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Impact Your World

Are you a passionate entrepreneur with a burning desire to make a positive impact on the world? If so, USSAVI is calling you.


About Us

The United States – South Africa Virtual Incubator (USSAVI) is an entrepreneurship development program that was initiated through a diverse network of influential organizations and advisors. The project is supported by the United States Embassy in South Africa, is part of the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network, is based at Guilford College, and is being developed in partnership with Mashauri.


Our Mission

USSAVI’s mission is to empower young South African and American entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to pressing social and economic challenges. Through a fully immersive entrepreneurial program, we provide students with the skills, resources, and mentorship they need to launch and sustain their ventures.

Our Impact

The pilot version of USSAVI was a resounding success. We attracted over 900 applications from across South Africa and selected 44 students to participate. The students developed six innovative social ventures, addressing a range of challenges such as poverty, education, and healthcare.

900+ Applicants

44 Students

10 Teams


Our Program

Each year, USSAVI selects several South African and United States college students to participate in our six-month program. These students are divided into multinational teams, each working on a unique social venture. Throughout the program, students receive intensive training in entrepreneurship, design thinking, and social impact. They also have the opportunity to connect with mentors, investors, and potential partners from both South Africa and the United States.

“If you want to start a business but don’t know anything about entrepreneurship, this is the program to be in.”

Busisiwe Promise Mnisi
University of the Western Cape

“USSAVI taught me how to turn a small idea into a business which will impact people’s lives. I am forever grateful for this opportunity.”

Zizipho Dweba
University of the Western Cape

“The program is best in teaching the realities involved in startup. It helps in testing ideas with little capital.”

Freedom Duma
University of Zululand


Embrace the Power of Innovation! Join the USSAVI Journey.