Qalisa Hub

Qalisa is a virtual accelerator that works with township entrepreneurs to help accelerate business concepts and ideas into a commercially viable business that is investor ready.

Why Qalisa Hub?

Qalisa Hub (qalisa = to start / to initiate) is focused on ‘building entrepreneurs ground-up’ with a focus on start-up and early-stage township entrepreneurs. The township economy is estimated to contribute in excess of R100bn to the SA economy, and is seen as a major contributor to both GDP and employment. Small and medium businesses will account for up to 90% of new job creation by 2030.

Our Mission

To connect township start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs with experienced and established advisors from various business sectors, to help accelerate the development and commercialisation of business ideas and concepts.

Our Founders

Qalisa Hub was founded by qualified and vastly experienced chartered accountants, start-up investors and entrepreneurs Hiten Keshave and Sanjay Soni, who have a desire to ‘pay forward’ their experiences and beliefs to the many emerging and aspirant township entrepreneurs.

Our Team

Qalisa Hub has teamed up with a number of seasoned executives, entrepreneurs, subject matter advisors and business professionals to offer qualifying township entrepreneurs with the opportunity to fast-track their businesses to become investor ready. Click here to see our Advisors.

Our Process

Over a relatively short 3–6-month period, each qualifying entrepreneur will have access to a panel of experienced advisors, who will work with them intensely to get their ideas investor-ready and lay the foundations for exponential business growth. 

Seasoned subject matter advisors fast-tracks an entrepreneur’s ideas/concepts, to the point the idea becomes investor ready.

The Startup Journey

 

PHASE 1. IDEATION*

Initial idea that addresses a current addressable challenge.

PHASE 2. CONCEPT*

Define vision & mission, with initial strategy and summary milestones.

PHASE 3. COMMIT*

Develop initial product/service with core founding team.

PHASE 4. VALIDATE*

Iterate and test assumptions to validate solutions.

PHASE 5. SCALE

Growth in users/customers & market share/traction.

PHASE 6. ESTABLISH

Significant growth, whilst attracting financial & people resources.

Where Qalisa Hub fits in*

FORMATION STAGE*

Phase 1 and 2:
Ideation and Concept

VALIDATION STAGE*

Phase 3 and 4:
Commit and Validate

GROWTH STAGE

Phase 5 and 6:
Scale and Establish

Paying forward years of experience to emerging township entrepreneurs

Qalisa Hub aims to bridge the gap between idea and commercial viability. Qalisa Hub was borne out of a need to provide a differentiated intervention to township entrepreneurs by providing them with much needed practical ‘hand-holding’ through the formative stages of the entrepreneurship journey by Hiten Keshave and Sanjay Soni (above).

Get Started Today

Qalisa Hub was started by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We focus on startups growing their business/idea through interactive engagements with seasoned and experienced advisors and initiate sustainable growth through evolution of the township economy.

Are you a township entrepreneur with an exciting idea you want to develop?