The Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) is a youth start-up support programme intended to stimulate the establishment and growth of youth-owned businesses, promote digital skills, grow the economy and foster job creation.

The plan details how the work of Department and its entities will contribute to the Medium-Term Strategic Framework and the National Development Plan 2030 objectives.
Through the SheTradesZA platform, selected women-owned businesses and corporations will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand their businesses and advance women economic empowerment.
The purpose of the Small Enterprise Manufacturing Support Programme is to build a manufacturing sector for an improved industrial base through a focused import replacement programme.

The Township and Rural Entrepreneurship programme (TREP) is a dedicated programme to transform and integrate opportunities in townships and rural areas into productive business ventures.