Hubs and entrepreneur support organisations do such important work across South Africa and Southern Africa, to help young people to grow themselves and their businesses.
Launch League was established by Viridian and the UK-South Africa Tech Hub to create opportunities for hub teams to grow their skills, access quality resources, and connect with each other as a community of practise. Through enabling local hubs, Launch League aims to support young people to create meaningul economic opportunities for themselves and their communities.
Launch League networking and training events are offered to South African hubs and organisations, but the resources and toolkits are available under open licence for any African hub or organisations to use. If you would like to find out how to partner with Launch League to offer training and events for hubs in your country (outside of SA), please contact us.
Launch League Toolkits & Resources
Open licence programme toolkits, ready to to use with SMEs and youth.
The Launch League Idea-stage Programme Toolkit consists of all the material hub facilitators may need to run this 6-week programme centred around the Launch League Canvas tool; as well as a suite of planning templates and resources.
The Launch League Let’s Talk Financing Toolkit consists of all the materials facilitators at hubs will need to guide SMMEs through the Let’s Talk Financing process, centred around the Financing Card tool.
The Mentorship & Programme Management Resource Collections contain useful templates, planning documents, and guides for hubs to leverage to run more effective programmes in their communities.
All the Launch League resources are available for download here.
Launch League Hubs Capacity Building
Online courses for hub team members, and events for hubs across the ecosystem to share insights.
The UK-South Africa Tech Hub Launch League has trained 120+ hub and entrepreneur support organisation team members from 20+ organisations across South Africa over the past two years. 250+ individuals also attended virtual meet-ups and our inaugural Un-Conference to share insights and best practice.
Launch League Hub Research
Research into South Africa’s hub, entrepreneur support snd skills development ecosystem.
Launch League conducts research with our hub network, shedding light on the key challenges and opportunities in the sector. To date, Launch League has produced two reports – check out our latest research report.
About the UK-South Africa Tech Hub
The UK-South Africa Tech Hub forms part of the International Tech Hub network delivered by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), under a UK government initiative designed to promote digital inclusion and inclusive growth of the digital ecosystems in partner countries. The International Tech Hubs are expert teams which work to stimulate local digital economies, build high-end digital skills, and forge innovation partnerships between local tech sectors and international businesses. Alongside South Africa, Hubs have been announced for Nigeria, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Brazil to date. Through the Hubs’ activities, entrepreneurs and founders, acquire the skills, resource and support needed to turbocharge their entrepreneurial journey.
Viridian specialises in developing African early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystems through programme design and delivery, research and strategy. It has over 30 combined years of experience supporting entrepreneurs, hubs and investors; and has worked with development agencies, corporates and government departments both across SA and internationally.