We are pleased to announce the start of ORIBI's 4th cohort of social entrepreneurs in South Africa.

This cohort will focus on food innovators, looking for solutions that address the challenges of over-industrialization, accessibility and transparency to create a fairer and more resilient food system for all.

A 9-month business development program starting in August 2020

From farm to fork, let’s create a more sustainable and equitable food system!

Application is now closed

Contact for more info

To learn more about our incubation program and hear from our previous incubatees, please watch this recording of our recent webinar.

Our 3 main areas of focus are:




Your business focuses on agricultural production, creation and generation of food. You are committed to transparency, resilience and sustainability (financial, but also environmental).



Your business acts as a bridge between the agricultural world and the city, the informal economy and the formal economy.

You provide greater access of food products from source to customer.



Your business transforms and sells finished products directly to consumers or the supply chain (health products, restaurants, etc.).

You design and market sustainable and impactful solutions.

Growing &


Logistics &


Product Innovation & Processing

 Our key drivers for success:



Circular economy



Data Analytics & 




Sustainability & Regeneration

Why join us?

Business fundamentals: together with food industry specialists, we teach you everything you need to run a successful business.

From ideation to investment readiness:

a step-by-step approach that fits your own pace and needs. 

Community: join an international network of mentors, innovators, researchers, policy makers and corporates to boost your business!

Online and in-person program: get unlimited access to e-learning tools & content, access weekly business skills workshops, attend food innovation masterclasses and participate in Learning Expeditions.


Be part of our community: we provide you with individual mentoring sessions, access to a vibrant co-working space (Cape Town), events, webinars and more.

What do you get?

Who can apply?

Your business is located in South Africa and fits within one of our 3 focus areas.

Your solution is socially and/or

environmentally-minded, and impact oriented.

Your service or product is already on the market or soon to be available.
You can commit to one day a week to trainings and coaching sessions.

Only R300 per month.


Gives you full access to our community.


Our partners sponsor the rest of your fees!


The only thing we ask from you is to commit, and give back to the community

by actively building thriving, impactful economic opportunities!

What is the cost?

Incubation Program Timeline

10 JUNE 2020

20 JULY 2020

30 JULY 2020

Start call for applications

Deadline for applications

Start of the bootcamp

August 2020:

Start of the incubation program

5 AUGUST 2020

4 NOV 2020

3 MARCH 2021


Boost Phase


Go To Market!


Get Investment Ready!

May 2021:

End of the incubation program

Meet our Alumni/ae

Through weekly workshops, masterclasses and individual mentoring sessions,

our entrepreneurs are given the tools they need to turn ideas into sustainable business models.
Here are some examples:

  • Shop It was a finalist in the MIT Innovation Challenge Africa 2019.

  • Umthunzi Farming Community was finalist in the Food XX Women Awards 2020 in the categories 'sustainability' and 'farming'.

  • Making Kos was also chosen as a finalist in the Food XX Women Awards 2020 but in the categories 'heritage' and 'food educator'.

We are very proud of what our entrepreneurs have achieved. Here are some examples:

Our Collaborators

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