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JP Morgan, Tshimologong Precinct launch Africa Rising 4.0 incubation programme

JP Morgan, an asset management, private, corporate and investment bank, has collaborated with Johannesburg digital innovation and incubator Tshimologong Precinct to launch the Africa Rising 4.0 incubation programme.

Applications for the 12-week incubation programme — which aims to power digital entrepreneurship and early stage startup growth in Johannesburg — are now open and will close on 25 April.

The Africa Rising 4.0 incubation programme is designed to coach the disciplines of entrepreneurship, while also building innovative digital businesses

In a statement today (10 April), Tshimologong Precinct enterprise development manager Shaun Randles said the programme will train participants on entrepreneurship and building innovative digital businesses.

“We are providing a platform to coach startups and to also introduce them to local and global technology entrepreneurs as mentors,” Randles said.

“In doing this together with JP Morgan, we are aiming to assist in developing basic and functional technology programmes and skills that deliver tangible value to early adopters,” he added.

Are you eligible?

Those with ideas that require digital development in hardware, software, apps and other content like games and animation are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants need to have a valid proof of concept (POC) with a mock-up or video presentation. The POC must provide evidence of how it will create value for customers as well as how it is a product or service that is in demand.

Applicants must also younger than 35-years-old, with a BEE profile and from a low-income household.

Custom-designed curriculum

The Africa Rising 4.0 incubator pogramme will see 15 startups participate in a “custon-designed” curriculum which will include masterclasses based on the top issues startups are facing like blockchain, digital marketing, and women in tech among others.

In addition, Africa Rising 4.0 participants can expect to receive hands-on support and advice from experts and established entrepreneurs.