mLab Southern Africa, a new incubator for entrepreneurs and innovators with a focus on mobile technology, has opened applications for membership.

The head office of mLab SA will be officially opened at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 15 September, but already mobile developers and entrepreneurs with a startup business, organisation or mobile idea are applying to become members.

mLab SA provides incubation support to mobile developers and entrepreneurs through the following services: subsidised office space with meeting rooms, to allow members to benefit from being part of the mobile startup community; training and accreditation on mobile technologies and entrepreneurship; business mentoring and coaching; business intelligence, such as privileged access to market research information and knowledge repositories; testing of mobile apps and services in dedicated test bays; and organising regular events for networking and knowledge sharing.

mLab SA will also assist members in accessing finance, whether it be in the form of grants, seed capital, angel investors or venture capitalists.

Members benefit from the shared services offered at the mLab SA, such as reception, Internet and test bays.

mLab SA, and the recently-opened mLab East Africa, in Nairobi, are the first of a number of mLabs to be launched around the world as part of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy programme, supported by infoDev (World Bank), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland and Nokia. mLab SA is also supported by the South African Department of Science & Technology.