The Innovation Technology Business Incubator along with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), held the final business breakfast for 2017, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 .
InvoTech is a non-profit organisation with a vision to become a leading incubator in Durban, that aims to support small business entities to start up their own businesses by providing them with equipment, financial, legal and information services. The incubator was set up in order to manifest support in creating and developing small businesses in the innovations sphere in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
InvoTech chairperson Mr Lindani Dhlomo said the purpose of hosting business breakfasts throughout the year was to give a platform to people interested in starting up their own businesses.
“We are happy to see people that had opportunities and their clients who heard about these people through us (InvoTech). Many people have taken their ideas and put them into practice, so today we are looking back and saying InvoTech helped to plant that seed,” said Dhlomo.
Also speaking at the breakfast was eThekwini deputy mayor Fawzia Peer, who acknowledged the DUT and SEDA for their major contributions in making the business incubator a huge success.
“Successful businesses through InvoTech would not have been possible without the contributions of DUT and SEDA and for that, I am grateful to all parties involved in building small businesses in the eThekwini municipality,” she said.
Addressing attendees of the Invotech breakfast, Treasurer General of the African National Congress (ANC) Dr Zweli Mkhize encouraged young people to be innovative and make this country a better place to live and work in.
“The future of South Africa lies in the hands of our youth and the innovative minds they possess. It’s about vision, courage and confidence. You are in a world without boundaries, so explore it,” he said.
The InvoTech Business Incubator supports different sectors such as creative and digital technology, food and agriculture impacting technology and green technology.
Pictured: ANC Treasurer General, Dr Zweli Mkhize during his address at the Invotech Business Breakfast.