Standard Bank

Standard Bank is the headline sponsor for "Threads" accelerator program, which is officially known as "Threads Stitched by Standard Bank".

As the largest African financial services provider by assets, and with solid operations in 20 African countries, Standard Bank is committed to driving sustainable, long-term growth on the continent Standard Bank South Africa is the largest operating entity of Standard Bank Group.

In South Africa, Standard Bank provides the full spectrum of financial products and services. Standard Bank’s Personal and Business Banking unit offers banking and other financial services to individuals, businesses and small-to-medium enterprises, including entrepreneurs. Standard Bank products include mortgage lending, instalment sale and finance leases, card products, transactional and lending products, and insurance - everything customers need to achieve their NEXTS.


Standard Bank’s vision is to be the leading financial services organisation in, for and across South Africa and the African continent, delivering exceptional client experiences and superior value. With a heritage of over 154 years, Standard Bank has an on-the-ground presence in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and fit-for-purpose representation outside Africa – “Africa is our home, we drive her growth”.

Standard Bank’s support and sponsorship of the Business of Fashion Accelerator underlines the bank’s commitment to actively helping SME’s and entrepreneurs in achieving their next.

Besides financial support and thought leadership, Standard Bank supports the Accelerator program by hosting the learning program at key Standard Bank locations across the country. Additionally, the winner will receive a Standard Bank SME Startup pack powered by the bank including key financial products and services that will contribute to success.