Call for Applications: MKI Maritime Accelerator 2020

Posted 4 years ago

The Moses Kotane Institute is an entity of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Government through the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), with a mandate to conduct world class research into training, skills development, and provincial strategic economic sectors; to strategically lead on innovation and maritime coordination and implementation activities to respond to the needs of provincial economy. MKI is calling for entries for the 2020 Moses Kotane Institute Maritime Accelerator. The MKI Maritime Accelerator is aimed at maritime start-ups that are majority-owned by women operating in KwaZulu-Natal with the possibility of scaling globally.

Programme Information
Twenty-five (25) entrepreneurs will be chosen for this 24-months programme designed to support participants with the business modelling and growth strategy required to scale their enterprises, become investment ready and develop entrepreneurial leadership. The programme will cover:
• Marketing and Branding
• Systems Thinking Framework
• Access to Finance
• Access to Markets
• Growth Strategy
• Financing for scale
• Pitch training


Programme Eligibility Criteria
Businesses must be:
• Maritime Sector;
• In operation for less than three years;
• Revenue generating (even if not yet profitable);
• Scalable and innovative ventures;
• Preference to be given to ventures majority (50% +1) owned or led by ambitious and committed women entrepreneurs (preference); and
• seeking investment or funding to grow.
The business must be represented by at least two participants from the same business venture of which one must be the co-founder.


Salient Dates:
Applications Closing Date : 03 February 2020
Selections Announcement : 07 February 2020
Induction Workshop : 16-20 February 2020

Application Procedure
Application is a three-step process:

Step 1: Simply complete the MKI Maritime Accelerator Application form, accessible here.

Step 2: On request from Moses Kotane Institute, if shortlisted, complete the Maritime Accelerator Questionnaire.

Step 3: If you receive an Offer Letter, simply sign and e-mail the Acceptance Letter to
Due to expected numbers, we may correspond with shortlisted applicants only.

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