Youth Pipeline Development Programme




To improve the readiness of potential applicants and thereby increase their probability for IDC consideration.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Available to youth-owned businesses (irrespective of whether it qualifies for Gro-E Youth or not);
  • Application must meet IDC sector and funding limits;
  • Applicant can be start-up or expansion;
  • Pre-BA assistance:
    • Proposal must pass a readiness assessment and in-principle go-ahead from sector SBU Head;
    • To bring an application to bankable stage, including detailed marketing studies, mentoring, technical assessments, sourcing and negotiating with suitable suppliers, costing of products, QS costings, EIAs etc.); and
    • Up to 6% of potential investment amount up to a maximum of R350 000.
  • Post approval assistance:
    • Pre implementation – for assistance required in meeting/ clearing of CPs (must be specific and be supported by cost estimates, with clear milestones with regards to objectives and skills transfer);
    • Implementation – for in depth mentoring and coaching as well as any other business support required for up to 2 years; and
    • Up to 40% of the investment amount or a maximum of R1.5 million.
  • Interventions provided during pre-BA and pre-implementation stages must not take more than 6 months to be completed.

Instruments and Pricing

  • Loans and grants (50:50); and
  • Prime; repayable after IDC’s normal debt, subordinated in terms of cash-flow and security.