50 entrepreneurs set to benefit from Job Booster Programme
JOHANNESBURG - Online ecosystem for small business development, Kuba has announced the launch of a new Job Booster programme aimed at accelerating job creation through supporting and empowering micro-enterprises in South Africa.
The company secured funding in September 2020 and signed an agreement with Job Booster, an international youth employment program driven by the Woord en Daad Foundation in the Netherlands.
The pilot programme will equip 50 entrepreneurs with business training via Kuba’s online courses as well as access to their GrowMyBiz Starter kit.
This programme comes after the introduction of lockdown regulations, where companies were forced to pivot in order to stay ahead of the curve.
Jacques Sibomana, Founder and Managing Director of Kuba, said, “We believed that the lockdown regulations presented an opportunity to empower our users with educational courses that will assist them to navigate the current norm. It resulted in the launch of the Kuba Job Booster Programme.”
David Fair, Job Booster Country Lead, believes that the programme will help unlock the abundant potential in these young entrepreneurs.
“By providing the core skills required to run and grow a business we will do more than create jobs - we will create job creators,” Fair said.
The goal of the initiative is that each candidate will double their revenue and create at least one new job in his/her business after completing the programme.
“We’ll be enabling individuals to scale small businesses, increase revenue for themselves and create jobs for others,” said Sibomana.
Part of Kuba’s scaling strategy was joining a tech-specific co-working space to connect with other entrepreneurs and tap into the expertise of those within the ecosystem.
“For an entrepreneur, operating in isolation is a hard and long road - the advice, support and assistance a start-up gets is important to aid it in its journey.”
Charmaine Lambert of workspace Absa WorkInProgress says, “This funding agreement signed by Jacques and his team isn’t just a Kuba win, but a win for our entire entrepreneurial network and the greater start-up community. The lockdown had devastating effects on so many small businesses and we’re immensely proud that a member of our community found an opportunity in tough times and is sharing it with other entrepreneurs who want to make a difference.”
The programme will also provide the necessary tools that increase the potential of these businesses to grow, as well as the information and skills required to manage a small business.