The Entrepreneurial Planning Institute (EPI) is a non-profit organisation drawing on over a century of combined experience in developing & implementing ESD projects & entrepreneurship programmes in South Africa.
The Institute was conceived in 2015 by a hand-full of South African ESD Practitioners, some whom have been involved in developing small businesses since the late 80s. They were motivated by a wish to contribute to improving the quality of service delivery offered through hundreds of new ESD Programmes & to cover gaps left in the fast-evolving entrepreneurship support & small supplier development eco-system.
The EPI was registered in 2016 as a Non-Profit Company with the mission to develop impactful & meaningful approaches to Enterprise & Supplier Development, and to contribute to increasing the capacity offered through the entrepreneurship support eco-system in Southern Africa.
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We focus on increasing the quality of service delivery offered by ESD Practitioners and reaching sectors which lag behind with integration into industry value chains. Our approach is based on combining international best practice in small business development with locally validated entrepreneurship support practice, delivered through three focus areas:
Collectively our team has more than 100 years experience in ESD — some since the late 80s. We cover a range of competencies for delivery of incubation, acceleration, training, mentorship and coaching programmes.
Our Board of Directors ensure that we stay true to our purpose, while our team of practitioners & project managers are tasked with implementation of impactful programmes.