About Us

Our big dream
for small business

About Us

Our big dream
for small business

Established in 2015, Riversands I-Hub is a ground-breaking initiative with the ambition to foster inclusive economic growth through the development of small business. The Hub stimulates the local economy by offering a range of enabling small business development services and resources. This includes world-class physical infrastructure, growth orientated business services and a vibrant ecosystem. Today our 40 000 square metre campus is home to +150 businesses, with a growing off-campus ecosystem.

Riversands I-Hub campus is located in Johannesburg, South Africa adjacent to the township of Diepsloot on one end and luxury housing estates on the other. The comparison between the two areas is stark, bringing to the fore our deep-seated purpose of building a more inclusive society.

Who we are

A partner for ambitious performance-orientated small businesses

High potential SMEs are accommodated at Riversands for a period of up to three years at a low cost rental with entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms and a full range of business services and resources available. The campus is home to +150 small businesses.

Apart from infrastructure, business owners can also access.

  • 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.

Who we are

A partner for ambitious performance-orientated small businesses

High potential SMEs are accommodated at Riversands for a period of up to three years at a low cost rental with entrepreneur-friendly leasing terms and a full range of business services and resources available. The campus is home to +150 small businesses.

Apart from infrastructure, business owners can also access.

  • 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 Africans 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.

Ready to get involved?

Let’s achieve this together

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

Select Riversands I-Hub as the ideal partner for your entrepreneurial journey.

Volunteer

We are looking for experienced business people with the expertise to add tangible value to small businesses. This could be as industry mentors, coaches or specialists in their field.

We have a diverse, large and continuously growing ecosystem of small businesses ready for new corporate procurement opportunities.

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

Select Riversands I-Hub as the ideal partner for your entrepreneurial journey.

Volunteer

We are looking for experienced business people with the expertise to add tangible value to small businesses. This could be as industry mentors, coaches or specialists in their field.

We have a diverse, large and continuously growing ecosystem of small businesses ready for new corporate procurement opportunities.

How we work
with entrepreneurs

Our Model:

We run what we call an “entrepreneur-driven” business incubation model. This is a semi-structured incubation model that is NOT prescriptive. The model encourages the entrepreneur to be in the driving seat when navigating the Hub’s services and resources. In our opinion, the process of continuously trying to figure out what the business needs and having the initiative to fully leverage available resources is a key attribute for any serious entrepreneur.

 

 

Our Approach:

Acknowledges that each business is different and requires different resources at different stages.

Focuses on entrepreneur-led performance, accountability and an internal locus of control.

All this is structured to ensure our ecosystem is truly enabling.

 

INTERESTED?

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How we work
with entrepreneurs

Our Model: We run what we call an “entrepreneur-driven” business incubation model. This is a semi-structured incubation model that is NOT prescriptive. The model encourages the entrepreneur to be in the driving seat when navigating the Hub’s services and resources. In our opinion, the process of continuously trying to figure out what the business needs and having the initiative to fully leverage available resources, is a key attribute for any serious entrepreneur.

Our approach:

Acknowledges that each business is different and requires different resources at different stages.

Focuses on entrepreneur-led performance, accountability and an internal locus of control.

All this is structured to ensure our ecosystem is truly enabling and impactful

 

INTERESTED?

Volunteer