Seed Academy builds successful, sustainable businesses by providing entrepreneurs with high-impact business development support and access to markets whilst assisting them to become funding ready.

Our systematic methodology…

moves entrepreneurs from ideation to growth and ultimately to scale. We partner with clients to deliver real ROI based on measured outcomes combined with high levels of transparency and accountability for Enterprise and Supplier Development.

Our programmes…

have been designed with sustainability in mind – we ensure our entrepreneurs are equipped, personally and professionally, to know what it takes to build, grow and scale a business.

Our interventions…

are delivered by successful entrepreneurs whose years of experience have exposed them to the many ‘unknowns’ an entrepreneur can face. All our interventions are underpinned by our Think. Be. Do. philosophy



AccelerateHer is a is a bespoke, fully-funded, three month business accelerator for women entrepreneurs, designed to fast track the development of their businesses taking into account the specific and unique challenges women face.

  • Target Entrepreneur: Female entrepreneurs (any stage)
  • Duration: 90 days
  • Scorecard Points: Dependent on stage of entrepreneur


Enterprise Development (ED): Intensive business development support and mentorship designed to fast-track the development of high potential businesses.

  • Target Entrepreneur: Early stage businesses not necessarily competing in supply chains
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Scorecard Points: 5 points (1% NPAT)

Supplier Development (SD): Specialist masterclasses combined with intensive coaching and sector specific mentorship. The SD programme focuses on ensuring businesses are ready to compete in corporate supply chains and includes access to a supplier relationship manager to facilitate business opportunities.

  • Target Entrepreneur: SMMEs that are part of the supply chain of the corporate
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Scorecard Points: 10 points (2% NPAT)


An impact Section 12J Venture Capital Fund focused on scaling growth stage women & youth owned businesses; providing investors with tax benefits and ESD points recognition.


Entrepreneurs: why apply to be on a programme?

  • Develop a robust growth strategy

  • Become operationally & financially sustainable

  • Gain access to markets

  • Become funding ready

  • Close development gaps in your business

  • Improve RFP success rates and service delivery

Corporates: why sponsor a programme?

  • Create pipeline of quality EMEs and QSEs for your supply chain

  • Gain relevant, high-growth beneficiaries who are able to deliver

  • Develop capable and agile SD beneficiaries

  • Reduce dependency of suppliers on your business by giving them access to markets

  • Create a competitive edge for your business through innovative business ideas


Seed Academy has really helped open doors for me.  I have learnt so much from attending the TBD programme.   Seed provided me with an excellent platform for networking, sound mentorship as well as dedicated office space as an operational base.   One of the greatest benefits of working with Seed has been that I have learnt how to pitch to big business.

Arjun Khoosa, ID Works

Think.Be.Do. provided the early tools to help build and establish the SweepSouth brand and step up our game where marketing is concerned.  I would most certainly recommend Seed Academy to other entrepreneurs, Seed offer a sound networking platform for anyone on the journey towards successful entrepreneurship

Aisha Pandor, SweepSouth