Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour.
BICSA was registered as a Non Profit Company during the last quater of 2014 as a joint venture between SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency), DGRV (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation) and the SACB (South African Chamber of Banking).
The Purpose Of The NPO Is To Deliver The Following:
Food Technology Incubation Program
It is an unique and highly flexible combination of business development processes, infrastructure and people designed to nurture and grow new and small businesses, products, innovations and entrepreneurs by supporting them through the early stages of development.
1. PRE INCUBATION (6 MONTHS)
2. INCUBATION (24 MONTHS)
Advisory service (set up, funding, selection of premises, acquisition of equipment, etc.)
Manufacturing and production skills
Food safety, preservation and packaging
Testing of equipment
Training on machinery and equipment
Ingredient selection and access to suppliers
Health and safety
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY
Technical assistance and training
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
Business concept and revenue model
Organizational processes and ownership
Strategic management and planning
Human resource management
Assistance with design of the business
Assistance with marketing, branding, sales and customer relations
Financial planning and budgeting
General compliance with laws and regulations including health & fire compliance certificates
Access to professional bodies through the Incubation
Business and product innovation: New types of food ventures
New Innovative products, i.e. bread baked with potato or sweet potato flour. Health benefits for people with wheat or gluten intolerance as well as producing a good quality, alternative product that is healthy but affordable.
Innovative marketing and customer communication, the use of internet, website and social media. Access to information technology.
3. POST-INCUBATION & GRADUATION
Support provided by BICSA comes in the following forms