Small enterprise development in South Africa: The role of business incubators

Mukhove Masutha, Christian M. Rogerson

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Business incubation is a relatively new phenomenon in scholarship and policy development for small enterprise development. Business incubators offer targeted business support and technical support services to accelerate the growth of emerging and small start-up business enterprises into financially and operationally independent enterprises. South Africa has adopted business incubation as one vehicle for upgrading the SMME economy. This article examines the evolution of policy towards business incubation, current progress, institutional issues and emerging geographies of business incubators as part of the unfolding and dynamic SMME policy landscape in South Africa. Considerable differences are observed between the activities of the network of state-supported incubators as opposed to private sector operated incubators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-155
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • South Africa
  • business incubators
  • entrepreneurship
  • small enterprise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies


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