Why apply for the BUILD Programme 2022

Savant, in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater, has developed a structured incubation programme where we will prepare successful candidates for various funding opportunities offered by Savant Venture Fund and Sibanye-Stillwater iXS.

The Savant BUILD programme will run from 5 September 2022 to 10 February 2023.

During the programme you will have access to an unrivalled network of partners, while we simultaneously provide you with a one-on-one specialised mentoring experience.

You will also have dedicated support from our team, attend hands-on workshops and gain access to an array of curated resources – not to mention the countless opportunities you will have to learn from your peers.

Entry criteria

  • A dynamic team with a willingness to learn
  • Local application with global ambition
  • Solving a real commercial problem
  • Technical co-founder in-house
  • Post proof of concept (partial prototype)
  • Sustainable competitive edge
  • Growing market segment
  • Strong IP
  • IP developed in South Africa (whether patented or not)
  • Incorporated or willingness to incorporate

If you are accepted:

Upon acceptance to the Savant BUILD programme, Savant invests R100 000 in services, and in return receives the option to purchase 5% equity of the company.

Applications Open

27 June – 14 August 2022

Programme Starts

5 September 2022

Demo Day

February 2023

What to expect?

01. Workshops

14 Workshops with our partners, delivering content to help your start-ups get to the next stage of their business life cycles.

02. 1:1 Support

Specialized support is at the core of Savant’s philosophy and we don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach. At Savant we have a team to work alongside startup founders. We roll up our sleeves and figure stuff out – everything – together with you.

03. Mentorship

Monthly networking and mentoring sessions. We know that growing a business is hard, so we have brought in some awesome people who have done this before. Our Mentors join the monthly sessions, share their experiences, and provide guidance throughout the business-building process.

Post-programme funding opportunities

We have a wide network of potential funding opportunities for your start-up post-programme, two of which include the Savant Venture Fund and the iXS partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater.

We have several funding streams for high performing startups that graduate from the Sibanye-Stillwater; Savant BUILD programme. Only a select few startups will be considered for Savant Venture Fund and Sibanye-Stillwater iXs funding.

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