Media Statement

26 May 2017
Release: Immediate

RLabs InnovIA applications for Cohort 2 and 3 of 2016 are OPEN!

Applications for Cohort 2 and 3 of the RLabs Innovation Incubator and Accelerator (InnovIA) 2016 programme are now open for Cape Town based startups.

Aspirant social innovators and entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference in the world and building scalable social enterprises are invited to apply at

InnovIA Cohort 2: 6 June – 26 August 2016

InnovIA Cohort 3: 5 September – 25 November 2016

We are thrilled to be partnering with, amongst others, Silicon Cape, The Bandwidth Barn, Accenture Skills to Succeed, and the MTN Solution Space (UCT Graduate School of Business) to ensure the successful development and implementation of youth lead innovations.

The programme will harness the wealth in experience and resources of all its partners to deliver a programme that will see youth excel in entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Through the InnovIA programme, we have been able to nurture the development of 47 social innovations and startups, helping them develoP and grow during the start-up period.


*  You will have access to Silicon Cape network
*  Access to world-class mentors
*  Access to world class co-working spaces
*  Access to a supportive entrepreneurship ecosystem
*  Access to mentors with extensive experience in the startup space
*  Access to developers who are experienced in building mobile and
web products/services
*  If you meet all program and business milestones during the
program, your startup could access further seed funding from RLabs or
other Angel investors within our network.


*  Have a tested or proven idea (Validation needed)
*  Must be innovative (Approach that’s unique)
*  Can involve and exclude technology
*  Does your innovation or small business make a social impact

Through the InnovIA programme, we have been able to nurture the development of 47 social innovations and startups, helping them develop and grow during the start-up period.

Teams need to be able to commit full time to this programme.

Please note: Applicants will be subjected to a selection process, and if successful, will be expected to commit themselves (or maximum 2 team
members) to the 12 week programme. Cape Town based startups only

Media Enquiries

Clinton Liederman
RLabs Manager: InnovIA Programme
082 082 4166/

Craig Dumont
RLabs Director: InnovIA Programme
076 013 8342 /

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  1. Hi .. I have recently met with Craig of your Youth Café hub in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain. and we have registered four unemployed young adults from disadvantaged communities.. I would love to know more about your Innovia programs. My ministry and NPO is – Destiny Changers-Difference Makers- registration number 140-007

    contact number – 0729939623

    1. Good day Sandy,

      For information with regards to InnovIA programme, please contact Clinton on 021 699 1543/

  2. Hi admin.i just saw this opportunity.i want to ask if this opportunity is looking for applicants that have new business ideas based in any business venture? Thank you

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