Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubator Programme (TTGIIP)

Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela will on 23 June 2002  launch the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubator Programme (TTGIIP) aimed at introducing a pool of young innovators to spearhead ideas to stimulate the growth of the sector through technological advancements.


The TTGIIP is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Tourism, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and its entity the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).


The TTGIIP supports tech-savvy entrepreneurs, between the ages of 18-35, to develop technologies to facilitate the introduction of new concepts that will revive, sustain and create jobs in the Tourism sector.


The programme aims to:

  • Inspire innovation amongst enterprises in the travel and hospitality sector,
  • Empower youth & women in tourism business operations,
  • Facilitate commercialisation and market access funding in the travel and hospitality businesses and,
  • Create new jobs and facilitate skills development.

Applicants will be afforded an opportunity to bid to have their innovative tourism tech-solution selected and financed. Successful bidders will participate in a 2-year development programme that includes idea finalisation, prototype development, a commercialisation plan, venture capital and other investment financing, market testing and eventual graduation.


TTGIIP will focus on four key elements of business development;

  • The business management skills of the entrepreneur through skills development and training,
  • The enterprise idea and prototype design and development, business viability and market testing, regulatory compliance, business financial/ risk structure and quality standards,
  • Facilitate start-up funding and venture capital for business expansion and,
  • Facilitation of market and trade linkages for commercialisation of enterprises.

The TTGIIP launch event will be st​reamed live on Facebook @ Department of Tourism on Thursday 23 June 2022 from 10h00