About the IDC


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Established in 1940, we are a national development finance institution set up to promote economic growth and industrial development. We are owned by the South African government under the supervision of the Economic Development department.

Our mission

The IDC's primary objectives are to contribute to the creation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in South Africa and on the rest of the continent.

We promote entrepreneurship through the building of competitive industries and enterprises based on sound business principles.

Our vision

We aim to be the primary source of commercially sustainable industrial development and innovation to benefit both South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Our values

Everything we do is directed by our values:

  • Passion
  • Partnership
  • Professionalism

Core strategies

  • Serving as a catalyst for balanced, sustainable development;
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities not addressed by the market; and
  • Providing risk capital in partnership with the private and public sector.

Contact Us

Finance by sector
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How to apply for funding
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Agency Development & Support

Open Innovation

Corporate Social Investment

Distressed Fund


Women Entrepreneurial Fund

Green Energy Efficiency Fund

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Entrepreneur’s Briefcase

IDC Annual Results

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