Client: National Treasury: Government Technical Advisory Centre
This synthesis evaluation for National Treasury’s Government Technical Advisory Centre, Jobs Fund synthesised and compared the findings from the comparative analysis of the three business incubators (The Awethu Project, A2Pay, and Black Shanduka Umbrellas) in order to combine lessons and gain insight into which incubation and enterprise development models are most effective, replicable and scalable for the South African labour market. The data collection phase included a review of the international and South African literature on incubator model good practices, face-to-face interviews with incubator managers as well as clients, four incubator client focus groups (male and female entrepreneurs), and a incubator client/ incubate survey of 318 clients across the three incubators. Good practices for business incubator models were identified. Conclusions were made regarding the effectiveness of business incubators supporting both informal and informal businesses to create jobs as well as the relative value for money of different incubator models.