Savant is a commercially-focused hardware technology incubator that provides bespoke business development support.Savant partners with highly skilled science and technology inventors for their start-up growth journey.
Savant brings unrivalled technology commercialisation know-how and experience to the South African start-up landscape. Savant offers bespoke commercialisation support to hardware technology inventors through long term, risk-based partnerships. Inventors stand to gain a streamlined journey from minimum viable product development to early market traction, both locally and internationally. Investors stand to gain early access to a pipeline of professionally de-risked technology companies to invest in.
Savant runs an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) programme, whereby commercially qualified postgraduates can opt to assist its technically gifted inventors. While Savant’s core team may be the long-term drivers of the success of its partnered ventures, the EIRs play a crucial goal in lending strategic and resource capacity to support the inventors as their ventures progress.Savant may have up to five EIRs ready to assist inventors – from compiling funding proposals and project management, to market research and strategy development. Inventors have an opportunity to work closely with EIRs through direct one-on-one interactions and open communication channels. Past inventors have benefited from the acceleration and improvement in quality of work done.