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 Empowering Food Innovators.

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

Embracing
Culinary
Exploration.

Unlock your food business potential. Join the Makers Landing Kitchen Incubator Programme for a recipe of success! This immersive accelerator programme empowers entrepreneurs to shape their culinary future. Our programme combines bespoke business development support 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 Stellenbosch University’s LaunchLab and industry experts.

Pre-Incubation

During the 3-month pre-incubation phase the entrepreneurs complete a business diagnostics assessment to identify the gaps in the business and key focus areas.

The entrepreneurs get to define their business purpose, build a growth strategy and a practical action plan. This phase comprises of baseline assessments and development maps and product development support.

Incubation Phase

The 5-month Incubation Phase offers a bespoke business development programme to prepare the entrepreneur for running a sustainable food business and scaling its operations.

This comprises of entrepreneurship skills training, mentorship, market readiness, funding readiness and technical assistance and regular business health checks to assess implementation.

Growth Phase

The 4-month Growth Phase focuses on marketing exposure, unlocking growth opportunities, and managing a sustainable business. During this stage entrepreneurs are linked to market opportunities to take the business to the next level.

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

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