The Sibanye-Stillwater iXS and Savant BUILD Programme is officially underway.
Thank you to everyone who applied to the programme.
Potential candidates have now been shortlisted.
A huge congratulations to each and every one of them.
Welcome to the ecosystem. We are looking forward to walking this journey with you.
Our structured six-month incubation programme commences mid-September and is specifically designed to prepare our successful candidates for funding opportunities, offered both by Sibanye-Stillwater iXS, the Savant Venture Fund, and others.
Each applicant will enjoy the dedicated support of the Savant team, including one-on-one mentoring, and access to an unrivaled network of partners. They will attend hands-on workshops, and enjoy the benefits of personalised business advice and support. We are excited to watch them grow on their BUILD journey.
Meet our advisors
Whilst specialised support is at the core of Savant’s philosophy, shared knowledge is a key growth tool for start-ups.
This programme would be nothing without the support of the ecosystem. So, a huge thank you to all the entrepreneurs, companies, internal team members, and incredible people within the ecosystem that have made this possible.
We want to take a moment to acknowledge and introduce our first round of advisors.
Pitch Training: Louise Mitchell
Louise is a knowledgeable and experienced Investment Pitch and Presentation Expert, who has conducted in-person and online training with over 2 500 founders, executives, and academics.
She will be an invaluable guide for our growth-focused start-up founders.
Learn more about Louise here:
Design thinking: Richard Perez
Richard is the Founding Director of the Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at UCT – the only African ‘School of Design Thinking’ that is officially affiliated with Stanford and Potsdam Universities.
Richard is a provocative, and inspirational influencer on the importance and development of Design Thinking as a driver of innovation and change.
Sales & Marketing: Joel van der Schyff
Joel is the Managing Director of Agri-Logiq. A passionate and experienced entrepreneur, Joel will be sharing some key lessons for successful sales and marketing. To quote Mr van der Schyff: “Always look for the opportunity – and love what you do, otherwise you’re in the wrong place. Always be closing, and whatever you’re doing – get it done.”
Sales & Marketing: Joel van der Schyff and Will Green
Will Green is the current Programme Director at Grindstone. He has developed successful business models and go-to-market strategies to help start-ups, scale-ups, and industries in the UK and Africa for over 22 years.
Will will guide our cohorts along the path of becoming high-growth, innovation-driven companies that are funding-ready.
Learn more about Will here:
Software Development: Heinrich de Lange
Heinrich de Lange is the CEO at Octoco. An entrepreneur in his own right, and an experienced software developer with an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree.
An educationalist at heart, Heinrich is passionate about solving global issues with solution-orientated tech integration.
Learn more about Heinrich here:
Hardware Development and Scaling: Pierre Becker | SKEG
In the hardware development space, SKEG is a company you need to know!
Assisting businesses and entrepreneurs by converting their product ideas into fully resolved, market-ready products. From product positioning and business modelling to design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing – the SKEG Team will walk our entrepreneurs through the essentials of hardware development and scaling.
Learn more about Skeg here:
Legal: SG Laubscher
SG is a Director at Dommisse Attorneys (DA), a law firm that specialises in all things entrepreneurial!
Dommisse Attorneys is invested in building businesses that are capital ready – and presentable from a governance, legal, financial and commercial perspective.
Business Strategy: Stephan Lamprecht
Stephan Lamprecht is an experienced strategist, knowledgeable in all matters related to the Southern African venture capital landscape.
He has overseen a number of strategic research activities on behalf of the Southern African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA).
And formerly ran the Technology Top 100 Awards Programme.
Learn more about Stephan here:
Intellectual Property: Colin Truter
Colin Truter is a specialist in all things IP.
A mechanical engineer turned patent attorney, Colin will be unpacking the practical side of patenting, and demystifying Intellectual Property.