Welcome entrepreneur

Rivers may be bent by valleys or break on rocks but they keep on flowing.

Welcome entrepreneur

Rivers may be bent by valleys or break on rocks but they keep on flowing.

Welcome Entrepreneur - A Space To Grow

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.

It also 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.

Why Riversands I-Hub?

Utility Spaces

Your own office, showroom or manufacturing space at a price and at terms that suit your needs. Units include our PLUG & PLAY (14-30m²) units, through to the GRINDWORX (50m²) mini factories, TRAILBLAZER (75-100m²) mini factories and our HORIZON (200m²) factory spaces.

Non-Prescriptive Model

The entrepreneurial journey is not linear. Our model speaks to the true nature of small business and entrepreneurship – dynamic with the freedom to dictate the direction of your business.

Growth Resources

Resources that reduce some of the headaches involved with running a small business. For example, are you battling with the management of your finances? Ask for bookkeeping or accounting assistance.

Knowledge

Looking for answers in your business? Make the most of a rich mix of online modules, masterclasses, workshops and bespoke one-on-one sessions to help you build vital business management expertise.

Ecosystem

Be at the centre of a performance-driven ecosystem of entrepreneurs sharing feedback, insights and connections. Participate in networking sessions, masterclasses and gain access to a growing set of experienced business advisors.

Pragmatic

The Hub is not detached from the standards and business principles that apply in a normal market environment

Utility Spaces

Your own office, showroom or manufacturing space at a price and at terms that suit your needs. Units include our PLUG & PLAY (14-30m²) units, through to the GRINDWORX (50m²) mini factories, TRAILBLAZER (75-100m²) mini factories and our HORIZON (200m²) factory spaces.

Non-Prescriptive Model

The entrepreneurial journey is not linear. Our model speaks to the true nature of small business and entrepreneurship – dynamic with the freedom to dictate the direction of your business.

Growth Resources

Resources that reduce some of the headaches involved with running a small business. For example, are you battling with the management of your finances? Ask for bookkeeping or accounting assistance.

Knowledge

Looking for answers in your business? Make the most of a rich mix of online modules, masterclasses, workshops and bespoke one-on-one sessions to help you build vital business management expertise.

Ecosystem

Be at the centre of a performance-driven ecosystem of entrepreneurs sharing feedback, insights and connections. Participate in networking sessions, masterclasses and gain access to a growing set of experienced business advisors.

Pragmatic

The Hub is not detached from the standards and business principles that apply in a normal market environment

What we look for

Our selection criteria

We don’t believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and Riversands I-Hub is not necessarily the right place for every type of business. We receive a large volume of applications for our premises units and business services. 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 resources in businesses likely to give the best return on investment.

Fit to business needs

Potential for surrounding area

Ratio of benefit to cost and risk

51% black ownership is advantageous

Viability with potential to grow

Entrepreneurial characteristics


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.

How the premises application process work

Our application process

Step 1

Attend premises tour

Step 2

Attend is Riversands right for me

Step 3

submit online application

Step 4

application is assessed

Step 5

panel interview

Step 6

investment committee decision

Step one

Apply now

Meet our Alumnus

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 alumni 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 Alumnus 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 Alumnus

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 Alumni 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 Alumnus 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.