The support from DISF has been incredible. It has been amazing to have them involved in our journey as we both commercialise
and improve healthcare in South Africa and in the future beyond.
William Mapham, Vula Mobile
As a team, we cannot stress the value that the DISF grant has been able to unlock for our social innovation. The grant has given us the ability to test and validify both business and operational model assumptions in a real world setting with our beneficiaries. As a result, this process has ensured that our product provides a meaningful and relevant impact to its intended beneficiaries. Furthermore, the grant has already de-risked our business substantially as an investment opportunity which will yield tremendous impact into the future. EveryChild is deeply grateful to have received this opportunity.
Lauren Drake, EveryChild
Simply put, projects like this would not get off the ground without the support of the DISF fund and we look forward to the GIS delivering on the fund’s objective to create sustainable IP that contributes to the socioeconomic development of South Africa.
Raphael Smith, BMEC Technologies
The project achieved all of the milestones we set out to achieve – we designed, built and deployed a working product and took it to market. What started as an idea has become a real product and we now have interest not only from within South Africa but from organisations around the world. We have both a small set of users and very big dreams for how to scale and innovate as we grow. The future is bright for Legal Connection and we’re looking to be the biggest and most useful legal technology product in the world.
Guy Stern, Legal Connection
CDI’s guidance and management of the project and funding throughout the application and funding stages of this programme, including through several unforeseen delays as a result of COVID-19 and lockdown regulations, has been invaluable to us.
Matthias Esterhuysen, Steampunk Distilled Products (Pty) Ltd