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SMME Business Hub

Enabling 4IR-Ready Sustainable South African Businesses

SAtion is a 4IR enablement ecosystem that aims to demystify the 4IR, accelerate local innovation and business capabilities to drive economic growth, job creation and inclusive socio-economic progress in South Africa.


As a business owner, we know one of your top concerns are how to move your business forward. With Thinkubate we will help you every step of the way.

Small Medium Business Skilling Project

Time to upskill for your business growth! Save time and money, grow your business, and connect with trusted Microsoft solution providers.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Program

Microsoft is committed to harnessing the power of technology to help everyone, everywhere build a more sustainable future.

Practical Labour Web Tool for South African Small Businesses

Information to make better labour related decisions for your business.

Global Network

As a business owner, you have encountered your business evolving through life stages, and very often not in a linear way at all. Your actions and decisions will differ significantly depending on where you are in your entrepreneurial journey. Thinkubate covers all life stages of a business, with bespoke solutions to keep you moving forward.

We understand the challenges of growing a business all too well. Access to information in the earlier stages of starting a business to access finance and markets becomes very important in the later stages of growth. We aim to make Thinkubate a repository of the best information and resources available to help you systematically grow your business and continuously update the system with the latest trends, links, technology, and information.

SAtion and Thinkroom are offering you, the SMME, a limited number of free Thinkubate licenses to use to grow your business. 

1. If you would like to apply for access to Thinkubate click on the button to complete the form.

2. Based on the qualifying criteria selected by SAtion you will receive feedback on your application.

3. Once your application is approved, you will need to complete a very basic business assessment to help us understand where you are in your business journey and how Thinkubate can best support you. Once this is done, you will receive access to SMME training tailored to help you improve your business health.

Small Medium Business Skilling Project

Grow your business through developing your technical and operational business skills with training brought to you by Microsoft. Join Microsoft digital events and webinars for SMME and learn from other successful businesses through reading their business learnings.

You have got the vision; do you have the skills to establish your brand online? Do you have the skills to protect your SMME business online?

SAtion and Microsoft enable you through Microsoft’s free programs, for instance, Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses. Enhance your digital world opportunity, for example, through the SAtion SMME Business Hub with Microsoft’s #free Social Media Marketing for Small Business course. Click here to access these and other free courses to enable your business to succeed better.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Program

The Microsoft Global Social Entrepreneurship Program supports social impact start-ups with technology, connections, and expertise so they can focus on bringing their big visions to life and making the world a better place.

Now, businesses can look to our core competencies and leverage them in the service of social impact. This allows us to engage our resources and uses tested business practices to supply social entrepreneurs with the best technologies to drive change.

Whether you are an entrepreneur in South Africa, Silicon Valley, India, Dubai, or anywhere else in the world, you get the same robust offering.

Eligible Participants can receive:

  1. Up to $120,000 in Azure credits.
  2. Subscriptions for Visual Studio, Office 365, Dynamics, and GitHub Enterprise.
  3. Enterprise-grade Azure support and access to engineers.
  4. Community Building/Exchange.
  5. Go-to-market support.
Terms and conditions apply

Who is Eligible:

Microsoft welcomes any social impact start-up from around the globe to apply to our program. Microsoft looks for commercial and non-commercial organisations and start-ups whose primary product and/or service contributes to the attainment of one or more of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Microsoft Global Social Entrepreneurship Program initiative is designed to help social business start-ups to build and scale their businesses, to do good, globally. If you have any questions about how your work fits in, ask/contact Microsoft SA.

Practical Labour Web Tool for South African Small Businesses

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have collaborated to launch a free-to-use Web Tool dedicated to helping smaller businesses with labour relations processes and matters. The Web Tool will assist you to understand how to apply labour law to run your business effectively. The Tool will also make sure that you know how to appoint the right people for your organisation, manage your employees effectively in a fair and productive workplace, and be prepared for ending employment in a way that benefits all.

How the Web Tool Will Help Small Business

The Web Tool is designed to:

  • Cut red tape and associated costs of labour relations compliance for small business.
  • Contribute to workplace stability for small business owners.
  • Improve employer and employee understanding of the Employment Laws.
  • Improve legislative compliance and push for formalising small businesses.
  Value Add
  • The Web Tool is targeted at small businesses, but is generally accessible to the public free of charge.
  • The Web Tool provides step-by-step guidance on employment law compliance requirements and is a self-help tool that demystifies labour relations.
  • The Web Tool minimises the need to find and pay consultants or labour lawyers for basic industrial relations processes.