Threads is brought to you by Standard Bank, the leading Africa-focused financial services organisation. Standard Bank will provide SME Starter Pack and guidance to the winning entrepreneur.
Standard Bank is the headline sponsor for "Threads" accelerator program, which is officially known as "Threads Stitched by Standard Bank". As the largest African financial services provider by assets, and with solid operations in 20 African countries, Standard Bank is committed to driving sustainable, long-term growth on the continent Standard Bank South Africa is the largest operating entity of Standard Bank Group.
In South Africa, Standard Bank provides the full spectrum of financial products and services. Standard Bank’s Personal and Business Banking unit offers banking and other financial services to individuals, businesses and small-to-medium enterprises, including entrepreneurs.
Threads is created and owned by NONZēRO, the purpose-driven marketing agency with focus on creating impact programs and enterprise development campaigns in Africa.
Nonzēro properties inspire change, lasting impact and are always digitally driven. Thinking out of the box is the start and creating nonzero sum, a.k.a win-win, situations with our clients and the brands we work with is our dogma.
Dubbed as the 'Robin Hoods' of knowledge, Nonzēro makes it a point to consult and work with industry experts in every aspect of their campaigns and properties to ensure they deliver outstanding results.
From inception, they build key data collection points into campaign design. They then convert the raw data into actionable insights for business decision-making. In case no data is available they partner with key data and market analysis institutions.
Threads is brought to you in association with Mercedes-Benz. Beyond receiving a Mercedes-Benz car for 12 months to drive, the winning entrepreneur will become a Brand Ambassador.
Threads is brought to you in association with Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). MBSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global motor manufacturer, Daimler AG, with a history of over 60 years in South Africa. Mercedes-Benz is closely associated with the fashion industry worldwide.
Mercedes-Benz is one of the corporate partners for the Business of Fashion Accelerator Program. As part of the program, Mercedes-Benz will host a field trip to their manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape where our fashion entrepreneurs will learn everything there is to learn about lean manufacturing and be challenged to apply this knowledge to their fashion businesses.
Additionally, the winning entrepreneur will become a Brand Ambassador and gets to drive a brand new vehicle for 12 months.
Threads curriculum is created with academic partners Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and E4 Impact.
The Threads curriculum is created with academic partners Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and E4 Impact. Cattolica University in Milan is known for its innovative programs in various fields from Economics and Business to Philosophy and the Arts.
E4impact is an initiative launched in 2010 by ALTIS – Graduate School of Business and Society of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with the objective of training impact entrepreneurs in Africa in order to support the start-up and growth of their businesses.
The MBA program guides active and aspiring entrepreneurs to start or scale their business, giving them simultaneously an academic and business acceleration experience. E4Impact is currently present in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Part of Cattolica University and with a proven track record in supporting fashion entrepreneurs all over Africa, e4Impact proved the best partner to support in developing an academically sound curriculum that allows for action-learning and instant applicability to the real-life business challenges of fashion entrepreneurs.
The following brands are part of the ecosystem of partners that share in the Threads Stitched by Standard Bank vision of supporting SA Fashion Entrepreneurs in stepping up to their Next.
EOH Learning & Development is a new multi-disciplinary learning solutions provider in the South African education and training landscape which is breaking existing preconceptions of what providers should look like and how they should think. EOH Learning & Development owns eight learning solutions companies and offers more than 250 learning programmes which serve a diverse range of occupations and career pathways in almost every sector of the economy and society.
EOH Learning & Development will support Threads by providing professional instructors who will support the Threads participants in unpacking the course material week by week.
Mecer is proudly made in South Africa and a leading locally produced PC brand. Ongoing interaction within the international IT industry has ensured that Mecer has remained a techno-leader at the forefront of technology.
Mecer will support the Threads team and participants with products that will support their business in fashion by being part of a better-connected world. Mecer has given all fashion entrepreneurs a state of the art laptop that will support them on their entrepreneurial journey.