About FutureMakers

Telkom FutureMakers was launched in 2015 as the Enterprise and Supplier development unit of Telkom. To date, the programs have supported just over 2500 small, medium, and micro-sized enterprises through incubation, investment, connectivity, and business development support services.

FutureMakers priority pillars include:


Diverse value chain programs
(programs include Telkom Consumer 3rd party sales dealers, BCX Subcontracting and the flagship Independent Field Technicians program that supports Openserve network maintenance businesses)

Township Economy
(Township Innovation Incubator)

(Corporate Innovation Accelerator)

Venture Capital Fund
(IDF Fund and I'm In Accelerator)


Telkom has a committed capital of R250 million which is managed by IDF Capital on Telkom’s behalf to invest in innovative technology businesses at seed capital stage to growth stage. Investments are made by way of equity, quasi-equity, and debt.

For more information on the Venture Capital fund, visit: https://www.idf.co.za/Solutions/Entrepreneurs/Telkom-FutureMakers

Calling all tech-driven social entrepreneurs!

Do you have an amazing business idea and not sure where to start?

Applications are now open for the Telkom FutureMakers Township Innovation Incubator Programme that will enable, empower, and inspire ICT-innovators to address challenges faced in local communities, that will contribute to the township economy.

The 18-month long, virtual programme, offers small, medium, and micro-sized businesses incubation, investment, connectivity, and business development support services. Participants will be educated on digital skills, access to funding, entering the market, business development, and more.

Join the Telkom FutureMakers’ Township Innovation Incubator Programme, which will help you grow your business with access to tech development support, financial and non-financial support to growth stage.

Click here to apply!

Township Innovation Incubator by Telkom Futuremakers

About the programme:

The Township Innovation Incubator is an 18 month virtual technology business programme powered by Telkom enabling township based - technology social entrepreneurs to access technology development support, financial and non-financial business support services to turn their ideas into viable and scalable solutions addressing social challenges in their communities and the broader market.


We are looking for 15 budding social entrepreneurs in Soweto with innovative tech ideas to solve a social challenge in their community:

Qualifying Criteria:
  • Idea/Concept leveraging technology to solve a social challenge.
  • Founders have to based and intend to operate their businesses in Soweto
  • Have a technology-driven idea/concept that solves a social challenge
  • 51%+ Black-owned South African entity
  • The Entrepreneur must possess a high caliber of an entrepreneurial mindset (e.g. Risk Taker, Problem Solver, Curiosity, Leadership, Strategic Thinking, Innovator)
Value Offering
  • technology development,
  • business development services,
  • digital skills training,
  • office space,
  • access to market
  • Access to funding support

I hope you are excited as much we are about this game-changer project, as indicated above we are taking on a limited number of entrepreneurs into this programme so do not miss out and click the link below to be considered for this opportunity.


Click Here to Apply   Application deadline: 11 December 2020