Technology business incubator Chemin officially launched its satellite business incubation centre at the Science and Technology Pilot Park (STP) in East London on July 26, 2012.
Chemin specialises in supporting the start-up and growth of small and medium (SMMEs) enterprises in the downstream chemical industry. These sectors include relatively high value pure chemicals typically used as active ingredients in formulated products such as cosmetics, cleaning detergents and perfumes, as well as all formulated speciality chemicals used in industrial and non-consumer applications.
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ECITI, formed to facilitate the rapid introduction, support and business sustainability of SMMEs in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) and film sectors in the Eastern Cape, moved into the STP on July 20, 2012.
ECITI’s incubation programme is designed to assist early stage development of ICT and film entrepreneurs through the use of various support services, such as infrastructure, mentorship and training, linkages to industry and academic networks and information resources within the ICT and film industry.
Established as a non-profit organisation by the ECDC in 2004, ECITI hopes that by offering start-ups and emerging enterprises a platform to launch their businesses, their risk of failure will be substantially reduced.
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The CSIR Consulting and Analytical Services Laboratory, the first of its kind in the province, not only serves as an ideal testing hub for the Eastern Cape but provides access to a body of CSIR labs throughout South Africa.
Staffed by highly competent technicians specialising in chemical and microbiological analysis, this laboratory is able to provide analyses of all types of food, beverage and environmental samples including dairy, confectionary, processed foods, animal feeds, fruit, cereals, water, sediment, soil, waste water and effluent samples.
With state of the art technology, testing methods, and continuous monitoring available on site, the laboratory offers municipalities the opportunity for testing, referrals, training, and practical assistance in maintaining and improving their Blue Drop and Green Drop ratings.
The laboratory will be fully accredited by the South African National Accreditation System, aligned to the ISO17025 standard.