Launch of Igalelo incubator’s third intake of green and social entrepreneurs
On Friday 13 October 2017, NPO Igalelo hosted a launch in honour of its startup incubation programme’s third intake, with the support of the French Embassy in South Africa at the Alliance Française in Mitchell’s Plain.
Igalelo is a South African NPO aiming to tackle economic inequalities through a twelve-month, Mitchell’s Plain-based programme, offering business support and soft skills training to young and talented township entrepreneurs creating change in their communities. From urban agriculture (GrowBox) and fine arts (Maboneng Township Arts Experience) to waste upcycling (Wheely in a Wheelie) and recording studios in shipping containers (Philippi Music Project), Igalelo’s incubatees harness their in-depth knowledge of the township environment to design sustainable solutions with maximum impact.
The launch is a celebration of entrepreneurship in Cape Town’s townships and Igalelo’s start-uppers will get the opportunity to pitch their business ideas.
Igalelo is part of INCO, a global consortium designing a more inclusive and sustainable world by supporting the new generation of entrepreneurs. With offices and programmes in more than 20 countries, INCO is the number one global network of green and social startups, supporting more than 500 change-makers worldwide.
Originally from Paris, France, INCO maintains solid and long-lasting ties with the French ecosystem in South Africa. Igalelo’s incubator is hosted within the Alliance Française premises at the heart of Mitchell’s Plain, and the programme is supported by the Consulate General of France in Cape Town and the French Development Agency (AFD).
Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr. Laurent Amar, and City of Cape Town Councillor, Mr. Eddie Andrews, attended the ceremony. They shared their thoughts on the importance of bilateral cooperation with regard to innovation and economic development.