Business incubation is one of the many strategic structures, nationally and internationally, that supports and accelerates the successful development of start up businesses and enterprises and I am honoured to be associated with incubation in Africa.
Business incubation is one of the many strategic structures, nationally and internationally, that supports and accelerates the successful development of start up businesses and enterprises and I am honoured to be associated with incubation in Africa. SABTIA (the Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association) was established in March 2004 to coordinate and promote business incubation in Southern Africa, and Africa. It provides a forum for incubator managers and SME (small and medium enterprises) developers to discuss and share the challenges faced by the emerging industry, and find solutions to improving service delivery and increasing value to this critical sector in the economy.
SABTIA prides itself as a leading organization in Africa that advances the development of the business incubation community to enhance the quality of services rendered to small businesses. The SME sector is one of the key areas for job creation and economic growth in the country. This is evident from the various spheres of government's emphasis, and programmes to grow the small business sector.
The underlying objectives of SABTIA are:
Facilitate the process of creating a platform for developing best practice in South African incubation
Raising the profile of incubation in Southern Africa
Profiling and promoting leading players in the African incubation domain
Creating an opportunity for networking and alliance building
Spreading of learning and sharing of information amongst incubation practitioners (promoting dialogue and discussion amongst new and established operators)
Through incubations we have managed to revitalise the SME sector and make significant contributions to the growth and wealth of the Southern African and African economies. Even though incubation through SABTIA and other major role players such as Seda Technology Programme (stp), Infodev and Africa Incubator Network (AIN) is still in its infant stage compared to its counterpart in the rest of the world, the significant impact of this sector is visible and evident throughout various sectors of our economy. I would like to commend the incubation experts, development practitioners, academia, the public and private sectors, who all have worked tirelessly to achieve these successes in South Africa and Africa in just a few years, but all would like to put the challenge out there for these efforts to be accelerated over the next few years.
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Welcome to the SABTIA Website
The Southern African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) is Africa's leading organisation that advances business incubation and entrepreneurship. SABTIA provides thousands of professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage businesses in the developing world.
SABTIA was launched in March 2004, to coordinate and promote business incubation in Southern Africa. SABTIA is the leading accreditation body for business and technology incubators in Southern Africa.