Frequently Asked Questions

You're not quite sure whether to apply for our Food System Incubation programme and you still have questions? 
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

They are sorted by category so feel free to scroll down and contact us if you still can't find your answer!  

About Oribi

Does Oribi invest in entrepreneurs?

 We provide grant funding to 1-2 selected entrepreneurs who have completed the Food System programme and show great promise. We are not an investment or grant-making organisation.

About the Food System Incubation Programme

What kind of businesses can apply?

We’re looking for food businesses looking to make a positive impact in South Africa that have the potential to scale. We welcome businesses that are anywhere from 6 month – 3 years old.

What is a Food System business?

A Food System business is a business that is working on solutions across the food value chain. We think about the food system from farm to plate! That includes people working in agriculture, food supply chains, AgriTech, Farmer Support & Education, advocacy or consumer marketing.

How much does this programme cost?

We ask entrepreneurs in the programme to contribute to a business stokvel up to R1000 p/month. As a collective, you will decide how to use the savings or pay-it-forward.

Does Oribi only work with women and young people?

No, we encourage all Food Business social entrepreneurs to apply. Howether, during the Food System programme, we help entrepreneurs understand what it means to be more gender inclusive as it is very important to us.

What do I get if I join the programme?

Once you’re selected to join the programme, you will get access to industry experts and a mentor, coaching and all the resources you’ll need to work through your business idea, go-to-market, and investor readiness. 

How much time will I need to dedicate towards the programme?

This programme requires weekly engagement. You’ll need to set aside 4-6 hours a month (which includes meeting with your mentor and coach). That said, the more time you put into your business through this programme, the more value you’ll receive out of it.

About My Application

How will Oribi evaluate the applications?

We evaluate applications based on our entry criteria:

• Early-stage social enterprises and non-profits (6m - 3yrs)

• Potential to create social economic and environmental value

• Well-tested idea with validated proof of concept

• Proven capacity to generate revenue

Does it matter if I didn’t fill in everything on the form?

No. We encourage all entrepreneurs to complete as much as they can on the form to the best of your ability. We understand that not everything will be relevant to everyone.

How and when will I know if I’ve been successful?

You will receive an email before the 25th of July letting you know whether you’ve been selected to join the Bridging the Gaps Innovation Challenge.