The Entrepreneurship Development Trust



The Entrepreneurship Development Trust (the “ED Trust” or “EDT”) is a charitable trust, and approved Public Benefit Organisation (“PBO”) in terms of the South African Income Tax Act, that aims to have a positive impact on our country’s social and economic growth.

EDT was founded in 2003 as a beneficiary of Investec’s black economic empowerment transaction. It was created as a vehicle to augment Investec’s legacy in South Africa by supporting entrepreneurship and educational enrichment to contribute towards South Africa’s economic growth.

The Trust therefore continues to invest in the right opportunities as they present themselves, acting as a bridge between business and communities, in order to build a sustainable fund large enough to make a significant positive impact on South Africa and its people.



We believe that education and job creation are the keys to building a better South Africa. We partner with and support initiatives that enable previously disadvantaged individuals to better themselves through education and entrepreneurship.

Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology (Promaths)

EDT has been a supporter of Promaths since 2014, when it partnered with Investec and Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology to support Promaths. Promaths offers extra tuition for Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners, helping them to improve their performance in maths and science.

High School and University Bursaries

The ED Trust has partnered with Investec CSI to provide bursaries to academically and financially deserving black learners.The bursaries enable them to attend well-established and high-performing schools and universities.


Co-founded with EDT and Investec, En-novate believes that South African SMMEs need to start becoming globally competitive. En-novate aims to solve this problem by taking groups of entrepreneurs and business professionals on exploration trips to innovation hubs throughout the world, exposing them to the latest technologies, innovation and best business practice. 

EDT previously sponsored black female beneficiaries to take part on such trips, exposing them to the latest technologies, innovation and best business practices.

Youth Employment Services (“YES”)

Youth Employment Services (“YES”) was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in April 2018. It is the initiative of a joint public / private task team whose objective is to facilitate job creation for the youth in South Africa, creating a regulated, government-supported programme, which will support one million internship positions over the next three years. YES supports beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 34 years.

EDT assisted with the establishment of YES by funding its set-up and operational costs.

Visit the YES website >

Innovation Africa

Innovation Africa is an organisation with a mission to bring Israeli solutions and khow-how to those in need living in rural villages in Africa. The organisation uses solar energy to pump clean water to installed infrastructure throughout the village. EDT was the first organisation to support this initiative in South Africa and has funded boreholes in the Vhembe district in Limpopo and the Bushbuckridge area in Mpumalanga.

Helping communities access clean water

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Promaths Awards

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If you would like to make a donation to the Trust, please use the bank details enclosed below.

If you would like us to issue you with a S18A tax relief certificate, please send us an email at [email protected] with your full name, contact details and proof of payment and we will be happy to assist.

Banking details as follows:

Account name: Entrepreneurship Development Trust
Account number: 10012482045
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: 100 Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch code: 58 01 05
Reference: Your name