Welcome entrepreneur

We’re looking for smart, committed entrepreneurs who have what it takes, but want to get there faster

Welcome entrepreneur

We’re looking for smart, committed entrepreneurs who have what it takes, but want to get there faster

The barriers for early stage entrepreneurs to secure a professional address are still too high. We accelerate your business journey by providing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, access to support and learning opportunities.

step one

Info session

what we look for

Our selection criteria

We don’t believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and Riversands Incubation Hub is not the right place for every type of business. We receive a large volume of applications and our units are quickly filled. This means that we are always evaluating businesses against our published selection criteria. We are not a commercial landlord – we do our best to invest our subsidised square metres in businesses likely to give the best return on investment.

What we don't offer

  • Funding
  • High volume retail foot traffic

How you qualify

  • A viable business model with potential to grow
  • Economic opportunity created for surrounding area
  • Entrepreneurial characteristics and ability to execute
  • 51% black ownership is advantageous

Thursday Info Tours

Step 1

Attend premises tour

Spend an hour with us to understand:

  • Premises and facilities available
  • Selection criteria
  • Support services available
  • Our philosophy

Step 2

Attend is Riversands right for me

We’ve put together this session to help you decide if Riversands Incubation Hub is a good match for your growing business.

Step 3

submit online application

A complete online application requires information about your business together with the following documents:

  • Company registration documents
  • Directors’ IDs
  • Three months’ business bank statements
  • BEE or shareholders certificate

Step 4

application is assessed

We assess your application and may phone you for additional details. If your online application shows potential you will be invited to meet the panel.

Step 5

panel interview

You will meet our selection committee to discuss your business, affordability and how you plan to use the space.

Step 6

investment committee decision

We will assess you against our selection criteria and compare the strength of your application against other entrepreneurs applying for the same space. If your application is successful, we will start preparing your lease.

Step 1

Attend premises tour

Spend an hour with us to understand:

  • Premises and facilities available
  • Selection criteria
  • Support services available
  • Our philosophy

Step 2

Attend is Riversands right for me

We’ve put together this session to help you decide if Riversands Incubation Hub is a good match for your growing business.

Step 3

submit online application

A complete online application requires information about your business together with the following documents:

  • Company registration documents
  • Directors’ IDs
  • Three months’ business bank statements
  • BEE or shareholders certificate

Step 4

application is assessed

We assess your application and may phone you for additional details. If your online application shows potential you will be invited to meet the panel.

Step 5

panel interview

You will meet our selection committee to discuss your business, affordability and how you plan to use the space.

Step 6

investment committee decision

We will assess you against our selection criteria and compare the strength of your application against other entrepreneurs applying for the same space. If your application is successful, we will start preparing your lease.

Welcome Entrepreneur - A Space To Grow

A space to grow

Over 170 mini-factories, office spaces and horticultural training spaces available. We offer true flexibility – scale up or down as your business grows.

Welcome Entrepreneur - A Space To Grow

A space to grow

Over 170 mini-factories, office spaces and horticultural training spaces available. We offer true flexibility – scale up or down as your business grows.

Why Riversands Incubation Hub?

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Professional address

Your own office, showroom or manufacturing space at a price and terms that suit your needs. Units include small furnished business suites, through to 50m² mini factories and 200m² factory spaces.

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Community

Be at the centre of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs sharing feedback, insights and connections. Participate in networking sessions, special guest lectures and have access to experienced mentors.

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Professional address

Your own office, showroom or manufacturing space at a price and terms that suit your needs. Units include small furnished business suites, through to 50m² mini factories and 200m² factory spaces.

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Community

Be at the centre of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs sharing feedback, insights and connections. Participate in networking sessions, special guest lectures and have access to experienced mentors.

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Growth & learning

Looking for answers in your business? Make the most of a rich mix of guest lectures, workshops and practical training sessions to help you build vital business management expertise.

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Support services

Support services to reduce some of the headaches involved with running a small business. Battling with the financial compliance and accounts? Ask our team to keep your back-office running smoothly.

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Growth & learning

Looking for answers in your business? Make the most of a rich mix of guest lectures, workshops and practical training sessions to help you build vital business management expertise.

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Support services

Support services to reduce some of the headaches involved with running a small business. Battling with the financial compliance and accounts? Ask our team to keep your back-office running smoothly.

How we work with entrepreneurs

We want to be transparent so that you know what to expect before you work with us. There are many business support programmes available: it is important to select the support that fits what you are looking for. If these principles seem obvious, then you are probably a good match. If you don’t like what is written here, you should think carefully about whether or not Riversands is right for you.

What can I expect from Riversands?

Not sure if Riversands Is right for you? Entrepreneur Seola Mashamaite, founder of Montech Calibration Services, an accredited calibration laboratory, explains what you can expect when you move into Riversands.

What can I expect from Riversands?

Not sure if Riversands Is right for you? Entrepreneur Seola Mashamaite, founder of Montech Calibration Services, an accredited calibration laboratory, explains what you can expect when you move into Riversands.

Meet our graduates

Unlike other landlords, Riversands Incubation Hub celebrates SMEs which leave the campus, moving on to bigger and better things.

Big Foot - Riversands Graduates

Big Foot

Paying a visit to Big Foot Car Detailing in the business’s new premises at Melrose Arch is a mind-blowing experience! The immediate impression is that Riversands Incubation Hub SME graduate Vishal Nair is perfectly poised to take advantage of the luxury car dealership environment to grow his business to new heights.

Why Cook - Riversands Graduates

Why Cook

Riversands Incubation Hub graduates Why Cook took full advantage of the support services while on the campus and have now moved to new premises in Bryanston, where they plan on expanding the business to include a studio where they’ll offer cooking training and a venue for food photo shoots.

Cindy Malaza Timeless Opulence - Riversands Graduates

Timeless Opulence

Cindy Malaza is the owner of Timeless Opulence, a bespoke furniture, event hiring and interior decorating business formerly based at Riversands. In keeping with the sophisticated Malaza’s effortless style, Timeless Opulence offers that special touch of class on offering customers a unique experience.

Moloi & Co - Riversands Graduates

Moloi & Co Accountants

If the aim of an incubation programme is to grow a business, then Riversands Incubation Hub deserves acknowledgement for the support provided to Moloi & Co Accountants – one of the first businesses on the campus when it opened in 2014 – because it grew substantially in the four years it was on the campus.

Originally from Diepsloot, entrepreneur accountant Bigbrain Moloi took full advantage of the formal premises, which represented a significant upgrade from his previous office in the township. Clients immediately realised that it was easy to visit the new office and as occupation on the campus increased, so too did Moloi & Co. Accountants’ client base, with many SMEs choosing the company to take care of their accounting and tax requirements.

Meet our Graduates

Unlike other landlords, Riversands Incubation Hub celebrates SMEs which leave the campus, moving on to bigger and better things.

Big Foot - Riversands Graduates

Big Foot

Paying a visit to Big Foot Car Detailing in the business’s new premises at Melrose Arch is a mind-blowing experience! The immediate impression is that Riversands Incubation Hub SME graduate Vishal Nair is perfectly poised to take advantage of the luxury car dealership environment to grow his business to new heights.

Why Cook - Riversands Graduates

Why Cook

Riversands Incubation Hub graduates Why Cook took full advantage of the support services while on the campus and have now moved to new premises in Bryanston, where they plan on expanding the business to include a studio where they’ll offer cooking training and a venue for food photo shoots.

Cindy Malaza Timeless Opulence - Riversands Graduates

Timeless Opulence

Cindy Malaza is the owner of Timeless Opulence, a bespoke furniture, event hiring and interior decorating business formerly based at Riversands. In keeping with the sophisticated Malaza’s effortless style, Timeless Opulence offers that special touch of class on offering customers a unique experience.

Moloi & Co - Riversands Graduates

Moloi & Co Accountants

If the aim of an incubation programme is to grow a business, then Riversands Incubation Hub deserves acknowledgement for the support provided to Moloi & Co Accountants – one of the first businesses on the campus when it opened in 2014 – because it grew substantially in the four years it was on the campus.

Originally from Diepsloot, entrepreneur accountant Bigbrain Moloi took full advantage of the formal premises, which represented a significant upgrade from his previous office in the township. Clients immediately realised that it was easy to visit the new office and as occupation on the campus increased, so too did Moloi & Co. Accountants’ client base, with many SMEs choosing the company to take care of their accounting and tax requirements.