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Our business is to grow yours

FNB, in partnership with Fetola, are looking for Mzansi’s movers and shakers, hustlers and innovators; aspiring entrepreneurs who are young, intelligent, enthusiastic and passionately driven to succeed.  

Do you have a business or a business idea that you think could ignite positive change and create an impact in South Africa? Then bring it to the table! We want to help people just like you, to nurture you as an entrepreneur and connect you with like-minded innovators so that you can take your business or business idea to the next level.  

Pre-register your interest here and be the first to hear about the next opportunity to join the FNB Youth Start-up Accelerator (YSA) for a chance to start a two-phase journey with 100 other movers and shakers. 


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Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.

What is it?

FNB YSA is a 12-month accelerator designed to equip the youth of South Africa with the tools to become thriving entrepreneurs.

Is this you?

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Have a 51% black-owned business *
  • Operating for less than six months
  • Business has a revenue of less than R1 million
  • Young (18-35) 
  • Passionate
  • Resilient
  • Innovative
  • Bold
  • Have a willingness to learn 

Then the FNB Youth Start-up Accelerator is for you.

* as per expanded definition of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 46 of 2013.

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YSA can help you grow your business with:

Practical, interactive business skills workshops

Mindset, mental preparedness and motivation

A business roadmap template

Ideation, product development and business model testing

Mentorship (group and individual)

Marketing, market-readiness, and brand building

Peer networks

Entrepreneurial job shadowing and youth mentors

Access to data support

Do you like a challenge? Are ready to work hard to achieve your business dreams? Then sign up for this exciting programme. 

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FNB YSA works with youth to equip them with vital entrepreneurship skills from building confidence in leadership to financial management and all other essential facets of running a small business.


Entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to overcome youth unemployment, drive economic development and create jobs. FNB YSA is about growing young entrepreneurs as a solution to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis.

Our Programme Partners

By partnering with innovative companies and organisations that share our vision, we’ve been able to multiply our impact.