SMME and Entrepreneur programme

Are you looking for your next business move?

Are you an SMME or did you launch a new innovative business unit and are interested in showcasing your business to an audience of potential buyers, investors and business partners? Then we need you to join the Initiate! SMME and Entrepreneur programme!

This is your way in and up! 

This is your way in and up! 

You will be able to showcase your business to the entire Enlit Africa network, exhibit your solution on the Initiate! Hub on the digital exhibition floor, connect and brainstorm with the incumbents in the industry, as well as gain access to those professionals ready to accelerate your product or service.

We will help you connect with the industry digitally when we are not allowed to in person!

We have 10 spots available on the Initiate! Digital Exhibition Hub

We have 10 spots available on the Initiate! Digital Exhibition Hub

You stand a chance to win an exclusive digital exhibition space to showcase your solutions, do business with and network amongst key accelerators, innovation managers and VC’s. 

As our way of giving back to the industry and making an impact, we are offering a few FREE EXHIBITION spots on the Initiate! Digital SMME Hub.

Apply for a Free Exhibition Spot  

Ready To Take Advantage Of This FREE Opportunity To Unlock Your Business Opportunities With Initiate?

Apply now to stand a chance to win:

Apply now to stand a chance to win:

  • FREE exhibition space at the initiate! SMME Hub during Enlit Africa.
  • An exclusive dedicated space on Enlit Africa's digital platform valued at R59,400 ex vat.
  • Exposure and networking opportunities with the top power, energy and water decision-makers.






Do you qualify?

Do you qualify?


  • Software startups can be max. 5 years old and hardware startups max. 8 years old
  • Must have a first prototype and/or pilots
  • Must have a minimum of 3 staff members per smme
  • Focus is Innovation in the areas of smart homes, meters & grids, collective and decentralized energy generation & distribution, smart generation, energy reduction and energy usage awareness, Examples include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Electricity Transformation,  Energy Efficiency Building Services, Solar and Storage.
  • Have not exhibited at any previous editions of Enlit Africa
 Important Dates

 Important Dates

Final call for Applications: 20 May 2021

Announcement of Finalists: 25 May 2021

Show Dates:  8 - 10 June 2021





  • "The experience was phenomenal. It was different and inspiring, as one has always been to exhibitions as a day visitor. The networking opportunities are amazing, and it was also a learning curve as a young entrepreneur with a lot still to learn."
    Kabelo Thinane
  • "This participation has created a platform for me to interact and gain knowledge from industry leaders and also made me aware of other initiatives happening within the various spaces that Energy Dots operates."
    Banele Manana
    Energy Dots (Pty) Ltd
  • "It was an opportunity of a lifetime I would have never gotten such an opportunity to meet different suppliers from different countries and make new contacts".
    Sibongile Ndebele
    Robon Electrical Services
  • "It was the perfect platform to meet people from all over, the world and share ideas".
    Zharon Damonse
    Sea Breeze Community Development
  • "It helped me to grow my business and be exposed to the industry".
    Nontlanhla Nkosi
    Uketshezi (Pty)Ltd

Get in Touch To Guarantee your digital exhibition space at Initiate!

Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

Gold Sponsor

  • Lucy Electric
  • Conlog
  • Landis+Gyr
  • General Electric

Silver Sponsor

  • Brady
  • Canada Pavilion
  • G3-PLC
  • IFS
  • Oracle
  • Power Africa
  • Longi Solar
  • PRIME Alliance
  • Toshiba

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamezela
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Apua Asea

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • Ntiyiso
  • Salga-logo

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi