About Us

Our big dream
for small business

About Us

Our big dream
for small business

Riversands Incubation Hub is a ground-breaking initiative with the scale to have a real economic impact by supporting small businesses, fostering job creation and alleviating poverty. Riversands is a large-scale business incubator established in 2015 through a successful private-public partnership between Century Property Developments and National Treasury’s The Jobs Fund.

Inequality is one of the most pressing global issues and South Africa is the poster child for this crisis. Riversands Incubation Hub, located in Johannesburg, is adjacent to four-car garage style luxury estates and the township of Diepsloot where most residents live in shacks. The comparison is stark.

Apartheid spatial planning created deep structural infrastructure disadvantages for townships. In Diepsloot, the road widths, power availability and size of stands makes manufacturing at any scale near impossible. With no nearby industrial development, residents typically spend half their salaries commuting to work..

Quality infrastructure is important for economic growth and also to ensure inclusive development. This is the central idea behind the creation of Riversands. Catalysed by a partnership between Century Property Developments and National Treasury’s The Jobs Fund, it opened in 2015. Today the 40 000 square metre campus is home to 160 businesses.

We stimulate the local economy and unlock jobs by giving entrepreneurs access to world-class physical infrastructure and support at a fraction of the commercial cost.

Our story

A better start for small business

High potential SMEs are accommodated at Riversands for a period of up to three years at a subsidised rental with entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms and a full range of sponsored business support services available. The campus is home to 160 small businesses.

Business owners have access to a rich array of business services to support their business growth needs:

  • Leadership & strategy – Setting the vision & direction
  • Marketing & sales – Bringing products & services to market
  • Systems & operations – Efficient delivery of products and services
  • Premises – A professional working environment at an affordable price, flexible lease terms, infrastructure and an entrepreneurial community.

Our story

A better start for small business

High potential SMEs are accommodated at Riversands for a period of up to three years at a subsidised rental with entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms and a full range of sponsored business support services available. The campus is home to more than 160 small businesses.

  • Leadership & strategy – Setting the vision & direction
  • Marketing & sales – Bringing products & services to market
  • Systems & operations – Efficient delivery of products and services
  • Premises – A professional working environment at an affordable price, flexible lease terms, infrastructure and an entrepreneurial community.

our vision

Be a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem, the go-to platform for small businesses to accelerate their growth and build strong, sustainable businesses.

why?

A transformed, growing SA economy with space for all South African to thrive is the only worthwhile future.

mission - how?

To create a powerfully enabling platform of services and learning experiences.

Be seen by potential investors and customers as the place to find up-and-coming South African businesses.

To collaborate with local and international business and academia.

our vision

Be a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem, the go-to platform for small businesses to accelerate their growth and build strong, sustainable businesses.

why?

A transformed, growing SA economy with space for all South African to thrive is the only worthwhile future.

mission - how?

To create a powerfully enabling platform of services and learning experiences.

Be seen by potential investors and customers as the place to find up-and-coming South African businesses.

To collaborate with local and international business and academia.

Location

We are located for growth in the Riversands Commercial Park within a prime development node in Gauteng with over R1.4 billion already committed to the area in roads and bulk services.

Riversands is located north of Fourways in the Riversands Commercial Park. Being situated in a larger commercial park gives small businesses increased visibility to larger firms.

Riversands is strategically situated on the R511 corridor with transport arteries North, South, East and West.

Riversands Incubation Hub is close to the high-income residential areas of Dainfern, Steyn City and Fourways as well as the township of Diepsloot.

Location

We are located for growth in the Riversands Commercial Park within a prime development node in Gauteng with over R1.4 billion already committed to the area in roads and bulk services.

Riversands is located north of Fourways in the Riversands Commercial Park. Being situated in a larger commercial park gives small businesses increased visibility to larger firms.

Riversands is strategically situated on the R511 corridor with transport arteries North, South, East and West.

Riversands Incubation Hub is close to the high-income residential areas of Dainfern, Steyn City and Fourways as well as the township of Diepsloot.

Ready to get involved?

Help us achieve our vision

Companies looking for BEE scorecard points can sponsor small businesses or skills development projects.

Select Riversands Incubation Hub as the ideal starting point for your growing business

Volunteer

We are looking for experienced business people to volunteer as industry mentors and specialists to entrepreneurs within our programmes.

We offer many corporate procurement opportunities to enrich your supply chain.

Enterprise Development Spend. We have the scale
to make a difference.

Build your business at Riversands.

Volunteer

We are looking for experienced business people to volunteer as industry mentors and specialists to entrepreneurs within our programmes.

We offer many corporate procurement opportunities to enrich your supply chain.

How we work
with entrepreneurs

Our philosophy is a published set of principles that explain how we work with entrepreneurs.

How we work with entrepreneurs

How we work
with entrepreneurs

Our philosophy is a published set of principles that explain how we work with entrepreneurs.

Volunteer