. Coding Basics 

2.3.1. Drone accelerator & Maker Space Essentials (Laser Cutter, CNC Router,3D Printing)

2.4.1. Engineering drawings: Solid Works 

2.5.1. Introduction to drones 

2.6.1. Drone Compliance workshop 

3. Prototype evaluation competition:

3.1. Design Formation/improvement (1 month)

3.2. Prototyping/manufacturing (1 month) 

3.3. Testing & Competition 

4. Mentoring, links to Markets and Finance: 12 Months:  

Please register your expression of interest by completing the form below.