About the Startup Mzansi Foundation

Founded by Sandile Shabangu in 2012, Startup Mzansi Foundation is a Non Profit Company supporting innovative youth entrepreneurship in South Africa. The Foundation is organized under the laws of the Republic of South Africa and governed by a Board of Directors made up of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Specialists. The reason behind the foundation is to create a more longer-term entity to support its 20-year mission of building a functioning startup ecosystem in South Africa.

Our goal is to lay the foundation by bringing together essential elements to create a viable ecosystem, from which startups and young innovative entrepreneurs can accelerate their growth. We do this through lobbying, mentoring, networking, strategic alliances, developing and recognising excellence in youth and promoting a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.

The Startup Foundation is committed to providing a platform for the inspiration and empowerment of youth in business in South Africa and beyond through promoting opportunities to support, connect and grow youth in business.

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