National Gazelles

An initiative of Seda and the Department of Small Business Development


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South Africa
South Africa
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer durables, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Automotive, Clothing and textiles production, Computer hardware, Electronics, Food production, Furniture

The National Gazelles is a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) development program in South Africa. It was launched in 2015 by the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

Every year – and for the next 10 years – we select 200 small businesses to be considered for the Gazelle program. From these 200 applications, we work with KPMG, Ernst & Young and Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo to select the Top 40. 

For the next three years, these 40 SMEs will receive:

• Business opportunities and incentives
• Practical business training, support and mentorship
• Access to funding and private sector involvement
• Virtual incubation
• Networking opportunities, peer-to-peer collaboration and knowledgesharing

The 160 remaining SMEs will also benefit from a special Gazelles Business Academy. 

As a National Gazelle, your business will berecognised as a professional, growing and high-potential business.

Find out if your small business meets the application criteria – and apply to become a National Gazelle today.