The Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy offers a fully funded 8-month incubation program designed for aspiring artisan entrepreneurs specializing in Plumbing and Electrical trades.

How to Apply to Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy 2024
How to Apply to Allan Gray Makers StartUp Academy 2024

This in-person, full-time program begins on April 15, 2024.

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Program Highlights

– Training in Entrepreneurial Mindset, New Venture Creation, Marketing and Sales, Business Management, Financial Management, Branding, E-skills for business, and Personal Mastery.
– Opportunities for team collaboration and networking with other businesses.
– Personal Mentorship, Business Shadowing, Industry-Expert Coaches, and Business Advisory.
– Access to markets, emphasizing making your first sale.
– Office Space provided.
– Support to initiate your business and prepare for your Trade test.
– Graduates receive life-long support.

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The StartUp Academy is funded by Allan Gray Makers, covering all program costs, along with a basic transport allowance. Applicants are only required to contribute their commitment, time, and energy.


– Age between 18-34 years.
– South African citizen or permanent resident.
– Completion of a relevant learning program in Plumbing or Electrical Trades with N6 and 18 months apprenticeship.
– Qualification to take a trade test (holding a trade test certificate is advantageous).
– Locations: Gauteng (Johannesburg City, Ekurhuleni City, Mogale City, and Ruimsig), Mpumalanga (Gert Sibanda Municipality), Kwa-Zulu Natal (Ethekwini District), and Eastern Cape (Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan).
– Industry focus: Plumbing & Electrical.
– Intentions: Aspiring business ownership.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024. For inquiries or assistance, contact the StartUp Academy Selection Team at



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