Welcome to the National Empowerment Fund’s SMME Entrepreneurship Training page!

We are glad that you are interested in the programme and have taken the time to visit the page to find out more about the programme. Being an entrepreneur is possibly one of the most difficult and most rewarding ventures one can embark on. We, as the NEF understand and empathise with the struggles and sacrifices that entrepreneurs make on daily basis.


As part of our mandate as the NEF, we offer financial and non-financial support to black entrepreneurs in South Africa. It is our aim to support and develop black businesses from all corners of South Africa, especially in rural, peri-urban and in townships. It is in our best interest to ensure that you as an entrepreneur grow and take your business to the next level in order to grow the South African economy.


The Pre-Investment Business Unit is offering two SMME Entrepreneurship Training Programmes through it's implementation partner, Mint Fresh Advisory Services - a 6-week Start-up Programme and a 10-week Emerging Entrepreneurship Programme.


The 6-week Start-up Programme is for enterprises that have been in operation for a of between 0-2 years, while the 10-week Emerging Entrepreneurship Programme is designed for businesses that have been running for 3+ years.


Part of the benefit of attending the training programme include building business and finance knowledge, personal mastery to personally develop as an entrepreneur. You will also be afforded the opportunity to pitch for funding to the NEF and other funders at the end of the programme.


The training is offered at no cost to you, the entrepreneur. If you are willing to invest two days in a week for the duration of the training programme  in yourself and your business, and participate in one of the qualifying programmes, please click the button below to register.







North West


Mpumalanga/Limpopo/Northern Cape



Established by the National Empowerment Fund Act No 105 of 1998 (NEF Act), the National Empowerment Fund (the NEF) is a driver and thought-leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation by providing financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses, and by promoting a culture of savings and investment among black people. The operations of the NEF are governed by the Public Finance Management Act No 1 of 1991 (PFMA), including the National Treasury Regulations, the King III Report on Governance for South Africa and the Protocol on Corporate Governance in the Public Sector, 2002.

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