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+01:00Sep 2nd, 2020|News|0 Comments

Relief funding available for businesses on CDI Growth Fund

The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) has secured R9.5m of COVID-19 relief funding for businesses it supports as part of its CDI Growth Fund. The CDI Growth Fund is a grant fund specifically for growing South African small businesses who need a cash injection. The Growth Fund is managed by CDI Capital, which was incorporated [...]

By |2020-07-01T10:02:59+01:00Jul 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

Vula Mobile on the digital frontline in fight against COVID-19

Cape Town based technology start-up Vula Mobile has been on the digital frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. A recipient of CDI’s Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) grant funding, Vula’s interventions have been numerous, including a National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) helpline for healthcare workers; a public facing hotline with 400 Volunteers; and creating a [...]

By |2020-06-17T15:03:01+01:00Jun 17th, 2020|News|0 Comments

New grant funding round for cutting-edge local technologies

Applications are now open for the Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) – Western Cape based 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). [...]

By |2020-03-18T08:47:11+00:00Mar 18th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Growth Fund nears target as new SMEs are signed up

Above: Namekhotha Trading (Pty) Ltd in Kuruman has created 30 jobs to date The CDI Growth Fund received a further 318 applications during its mid-2019 call window and the Fund is due to complete contracts with the final set of small businesses who will benefit from the CDI’s current funding allocation to scale up and [...]

By |2020-02-03T09:07:15+00:00Nov 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments

R2.7m in grants on third round of DISF

The CDI’s Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) is currently in its third round of funding and is supporting five local innovations – the grant funding has enabled these businesses to reach important development milestones and has helped them to unlock further investment from the private sector. The DISF funds designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers [...]

By |2020-02-03T08:54:37+00:00Nov 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments

CDI Growth Fund opens for new round of applications

Above: Pesto Princess is one of the current recipients of the CDI Growth Fund (http://pesto.co.za/) A new application round has opened for the R12.8million CDI Growth Fund to boost SME growth and job creation. The CDI Growth Fund is a grant fund specifically for growing South African small businesses who need a cash injection to [...]

By |2019-07-19T17:26:01+01:00Jun 12th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Recipients announced for Design Innovation Seed Fund 3

After receiving over 60 applications through a public call at the end of 2017, the CDI – through its subsidiary CDI Capital – completed its shortlisting for round three of the Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF). It has recently begun to disburse grants to the innovations that were approved by the DISF Investment Committee. The [...]

By |2018-10-24T14:35:46+01:00Oct 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

DISF second round recipients take further steps

About 18 months ago, seven Western Cape entrepreneurs received grants of up to half a million Rands each from the second round of the Design Innovation Seed Fund (DISF) – we caught up with them to find out how things are progressing with their cutting-edge innovations. The DISF is a project of the Craft and [...]

By |2018-08-10T09:38:49+01:00Aug 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments

New application round opens for Growth Fund

A new application round has opened for the R12.8million Growth Fund to boost SME growth and job creation. The Growth Fund is a grant fund specifically for growing South African small businesses who need a cash injection to scale up further and create jobs. The Growth Fund is managed by CDI Capital, which was incorporated [...]

By |2018-06-29T08:57:23+01:00Jun 8th, 2018|News|0 Comments