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CDI Growth Fund 2022 – Aegir Project Brewery: The benefits of funding for expansion and job creation

CDI Capital is a niche emerging impact funder, and subsidiary of the Craft + Design Institute (CDI) non-profit and the implementing partner of the CDI Growth Fund. As an impact funder, CDI Capital is committed to creating positive social and economic impact in the SMME sector and the South African economy. The CDI Growth Fund [...]

By |2022-12-20T12:35:02+00:00December 20th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Design Innovation Seed Fund: Meet South African innovator LIQID Medical

The DISF funds designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers with pre-revenue innovative technologies and tech-enabled ideas and products on an 80:20 split. These individuals/businesses are not able to raise funds easily from traditional banks or funding agencies because of the high risk associated with early-stage innovations. The DISF is a project of the Craft and [...]

By |2022-12-12T11:47:21+00:00December 12th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Key milestone achieved on CDI Growth Fund – 639 jobs contracted

The CDI Growth Fund has achieved an important milestone with its portfolio of 27 SMMEs – it has now reached a total of 639 contracted jobs, which is 7% above target. CDI Capital is a niche emerging impact funder, and subsidiary of the Craft + Design Institute (CDI) non-profit and the implementing partner of the CDI [...]

By |2022-10-24T10:19:18+01:00October 24th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Design Innovation Seed Fund Impact (DISF) achieves key target with new innovations supported

After opening a new round of application in July 2022, the DISF has now met its target with regards to the number of projects onboarded in its current allocation of funding. The DISF funds designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers with pre-revenue innovative technologies and tech-enabled ideas and products on an 80:20 split. These individuals/businesses [...]

By |2022-10-24T10:14:24+01:00October 24th, 2022|News|0 Comments

New grant funding round for cutting-edge local technologies

Applications are now open for the Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) – designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers with pre-revenue innovations can apply for grant funding of up to R800 000. The DISF is a project of the Craft and Design Institute (CDI) with investment funds provided by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and support from [...]

By |2022-07-06T09:55:24+01:00July 6th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Design Innovation Seed Fund Impact Report 2022: Discover how our grant funding has helped local innovators

The DISF provides grant funding on an 80:20 split to designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers with pre-revenue innovative technologies and tech-enabled ideas and products, to help them take the next step towards commercialisation. These businesses are generally not able to raise funds easily from traditional banks or funding agencies because of the risks involved. [...]

By |2022-06-04T16:07:48+01:00June 4th, 2022|News|0 Comments

APPLICATIONS OPEN: CDI Capital Growth Fund

Despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and other shocks to our economy, there are green shoots of growth in some sectors - this includes, for example, small businesses who have focussed on ecommerce and digital services. Capitalising on and funding this growth potential will be key to rebuilding the local economy. With this in [...]

By |2021-07-23T10:26:01+01:00July 23rd, 2021|News|0 Comments

R4m in grants made to date to support local innovation

Our Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF), in its current active rounds of funding, has supported nine projects to date through grants of over R4m in total. The funding has enabled these projects to reach important development milestones with their innovations. The DISF funds designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers with pre-revenue innovative technologies and tech-enabled [...]

By |2021-03-14T21:45:28+00:00March 14th, 2021|News|0 Comments

CDI Growth Fund ahead of targets for job creation despite COVID-19

Image above: Barrydale Hand Weavers The third quarter of 2020/21 has so far been the best quarter yet for the CDI’s Growth Fund with 156 new employee contracts signed by the participating businesses. In total there are 22 SMMEs on the Growth Fund who have created 391 new jobs, putting the project 35% ahead of [...]

By |2021-03-14T21:39:46+00:00March 14th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Support rolled out for businesses on CDI Growth Fund

The CDI has over the past two months approved applications and is contracting for R7.5m in COVID-19 Relief Aid financial support with the businesses on the CDI Growth Fund. In addition, training and business advisory services have been made available to the business owners to help them through the challenges brought on by the pandemic. [...]

By |2020-09-02T15:33:13+01:00September 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments
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