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Trade Minister Rob Davies Opens MEDO ICT Incubator

The MEDO ICT Incubator – the first youth incubator in the Department of Trade and Industry’s Incubator Support Programme – was launched with great fan-fair on the 11th of November this year by Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies. Read more in the News Category.

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MEDO Tours the Western Cape

In a move to foster small business development and job creation, MEDO, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government has embarked on Treppie tours around the Western Cape in search of individuals who aspire to take their businesses to the next level. For tour dates and locations visit the News section.

MEDO and BT Global Services International Trade Programme

MEDO and BT Global services have launched the third International Trade Programme to take place at the end of November 2013.  ICT businesses attended a week-long bootcamp and 11 businesses have been selected for the trade visit. Read more in the News category.

Foundation Business Skills Programme

Once they have been through the interview process, all entrepreneurs accepted onto the MEDO Programme undergo basic business skills training. The aim is to help them implement business processes that will ensure long term success and sustainability.

Walk-In Centres

MEDO Walk-In Centres provide free computer, Internet and telephone access to entrepreneurs on the MEDO programme.

Weekly Networking Events

Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg attend the monthly networking event held at the MEDO Centre, where they can interact with SME industry role-players and fellow small business owners.

Weekly Networking Events

MEDO Mobile Walk-In Centre – TREPPIE

Treppie tours the country recruiting entrepreneurs for the MEDO programme, providing Internet access and running mini business skills workshops for those visiting the centre.

Enterprise and Supplier Development

The MEDO team are ready for the implementation of the new B-BBEE code of Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD). Supplier Development programmes have been delivered by the team in Gauteng and Mpumalanga in preparation for the change in the codes.
The MEDO ESD Programme requires skills transfer and support, and the delivery mechanism includes industry supply chain analyses, seeking and identifying suitable and potential suppliers, the MEDO ESD Bootcamp, Industry Technical training and concludes with a BIGPitch presentation session to buyers.

Once the suppliers have completed the ESD Bootcamp, the MEDO team supports them for up to two years with a hub of Shared Services including bookkeeping, payment follow-up, legal assistance, marketing and other professional services.

MEDO hosts guest lectures augmented with structured networking sessions. At these sessions the entrepreneurs get into the habit of presenting their businesses to corporate stakeholders, and they offer an opportunity for leaders in large organisations to interact with those from a very different context. These sessions are designed to complement and build on the ESD programme.

The team from MEDO has extensive experience in the mining, oil energy and gas, infrastructure, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism. All ESD programmes are customised for the industry and sponsoring client. “We look forward to working with industry leaders to realise the value from enterprise and supplier development that is available to be harnessed. Our programme provides a perfect solution for the new B-BBEE codes and we have the track record to demonstrate this”, notes Judi Sandrock, Joint CEO of MEDO.

MEDO specializes in Enterprise and Supplier Development to satisfy the requirements of South African companies and complying with the DTI B-BBEE codes of best practice. The team’s delivery mechanisms range from a mobile entrepreneurship centre that tours rural areas, enterprise and supplier development programmes to international trade programmes for micro and small enterprises. In November 2013, MEDO will open the first ICT Incubator to be supported by the DTI Incubator Support Programme.