Who is Raizcorp?

Raizcorp is Africa’s only unfunded for-profit business incubator model, which provides full service business support programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability. Raizcorp has created “ProsperationTM” – its own unique, world-renowned model of business incubation. Founded in 2000, Raizcorp has become Africa’s premier business incubator model. Through a rigorous selection process, programmes are targeted to those with the highest potential to succeed. Once selected, the entrepreneurs are exposed to a high-touch support programme that continues to produce excellent results. In association with the Da Vinci Institute, Raizcorp operates as a faculty of entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurial learning approved by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Raizcorp is the first business support organisation in Africa to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), the UK government-approved standards setting body for entrepreneurial development. Raizcorp works with entrepreneurs, corporates, and governments around the globe in order to support entrepreneurial development strategies and initiatives.

About Raizcorp

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet:

Raizcorp:

  • was founded in 2000 unofficially and 2002 officially
  • has over 900 companies that have graduated from its Prosperator™ programmes
  • currently supports more than 300 companies in Prosperation™ programmes
  • develops over 3 000 companies per annum in “other” programmes
  • has 8 physical business incubators known as Prosperators™ (7 in RSA and 1 in Angola)
  • is in discussions and negotiations with numerous African countries
  • employs approximately 90 full time staff
  • has been profitable since 2006
  • operates using urban, peri-urban and rural models
  • processes between 10 and 40 applications to incubation programmes per day

Raizcorp Credentials >>

Credentials

Credentials:

Raizcorp:

  • is the only unfunded for-profit business incubator on the African continent
  • has developed a world-first Prosperator™ entrepreneurship development model
  • has advised African governments on incubation and entrepreneurial strategies
  • is approved by rating agencies as an agent of enterprise development – 100% of a company's spend may be claimed as enterprise development spend and counts towards the points on their B-BBEE scorecard
  • in association with the Da Vinci Institute, is the only incubator model in South Africa that offers entrepreneurial learning approved by the Council on Higher Education that can lead to an NQF Level 5 Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • is the only African incubator to be Accredited as a Centre of Excellence by SFEDI, the UK-based Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative
  • has been recognised as a Champion of Entrepreneurs in Africa (Winner — African Heritage Society 2007)
  • in 2011 was visited by Judith McHale (the US Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs) and is lauded as the entrepreneurial model for Africa
  • is visited by students from the MBA and post-graduate programmes of Harvard Business School, CASS Business School, the University of California: Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Wharton University, Wits Business School, GIBS and the University of Pretoria, to name but a few, as an exemplary model for business incubation
  • is a member of SABTIA (the Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association)

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Business Units

Business units

Partner-elite
Current Offices

Current Offices

Map of Current Operations

Executive Team

Executive Team

Allon Raiz

Allon Raiz

Chief Excitement Officer

Colin Kapeluschnik

Colin Kapeluschnik

Managing Director

Kathe Hamre

Head of Roll Out and Raizcorp U

Kershni Maharaj

Head of Selection and Efficacy

Trevor Waller

Head of Entrepreneurial Academy

Linda Hart

Linda Hart

Head of Guiding Academy