Turbine Test Drive Programme is our Pre-Incubation offer. It is a hands-on training programme for individual or teams with early-stage start-ups who want to get support to sharpen their business models and test their Minimum Viable Product.

The business idea should be innovative and scalable. The programme is based on Business Model Canvas, a strategic template for the development of business models. It is a popular tool used by entrepreneurs across the world.

Innovative, expandable, scalable


We welcome people/teams with business ideas in all industries. Scalability is an important element and you should have a desire to start a business around the idea.

Can you afford it?


The Turbine Test Drive programme is free. You contribute with your own time and passion. You commit to participate in all workshops and submit all deliverables on time.

We are committed to protect all business ideas


As a requirement to attend the programme, all participants and organizers sign a non disclosure agreement. No information (concepts, technologies or names of participants) may be spread outside the programme without their consent.

About the programme

In the Turbine Test Drive programme, theory is mixed with practice where experts inspire and help you stake out a path forward.

The programme consists of 3 evening workshops and a pitch day. Between workshops, tasks are given along with individual coaching from Turbine’s experienced coaches and Turbine’s experts. On the pitch day, all teams present their startups/projects in front of a panel of potential investors, business angels and professionals.

Turbine is collaborating with Alinae Consulting, Gemstone and PWC who will deliver Workshops and make their best to support you developing your business idea.

As the main sponsor, PWC Mauritius will offer a cash prize of Rs50,000 to the most promising business idea.

The Test Drive is the best Program to get started if you have an innovative business idea!

The content of the workshops

1st Workshop

Thursday 21st of February 2019

17:00 – Welcome all participants
17:30 – Market analysis (Laurent Bourelly)
19:00 – Break
19: 30 – Business Lean Canvas (Gemstone)
20:30 – Value proposition (Gemstone)
21:30 – End of Workshops

2nd Workshop

Thursday 28th of February 2019

17:00 – Welcome all participants
17:30 – Milestone Plan (Gemstone)
19:00 – Break
19:30 – Financial Model (PWC)
21:30 – End of Workshops

3rd Workshop

Thursday 7th of March 2019

17:00 – Welcome all participants
17:30 – Sales techniques (Nathalie Sanchez)
19:00 – Break
19:30 – How to Pitch (Elizabeth Ellis)
21:30 – End of Workshops

Pitch Day

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

17:00 – Welcome all participants
17: 30 – Presentation of the Program by Turbine.
17:45 – Main sponsor speech
18:00 – Pitch starts
19:00 – Jury deliberation
19:30 – Prize-giving ceremony
20:00 – Dinner and Networking


“90% of all startups fail” this statistic wouldn’t be true if they all got a chance at a test drive program. It has been the ultimate tool to validate, build and understand the work involved in creating a successful startup.

Jason Delorie Connect me

Le test drive m’a apporté beaucoup, et je ne m’y attendait pas. Tout ce que je repoussais (plan financier etc). Merci!!!!

Nathalie Baissac DarutyFeuilles et Fleurs

The workshop was very helpful as we did not know the steps to follow when starting a business

Roumesh BeepurPlantable Paper Seeds

The Test Drive pushed me to face my weaknesses again and again. I feel like a version 2.0 of myself who’s become a little more than just a software developer. It has also opened my eyes to the incredible amount of support and good will out there. And more than anything else, I feel like a part of a very diverse, very warm family.

Khalifa LameArchiscope

Being part of the Testdrive program was a great experience. I’ve learned so much in such short time. Turbine team and others members was just awesome.

Damien Ho ShingIBamboo

We are now more confident about our product and the milestones we need to go through to penetrate the market. We would recommend the Turbine program to any Start Up who want to showcase their ideas and have professional feedback and guidance.

Adish SesmunSafeway Shield

All those workshops was so helpful. Members at turbine are so amiable and resourceful. We came from nothing to something. Turbine is definitely a place to-be for all start-ups!

Noresh Raaj BissessurPark My Car Moris

TestDrive helped me take some of the daunting yet essential steps of setting up a business, making it a fun and less lonely process to go through, while receiving precious guidance and support from the team and presenters along the way.

Davina MakhanTeas of Africa

Test Drive not only gives you the chance to learn a lot but also gives you the opportunity to meet and network with a group of people who are facing the same challenges and passion as you.

Lalesh BheechookMausales

Test Drive gave me a new motivation to continue Friend’livery.

Yohanna LaroqueFriend’livery

Turbine is really helping our country with this concept. People do not need to have an unnecessary stress or tension to start a business. The mentoring, coaching and help received are wonderful.

Ganeshan ThalayanBiodegradable Cutlery

It was a fabulous and enriching journey with turbine. I learned a lot and the most important is turbine helps us to gain confidence in what we are doing. i will recommend everyone who want to start their own business to seek advises from the team.

Moonish ChatarooIFood

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