Call for cultural entrepreneurship incubators – Creation Africa: South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi

Arts and Creative Industries

“Being an entrepreneur is about deciding to change the world,” said the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The French government, via the French Embassy in South Africa and the Institut français d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS) / French Institute of South Africa, has recognised the potential for cultural entrepreneurs to shape the future of Southern Africa and has launched Creation Africa: South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi. With funding of about R24 million, this programme aims to stimulate and support cultural entrepreneurship, strengthening the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi.

To ensure the success of Creation Africa: South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi, IFAS has put out a call for incubators (or consortiums of entities that jointly meet the selection criteria) to support, coach, and incubate selected cultural entrepreneurs in their innovation and development journeys through an incubation and coaching programme.

This call targets incubators in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi with a proven track record of guiding successful startups. Applicants should have an understanding of the CCIs in Southern Africa and the complexities that cultural entrepreneurship poses. Consortiums or joint ventures that combine the necessary expertise are welcome to apply together.

The call for incubators is open from 28 September 2023 to 18 October 2023. Please note that no applications will be accepted after this date.

Interested incubators can download the call for proposal documentation here.

As a first step, register your interest using the form here:

When ready, email your complete proposal to and cc: Only incubators that have registered first will be considered. Proposals need to be received via email by midnight on 18 October 2023.

If you have any questions, please email and cc:

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