Search for the entrepreneur to give the office space to:

NOTE – we have changed the process (from this) to find the onematchstick startup entrepreneur who will get the 6 months of rent-free office space. Here is the new way forward:

This is not just any office!  This opportunity comes with having access to a community of fellow entrepreneurs, to keep you company along the lonely road of being a startup. And there will be endless networking opportunities, and you will be immersed in an environment of business savviness and energy for making things happen.

It’s not just an office space – it’s THE office space for a startup, and you can get to meet people who will help you go places (including the judges!)

To apply, you need to meet the criteria outlined below:

We are looking for a start-up, or very early stages start-up entrepreneur, who needs access to office facilities in order to get their business off the ground.

The ‘onematchstick Office’ is at the Raizcorp facilities in Johannesburg, and for six months the entrepreneur will have:

  • Hot desking facilities
  • Access to board rooms and meeting rooms
  • Shared kitchen
  • Receptionist for welcoming guests
  • Access to printing and wifi facilities, (costs not included in the onematchstick deal)
  • Tea, coffee and popcorn!


You need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a startup – so your business has not started or you are in your first three years of starting your business.
  • Be full time, and committed to getting your business off the ground.
  • Have a need for access to office space in Johannesburg, in order to start, run or expand your business.
  • Be willing to participate in the selection process, which includes being willing to undergo a criminal/fraud record check.


  1. Write an email to Telana at , or create a 2 minute video and post on your social media of choice, and tag Telana Simpson, and use the hashtags #riskandrise and #onematchstick.
    Here are Telana’s Social Media Tags for you to tag her, so that she can find your application:
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  2. The email or 2 minute video must introduce yourself and your startup, and tell us why you need the office space and what you will do with it, and how it will help your startup.
  3. Telana will endeavour to list all the entries that want to be listed, on the website.
  4. Closing date for entries is now extended to Friday 3 May 2024 midnight.

The Judges will choose who meets the criteria above, and those finalists will be invited to undergo a criminal/fraud record check to make sure they meet the criteria. And then a decision will be made, and announced on Friday 10 May.


The judges are:

Telana Simpson – Courage Coach & ‘Matchstick Girl

Telana Simpson

Telana, a Courage Coach, podcast hose and author with expertise in psychology, retail, and e-commerce, empowers individuals to communicate authentically and fearlessly, fostering confidence and overcoming self-consciousness. Her captivating talks on radio, TV, podcasts, and stages inspire action and self-discovery, while her innovative ventures, like transforming a matchstick into office space for start-ups, reflect her boundless belief in possibilities.  She is the host of a new inspiring podcast “Risk & Rise” encouraging South Africa to overcome the fear of failure.

Allon Raiz – Founder and CEO of Raizcorp

Allon Raiz, a renowned figure in business incubation, is the CEO of Raizcorp, Africa’s sole genuine incubator supporting over 500 businesses. Author of two best-selling entrepreneurial books, host of The Big Small Business Show, and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine, Allon is a co-founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa. Recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he has spoken at prestigious events like the WEF Annual Meeting and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, showcasing his expertise in fostering entrepreneurship globally.

Mongezi Mtati – Host of the Lead Creative

Digital and marketing strategist, Mongezi Mtati has a keen interest – bordering on obsession – in what makes compelling brand content. He is constantly in search of the human insight that leads to these successes and engages with some of the minds that bring and the magic together.  Mongezi is a brand strategist at the award-winning digital agency, Rogerwilco.  As a keynote speaker and strategist, he shares some of his findings on The Lead Creative and other platforms.

For more information:

Telana Simpson