Soweto Business Hub was founded as a non-profit organisation in 2018. We empower entrepreneurs and small business owners through a range of activities. Affordable office space allows running a business in a prime location. Training, coaching and networking facilitate growth and profitability. Our activities are financed through a hybrid model that generates income through rental and fundraising. Surplus funds are used to provide meeting space and empowerment of other local non-profit organisations.
Apart from the smaller NPOs that are supported, the main projects that are funded currently are:
Lerato Educational Centre
Lerato Educational Centre – a learning centre for 500 children in the South of Johannesburg (leratoeducation.org). A support programme for high-school learners. Providing various student bursaries. Facilitating learnership programmes in the South of Joburg and Soweto.
Challenges with the learnership groups led to the idea of creating a business centre: It was difficult to find suitable training facilities in Soweto. Learners who completed programmes found themselves in a situation where starting a business was virtually impossible (lack of affordable office space; no access to further training, mentoring, funding and networking).
It also turned out that other NGOs and small community forums find it difficult to find suitable meeting spaces. Soweto Business Hub addresses these challenges by offering a dynamic space where a community of young entrepreneurs and small business owners can prosper.