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 Empowering Food

Makers Landing, a V&A Waterfront initiative is the first of its kind in
South Africa food-business incubator, food market and shared kitchen space.


Unlock your food business potential. Join the Makers Landing Kitchen Incubator Programme for a recipe of success! This immersive accelerator empowers entrepreneurs to shape their culinary future. Our programme blends in-class and online learning with access to a licensed commercial kitchen, fostering tomorrow’s success stories.

Our Approach

How it Works

Individual tasks are complemented by weekly mentorship sessions and expert guidance. In collaboration with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, our programme aims to boost job creation and skill development in the local food industry. It spans four-and-a-half months, with two weekly sessions lasting two to three hours each. It has been co-developed by Stellencbosch University’s LaunchLab and industry experts.


During the 2-month pre-incubation phase the businesses completes a business diagnostics assessment to identify the gaps and key focus areas over next 12 months.

The entrepreneurs get to work with a mentor to define their business purpose, build a growth strategy and a practical action plan. This phase includes product development support.

Incubation Phase

The 5-month Incubation Phase combines in-class learning and online entrepreneurship skills training, mentorship, market readiness, funding readiness and technical assistance.

This phase comprises of bespoke training workshops, individual tasks and monthly mentorship sessions to nurture your food business.

Growth Phase

Businesses that graduate from the Incubation Phase received continued support through the Growth Phase. The 5-month Growth Phase focuses on scaling the food business operations.

This phase offers market access support, funding, masterclasses, networking events and continued mentorship to ensure the business reaches its full potential.

Small business development, skills sharing, food experts & budding entrepreneurs.