The Centre for Entrepreneurship & Rapid Incubator (CfERI) was established in 2017 to promote entrepreneurial development amongst youth, unemployed and women. CfERI is funded by the Department of Small Business Development and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and was initially located within the Vaal University of Technology satellite operation in Upington. On 1 June 2021 CfERI was transferred to Sol Plaatje University. The SPU-CfERI provides business support services throughout the ZF Mgcawu district to improve economic development and unemployment in the district, while also extending the footprint of the University in the region. Today, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University, Professor Andrew Crouch signed the new lease agreement for the SPU-CfERI premises in Upington with the new Executive Mayor Cllr. Maureen Basson and Speaker Cllr. Stanley Peterson of the ZF Mgcawu District, alongside the Centre Manager of the SPU-CfERI, Adv. Anthony Mac Minn. The SPU-CfERI is in the process of developing a MakerSpace with new technology and innovation that can assist entrepreneurs with prototyping and manufacturing their products. The new lease agreement provides stability for the SPU-CfERI to grow unhindered in a space that allows it to improve the technology and create innovative methods for SMMEs to start and scale their businesses.