Enterprise Development Program
Access To Knowledge, Resources, Training & Networks
We design, build and implement programs designed to grow SGBs in South Africa, aligned to the corporate partners’ organizational objectives and KPIs.
Our programs can be designed to support :
Local communities and rural development
Specific demographics (ie women and/or youth)
Targeted companies to ensure creation of pipeline of procurement-ready suppliers
From 2-day workshops to 24 month accelerator programs, we design programs that most benefit the lifecycle stage of program participants.
Our programs can be deployed 100% online, in-person or through a combination.
THREADS + FASHIONTECH
Nonzēro is the founding agency of threads africa’s first accelerator for entrepreneurs in the business of fashion
Our program has had 87% weekly report completion rate, 88% weekly attendance rate and, 100% of entrepreneurs completed the curriculum developed by Cattolica Universita and submitted a business plan.
OVER 39800 FANS OF THREADS
were inspired and educated by following the threads program & online resources
OVER 400 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
80 ENTREPRENEURS EXPERIENCED THE BOOTCAMPS
entrepreneurs experienced the bootcamps a huge learning experience and the opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs
12 ENTREPRENEURS PARTICIPATED IN 18-WEEKS PROGRAM
of learning by industry experts and international thought leaders giving them access to knowledge, resources and markets
200 HOURS OF MENTORSHIP
The 12 entrepreneurs received mentorship from EOH mentors, guest speakers, threads judges and threads founders
425 EVENT GUESTS TO THREADS RELATED EVENTS
425 people attended media launch, fashion tech hackathon, FASHIONTech conference and graduation event to directly engage with the entrepreneurs and learn about the business of fashion and fashion tech
THE PROGRAM TIMELINE
AUGUST 2017 – JULY 2018
Threads journey spans 12 months to ensure selection of the right entrepreneurs, a thorough learning program and dynamic events to engage with key stakeholders.
CALL TO ENTRY
An innovative digital marketing campaign combined with a direct network approach served to invite eligible Fashion Entrepreneurs from all over South Africa to apply for Threads online. Entrepreneurs could apply for 4 hubs: Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
BOOTCAMPS & MEDIA LAUNCH
The top 20 applicants per city were selected to participate in regional bootcamps. Evaluated by a knowledgeable review committee, the entrepreneurs were tested on various aspects of entrepreneurship – through games, role-plays and exercises. Through this process, the top 3 of each city were selected to participate in the program.
The 12 Fashion entrepreneurs embarked on an 18-week program. The entrepreneurs participated by attending class each Monday ( full day) and Tuesday (half day) complemented with 3 Field trips in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape and supported by individual mentorship sessions.
GRADUATION & WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
On Graduation Day, the entrepreneurs presented their new business models to the panel of judges. In the evening, all entrepreneurs were celebrated as they received their Threads Graduation Certificate and the 2018 winner was announced.
- APR - BONUS
FASHIONTech CONFERENCE & HACKATHON
Africa’s first FASHIONTech™ Conference & Hackathon was organized as an add-on to the Threads success and upon discovery of the unrivaled potential of technology in driving the fashion & retail industry on the continent. The events welcome over 100 of South Africa’s fashion, retail and technology industry players.