Apply for the fully funded Allan Gray StartUp Academy Incubation Program 2024 for Artisan Entrepreneurs

The Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy is a fully funded 8-month incubation programme for aspiring artisan entrepreneurs in the Plumbing and Electrical trades

Application Deadline: 31 January 2024

Allan Grey StartUp Academy Incubation Program Overview

Program participants will receive business training and support to start their businesses. The programme will be full-time and in-person, starting on 15th April 2024. The StartUp Academy is funded by Allan Gray Makers. This means that all programme costs are covered, including a basic Transport allowance and all you’re expected to contribute is your commitment, your time, and your energy! 

Programme content includes:  

1. Training in Entrepreneurial Mindset, New Venture Creation, Marketing and Sales, Business Management, Financial Management, Branding, E-skills for business and Personal Mastery.  
2. Opportunities to work in teams and network with other businesses.  
3. Access to Personal Mentorship, Business Shadowing, Industry-Expert Coaches and Business Advisory.  
4. Access to markets with a focus on making your first sale.  
5. Access to Office Space.  
6. Support to start your business and to write your Trade test  
7. Graduates have access to life-long support.
8. Venue Location: Gauteng (Johannesburg), Mpumalanga (Gert Sibanda/Ermelo) Kwa-Zulu Natal (Ethekwini district/Durban) and Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela Bay district/Gqeberha).

Minimum requirements  

You can apply if you are:

  • Age: 18-34 Must be a South African citizen or hold a permanent residence status.
  • Must have completed a relevant learning programme in the Plumbing or Electrical Trades with N6 and 18 months apprenticeship. 
  • Must qualify to take a trade test (having a trade test certificate is advantageous) 
  • Location: Gauteng (Johannesburg City, Ekurhuleni City, Mogale City and Ruimsig), Mpumalanga (Gert Sibanda Municipality) Kwa-Zulu Natal (Ethekwini District) and Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan)  Industry: Plumbing & Electrical. 
  • Intentions: Desire to start their own business.


  • Applications close at midnight on 31 January 2024
  • If you experience any problems, or have any questions regarding this application form or selection process, please contact the StartUp Academy Selection Team on: Email: [email protected]

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