Are you a Technology Business

Apply now for this fully funded Business Development and Asset Investment Programme targeting Technology Businesses.

This programme is delivered by YIEDI in partnership with TEEC and sponsored by Giesecke+Devrient

For more information on eligibility criteria and the programme, visit the application link below


Calling all Youth Owned Businesses

Apply now for this fully funded, 3 Month Youth Entrepreneurship Rapid Accelerator. Entries are open to any Youth Owned Business in South Africa.

Get access to structured Learning Paths for Digital, Business and Technical content with one of our international partners, Access to online youth focused business coaching and a digital certificate of attendance from YIEDI.

The top performing Youth Businesses will receive additional mentoring and coaching, cash prizes, sponsor prizes and access to further growth programmes.

Access to the programme is FREE.

The first 150 applications will be accepted. Applications close 30 June 2023

The Standard Bank TVET Entrepreneurial Competition And Program


Are you an Aspiring Entrepreneur? Enter the Standard Bank TVET Competition and Program for aspiring entrepreneurs. Winners of the competition will get access to the YIEDI Business in Box Programme, mentoring and access to Masterclasses, designed to help grow your business idea and set you up for success.

Qualifying Criteria? A full list of T& C's can be found on the application form

• You have an existing business or business idea

• You are studying at a public or private TVET in South Africa

• You are 18 years or older

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges were the top 20 businesses will be selected

Application Process

Please apply using the link below.

Entries should reach us before 31 May 2023.

For more information contact us on [email protected].


Woman in Business Accelerator


WomX is a Woman in Business Accelerator and Networking Community that aims to inspire the next generation of female run businesses.

It offers a customized development programme designed and delivered by a group of successfully woman run businesses, who are also award winning local and global thought leaders and technical experts in their respective fields.

This mentor led programme will be delivered online for 5 months and will require a time commitment of 3 hours every two weeks. If you are selected on the programme, you will also receive access to free online resources as well as exclusive invitations to WomX Networking Events nationally.

If you own a business that is generating a revenue and if you would like to to tap into a like-minded passionate network, apply now. Join a tribe of woman who will help take your business to the next level of growth and give you the confidence to soar. Become part of a network that will be there to support you through your journey.

Our closing date for applications is 20 March 2023 so click the link below to apply today!

Programme starts in April 2023

For more information contact [email protected]

IBM Techscale Accelerator - Applications Open

Calling Technology Businesses with annual Turnovers of over R500k

Applications are now closed!

Do you build products or service clients with solutions that utilise: Data, Analytics and AI, Asset Management and Enterprise resource platforms (Maximo, SAP, etc.), Sustainability solutions (environmental conditions, energy provisioning etc.)?

Do you provide customer value management and campaign automation services (Saleforce, Unica, or Adobe Experience Manager)?

Do you have plans to embed in your solutions AI capabilities or Cloud based software to build better solutions?

We want to meet you.

Applications for the #IBMTechscale Accelerator Co-Hort 5 is now open.

More information on the poster and detailed criteria on the application form.

Applications closed on 20th March 2023!

for more information contact [email protected]

YIEDI Profile

We are passionate about Developing Entrepreneurs

The Youth, Innovation, Entrepreneurship Design Institute (YIEDI) was registered in 2014. It is a BBBEE Level 1, Woman Owned Business.

The company provides consulting, training, facilitation and design support for corporate initiatives around Enterprise and Supplier Development, Incubation Frameworks and implementation, Design Thinking and Innovation as well as Technology Driven Learning Solutions.

YIEDI also creates customised programmes within the space of future skills and technology to change the way staff think, work and behave. Its core focus is on customised Entrepreneurship Development Programmes and Innovation. YIEDI is an accredited training provider on New Venture Creation, and Generic Management and is also accredited for online training delivery

For more information contact us on [email protected] or visit our YouTube Channel for some entrepreneurial inspiration

YIEDI Programmes and Short Courses

Contact us if you need support with your ESD or Staff Development Programmes

YIEDI has delivered several technology and youth focused programmes over that last few years.

We customise our programmes to suit the strategic objectives of our clients

All programmes are delivered by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and our faculty includes over 40 technical experts, all of whom run their own businesses.

Our Clients

Over the years YIEDI, through its founder has delivered programmes for companies across the continent including multi-nationals. The programmes cut across short courses, learnerships, skills programmes. masterclasses, accelerators and customised entrepreneurship and supplier development programmes.

Technology Masterclass

A Recording of our Masterclass in partnership with Tarsus on Demand

This masterclass was delivered on the 29th September 2021 focusing on Digital First Businesses and Digital Ecosystems.

The Masterclass was delivered by Mbe Khumalo, a Programme Manager at YIEDI and Tech Entrepreneur as well as Vinay Hiralall, the General Manager of Demand Generation at Tarsus on Demand.

Testimonials - Entrepreneurs - Swipe Left for More

Gift Lubele

Founder: Kudoti

YIEDI has connected me key decision makers who opened doors for me not only to do business, but to grow as an individual and a leader. 

I appreciate the mentoring, the realistic advice each time I had a complex situation which not only helped me it gave me a new way of doing things. Thank you for caring!

Thato Kgatlhanye

CEO: Seven Twelve Group

YIEDI was able to provide us with advice based on the entrepreneurial ecosystem they play a vital role in, insights on how to best approach access to markets and the good old kick-in-the-butt when need. Most importantly the team helped us avoid a massive number of pitfalls that await many entrepreneurs on their journey and provided the kind of support that ensures capital raised is channelled to parts in the business that helped us scale.

  Secondly, there is a community aspect. When working with YIEDI you join a community of people doing meaningful work and this ultimately gives you perspective on how to best approach challenges that any start-up may face. This gives you a network you can learn from, have fun with, and stay in touch with afterwards.

  Thirdly, they have a good network of people that can open doors for you but most importantly, as an I entrepreneur I felt heard for the first time.

Luke Warner

Ex CEO Integreatme

YIEDI provided key guidance and introductions for us with large corporates who have secured partnership agreements with.

They also gave us the confidence to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams and resign from corporate life to start our now successful business endeavour.

Harmony Mothibe

Founder: BotsZa

It is rare that one can standout and be a selfless individual like Jayshree, the CEO of YIEDI.

I had a pleasure to be mentored by YIEDI and its technical facilitators on IBM Techscale Programme.

YIEDI is passionate about entrepreneurs and people in general.

YIEDI is a vital asset to our country's tech entrepreneurship ecosystem and they earn my highest recommendation

Mishanth Ardithpersad

YIEDI goes beyond the traditional incubator model. They actively seek to create access to market through their extensive network.

Jayshree generously takes the mission of helping others to the next level.

Testimonial - Clients - Swipe Left for More

Maymoona Ismail

Head: Youth Development and Employment : Standard Bank

Jayshree, the CEO of YIEDI is a consummate professional dedicated to creating successful entrepreneurs. YIEDI is passionate about what they do and is dedicated to partnering with their corporate clients to achieve a desired outcome.

Bhavya Rama

Ex Executive : IBM EEIP Programme

IBM through the EEIP sourced the services of YIEDI early in 2019 to deliver on an SMME development programme. To date the working experience with YIEDI has been professional, of high quality, within expectations and timelines and overall highly pleasant.

The team was able to interpret our requirements quickly, analyse them, understand our business and deliver the quality we required/expected.

We have experienced no issues or concerns, in fact commend YIEDI on being so patient with us.  We would highly recommend YIEDI for their services.

Mohlolo Selala

Ex Executive Socio-economic Development – Kagiso Trust

YIEDI was able to create a customised programme for us in line with our strategic priorities and business growth objectives. The team is extremely well connected and professional and their programmes are uniquely designed to create maximum value for the entrepreneur and the sponsoring company.

We were very impressed with the value that entrepreneurs receive and how they managed to use the skills acquired to pivot their businesses during COVID 19. They were also able to seamlessly switch over to online delivery when the lockdown restrictions prevented face to face sessions.

We would highly recommend their services and we will continue to work with them on the delivery of our programmes.

Basha Pillay

Ex Executive : Dimension Data

YIEDI has a natural talent for bringing the right people together. They were able to sense major market themes and can practically create structures and ecosystems through which these themes can be explored and leveraged.

Their sense of social development, coupled with their commercial acumen, creates sustainability through visioning and capacity building. Their work incubating start-ups and providing thought leadership to executives has the power to bridge the gap between these two very different communities.

Loshini Govender

Manager Learning and Development : Standard Bank

YIEDI has partnered with Standard Bank on Staff Development Programmes.

YIEDI is professional and goes over and beyond to ensure that the needs of their clients are met.

They are agile and innovative in their offerings. During lockdown they converted their face to face programme to an online programme with 72 lessons and over 50 videos so that we can assist staff with the re-skilling.

Testimonial - Facilitators and Partners - Swipe Left for More

York Zucchi

In our work across over 83 countries we get to meet a lot of phenomenal organisations but few have impressed us the likes of South Africa's YIEDI, led by Jayshree Naidoo and her team.

What we particularly love is their down to earth, pragmatic approach to solving startup and SME development challenges in a way that really benefits the SMEs but also truly tackles the corporate and government's requirements. They do check all the boxes but go above and beyond to create solutions that are scalable and measurable.

It also helps that the YIEDI team is truly passionate and experienced about making a real difference. We look forward to many more years of collaboration.

Raksha Mahabeer

As a facilitator for many years, I get to work with a variety of clients.

My work with the YIEDI team stands out for many reasons, the quality of the programs produced are a cut above the rest and I feel honoured to contribute to them.

The beneficiaries on programs are well-vetted and are sincerely committed to the process, the admin and support team are professional and efficient, and the relationships established with entrepreneurs are long-standing speaking to the sustained impact.

I simply love working with this team and look forward to many more years of impactful interventions.

Bronwynne Wiehl

My vision as an entrepreneur is to give back & support other entrepreneurs to build their brands. So it was an absolute privilege facilitating two masterclasses for the YIEDI entrepreneurs on all things social media & branding.

I could feel their eagerness to implement & run with whatever they could learn, as soon as they could. What stands out for me is the professionalism of everyone involved. But also the friendliness and openness of how I was treated.

I truly felt part of the Yiedi family. I look forward to seeing phenomenal innovation coming out of the YIEDI entrepreneurs & wish them well going forward!


Are you a Start in any Sector looking for Growth Support?

Apply now for this fully funded Business Development and Asset Investment Programme targeting Startups across any Sector or Growth Stage

This programme is delivered by YIEDI in partnership with TEEC and sponsored by Giesecke+Devrient

For more information on eligibility criteria and the programme, visit the application link below