UpLift youth entrepreneur programme

Creating ecosystems of opportunity


UpLift is driving skills development and creating sustainable income opportunities for youth

Unlocking opportunities for young entrepreneurs is an important part of South Africa’s economic recovery and growth. UpLift seeks to connect aspiring youth to sustainable income opportunities, by helping to identify community needs and opening microbusinesses to address these needs. Keeping a keen eye on supply and demand, UpLift supports entrepreneurs as they test and grow their businesses.

Unlocking potential through skills training

With a persistent shortage of formal employment in South Africa, UpLift works on the ground to unlock the economic potential of young entrepreneurs.

We do this through interactive learning activities, including:

Skills training workshops
Business coaching and mentorship
Investor-readiness support
Practical business tools
Programme impact in 2023
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Innovation Hub established in KwaZulu-Natal in partnership with The Litterboom Project


First cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs completed online training in partnership with Startup School


Wastepreneur pilot completed in partnership with The Litterboom Project; 2nd cohort in training

Our Footprint
* Figures will be audited and updated in FY2024.
UpLift is creating hope for youth by testing and growing new opportunities
  • The six-month Wastepreneur Programme in Durban is training entrepreneurs to unlock the value of plastic waste. Our new Innovation Hub in Cornubia (Durban) is an industrious operating hub where wastepreneurs repurpose waste using newly-acquired skills in production, pattern making and mechanics. We are proud to partner The Litterboom Project in these intiatives.

  • The 12-week Entrepreneurship Development Programme helps youth turn their ideas and side hustles into success stories. This fully-online programme, offered in partnership with Startup School, provides a comprehensive curriculum covering business planning, marketing strategies and financial management, networking opportunities and access to expert coaches and seasoned entrepreneurs.
  • The Grassroots Entrepreneurial Programme, offered in partnership with Niya Consulting, is uplifting post-matrics and graduates in Hammarsdale and KwaMashu, with business mentoring and coaching, and access to market as per their individual entrepreneurial needs.  


Waste not, want not

“The Wastepreneur Programme has changed my life in all kinds of ways. It has given me financial freedom. It has given me more ideas. It has given me life. If I didn’t do this, I think I would still be sitting at home without a job.”

Nelson Dumakude

1st Graduate of the Wastepreneur Programme

The Litterboom Project
Our stories
Partner with us

UpLift collaborates with like-minded partners to identify gaps in local markets and create sustainable small businesses. Contact us to discuss partnership opportunities – and let’s supercharge the future!

Our partners
Answers to the most frequently asked
questions about UpLift

We run various programmes under UpLift. As a minimum, candidates should be unemployed South African citizens, aged 18 to 33, with no criminal record.

Currently, candidates do not apply to us. As far as possible, we source applicants online and from communities where training will be held. We engage with communities for suitable applicants to ensure we are working with, and uplifting, the target community.

We run various programmes under UpLift, ranging from the 12-week online Startup School programme to six-month wastepreneur training.

Training for the wastepreneur programme is held in Durban. Startup School is an online-based programme and is not location specific. 

No, although preference is given to candidates who live in, or near, communities where UpLift is expanding into.

On successful completion of training, candidates will be mentored on their entrepreneurial journey.
No, UpLift does not provide sponsorships. Please see Mr Price Foundation’s donation request application page.
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