Apply to join the J&B Hive community.

We look for entrepreneurs at the forefront of creative culture, and have a proven track record of success in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We think of our entrepreneur community as independent spirits working together for the win. We look for creative entrepreneurs who work in innovation and design, or bring culture to life through travel, music, fashion, film and photography. We also welcome those who curate good times, events and food & drink experiences.

Our offer to you .

Tier 1 – Community member

  • Access to infrastructure, including a workspace and event venue in Braamfontein, audio-equipment, computers and WIFI
  • A networked community who love to collaborate and share skills & learnings to drive mutual success
  • A regular cycle of events both social & learning based to network among the wider Johannesburg creative community

Tier 2 – Accelerator member

 

  • All the tier 1 AND…
  • Specialist mentoring, coaching and skills training to arm you with the right tools to achieve your vision
  • Financial investment to support you in the growth of your business

What we ask for in return the win win win .

Core to our ethos is exploring how we can come together to create mutually beneficial partnerships with our members, our community and our funding partners, J&B whisky. We then require that:

  • You are able to demonstrate the win for your business by being a part of the J&B Hive. We want to know how our investment will help your business grow to the next level
  • You are able to demonstrate the win you will bring to the J&B Hive community.  We want to see your drive to collaborate with others in the community where there is a natural meeting point. Also consider how you will narrate your journey of success to the broader creative community – we’re all about sharing successes, especially those we’ve made happen together!
  •  You are able to share your ideas (as part of your pitch) for how you would integrate J&B into your business activity in new and interesting ways

The application process .

Applications open: Monday 9 September and close Friday 11 october 2019 at midday (CAT).
Please note all fields on the application form must be completed and the criteria outlined below fully met in order to be considered for the shortlist.

On-boarding week: 22 – 25 October 2019
All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a fully immersive on-boarding week designed to set you and your business up for success.

The week will include pitch training and a range of other master-classes & workshops from entrepreneurs who are already driving change in their field.
You’ll also get to meet existing entrepreneurs within the community and get to know the team who will support you going forward should your application be successful.

Pitch panels: 5 – 7 November 2019
A final selection of entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch to a panel to outline how they would like the J&B Hive to support them1

Key criteria for applications .

  • You, your business partners & employees must all be over 18 years of age
  • Your target market must also be over the age of 18
  • You and/or your business should be based in the Johannesburg area or be able to travel to the city at least twice a month to actively participate in the community
  • Your business needs to have moved beyond an idea. As a minimum, you need a proof of concept and applicants will have a greater chance of success if they can demonstrate this
  • All those successfully shortlisted must be available from 22 – 25 October 2019 to fully take part in the on-boarding process. This is a mandatory part of the selection process
  • Pitches will then take place on 5 & 7 November 2019 in 20 minute slots

Please note: Upon submission and your acceptance to share your ideas and/or confidential information with J&B Hive and its affiliated partners, you agree to be protected and bound by the terms of the NDA governing the relationship. In terms of the said NDA, we as J&B Hive, on behalf of affiliates, agree to protect your ideas and/or confidential information and therefore we shall not share nor execute nor disclose any information without your written consent.

*Not for persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly.

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