Your success starts here

SME Rise is the JSE Group’s SME development solution, connecting private companies to business benefits gained through growth solutions, funding readiness, international expansion, and capital access. It intends to nurture the future prosperity of aspiring participants. Our programmes and platforms support small, medium, and large enterprises in scaling up by growing market share, accessing funding, and improving their competitiveness.

  • Looking for the next level of business growth?
  • Need advice to grow your market share or access funding?
  • Want to enhance your competitiveness and learn from small business experts?
  • Are you interested in networking with like-minded founders?

Whatever your business objectives, you deserve a better chance at success.

"SME Rise signals our commitment to South Africa’s future prosperity through nurturing today’s aspiring changemakers. It is a uniquely South African offering and our determined contribution to economic growth."
Growth Solutions

We offer several programmes and platforms tailored to the different stages and needs of your business journey.

Scale your small business

The JSE Rise Think Tanks are one day workshops with industry experts to unpack areas identified as unique challenges or opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Each Think Tank is unique and has addressed topics such as Covid, Africa market expansion, ESG and many more.

The JSE Rise Think Tanks are one day workshops with industry experts to unpack areas identified as unique challenges or opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Each Think Tank is unique and has addressed topics such as Covid, Africa market expansion, ESG and many more.

The JSE Rise funding readiness training equips a business at any stage to be funding ready. The training encompasses everything from unpacking the funding landscape, business plan, market assessment, sales and marketing, financial review and financial projections and includes pitch readiness with direct pitch readiness support. A supporting toolkit of templates, models and guidance notes are provided as part of the training.

Capital Access

The JSE Rise Think Tanks are one day workshops with industry experts to unpack areas identified as unique challenges or opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Each Think Tank is unique and has addressed topics such as Covid, Africa market expansion, ESG and many more.

The JSE provides listing as an opportunity for companies that are listing ready.Join the ranks of companies that were once listed on our AltX board. Click here for more information.

The JSE Rise funding readiness training equips a business at any stage to be funding ready. The training encompasses everything from unpacking the funding landscape, business plan, market assessment, sales and marketing, financial review and financial projections and includes pitch readiness with direct pitch readiness support. A supporting toolkit of templates, models and guidance notes are provided as part of the training. Click here for more information.

Capital Access

The JSE Rise Think Tanks are one day workshops with industry experts to unpack areas identified as unique challenges or opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Each Think Tank is unique and has addressed topics such as Covid, Africa market expansion, ESG and many more.

The JSE provides listing as an opportunity for companies that are listing ready.Join the ranks of companies that were once listed on our AltX board.

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Events and initiatives
Pattern green AI
SME Rise Enterprise Accelerator 2025 intake

 

 

Pattern green AI
SME Rise Capital Matching Roadshow

 

 

SME Rise in the news
Interview: Insights into our SME Speed Coaching series
ME Rise Capital Matching Roadshow Cape Town 2023
Testimonial: Spark Schools
Creating a supportive environment for small business

Small business owners play an important role in shaping their communities. You are agile and innovative and often come up with disruptive ideas that revolutionise industries. By creating jobs and providing opportunities for local suppliers, you contribute to South Africa’s sustainable development at the grassroots level. You deserve better support, less administrative hassles and improved access to funding.

As the JSE, we seek to create an environment where SMEs can thrive. We collaborate with several organisations working to introduce better policies for SMEs. These include the National Agenda Steering Committee, the Start-up Act South Africa, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and the Department of Small Business Development.

Our focus is on reducing the red tape compliance burden, providing incentives and making it easier for local and international funders to finance SME development.

"Over the years, we’ve implemented and explored initiatives to support small business growth as this sector is vital to the economy and drives sustainable capital markets."
Cleola Kunene
Cleola Kunene, Head: SME Development
SME Rise strategic partners
Government

Department of Small Business Development, SEDA, SEFA, NEF, Western Cape Government, Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Free State Department of Economic Development, and Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development.

Business associations

The Southern African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA), SA SME, BUSA and BUSA and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).

International agencies

World Bank, World Economic Forum (WEF), International Finance Corporation (IDC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Capital matching sponsors

Business Partners, African Bank, AltVest, Creative Growth Capital, Edge Growth, Endeavor, Black Business Council, Wesgro, SourceFin and ESquared.

Development

Endeavor, Bokamosa, W-Suite, NSBC Africa, Green Energy Africa and Oaktree.

Entrepreneur testimonials
Useful links
SME Rise Speed Coaching Series
SME Rise Accelerator company showcase
JSE Magazine – Capital gains
JSE Magazine – Capital gains

SME funding is getting a boost via the exchange’s latest collaboration.bu

JSE Magazine – Upward trajectory
JSE Magazine – Upward trajectory

The bourse provides selected SMEs with support to take the next step in development.