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Applications to the Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme now open

Spark* International, an initiative of Australian international development non-profit YGAP, has opened applications to its Spark* South Africa 2018 Accelerator Programme.

The five-day programme will take place in Johannesburg between 15 and 20 April. Interested entrepreneurs have until 4 March to apply and can do so here.

The accelerator is aimed at South African entrepreneurs who are looking to scale and are currently making an impact in education, health and job creation.

Selected Spark* entrepreneurs will be advanced into a growth track where they will get access to grants worth up to $AUD25 000

Spark* aims to find, accelerate, support and connect startups. Since the initiative launched in 2011, it has gone on to support 295 entrepreneurs. The organisation claims 90% of its entrepreneurs have doubled their “impact” and revenue.

Programme participants will receive post-programme training and support as well as access to business coaches, mentors, lawyers, accountants and research assistants for 12 months.

In addition, participants will also be able to continually apply for small grants of up to R10 000. Selected entrepreneurs will be moved into a growth track where they will be provided with access to grants of up to $AUD25 000.

Featured image: Spark* via Facebook