Who we are

The Innovator Trust, an ESD Incubator and Empowerment Business Incubator, is dedicated to nurturing SME Growth in South Africa. As a leading ESD Implementation Partner and Incubator in SA, working with Incubator Partners located in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, and Gauteng, we specialize in Business Acceleration and Tech Incubation Programmes. Our mission is to empower small black-owned Information and Communications Technology (ICT) businesses through comprehensive support and mentorship.

Our Offering


The Innovator Trust offers synergistic environment where entrepreneurs can share their knowledge, create working partnerships, and do business together which in turn helps to open doors to markets and resources.

Training and resource assistance is available to our cohort of beneficiaries through the following programmes we offer:

Our Vision & Mission

The Innovator Trust envisions a future where SMMEs are integral to the growth of the ICT sector and the economy at large. Our mission is to serve as a Tech ESD Implementation partner, fostering sustainable businesses through training facilitation, mentorship, networking and infrastructure support the Innovator Trust is helping to create ICT leaders of the future.


  As an Accelerator, our vision is to help businesses identify opportunities of importance and assist in identifying potential growth areas to maximise.
  In the quest to Cultivate, we are cognisant of the sheer grit and boldness it takes to run a business and through our incubator programmes, our vision and priority is to ensure small business owners are equipped with the correct tools and skills needed to work towards success.
  As Mentor, we understand the role of guidance and the significance of walking alongside entrepreneurs through both the good and tough times. We acknowledge the invaluable incentive of access to networks that would otherwise be closed to the small business owner. Our aim is to ensure our beneficiary SMMEs have access to sound mentors and networks.


Our Team


Tashline Jooste, Chief Executive Officer

Tashline Jooste is the Chief Executive Officer for the Innovator Trust, as well as a pivotal member of our board of trustees. Having acquired unique and extensive business acumen during her varied career, Tashline has spearheaded the conception and realisation of the Innovator Trust, and oversees the crucial strategic direction of the organisation and its operations.

Tashline not only provides strong leadership from a business perspective to the Innovator Trust, but also embodies the core ethos of the organisation in her passion and dedication to empowering others. Meticulous, determined and fiercely independent, Tashline is known for her entrepreneurial flair, vast business experience, and being a strong advocate of female leadership - making her the ideal candidate to head up the Innovator Trust.

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Tashline Jooste

Jancis van Biljon, Financial Manager

Jancis Van Biljon is a member of the Innovator Trust board of trustees, and acts as Financial Manager for the organisation. Throughout her successful career, Jancis has built an impressive track record in the specialty fields of accounting, tax management as well as fund and asset management.

Known for her precision and close attention to detail, Jancis has been a major asset to a variety of businesses. A quintessential ‘numbers person’ who finds great satisfaction in creating models that maximize potential of funds and assets, she started out her career at Tim du Toit Attorneys, later completing articles at Bennie and Wilson Chartered Accountants (SA). Following a project collaboration for the Auditor General of South Africa, and the following role of Financial Accountant at United National Breweries, Jancis went on to accept the position of Senior Accountant Consolidations at Vodacom. After being promoted a year later to Financial Manager, her tenor at Vodacom positioned her as the ideal candidate to serve on the board of the Innovator Trust.

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Jancis van Biljon

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