Young people have the best opportunity to experience and become entrepreneurs; they are now collaborating to make South Africa Africa's leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. This is our vision.

At the Startup Mzansi Foundation we believe that startups and entrepreneurs lead the way in creating innovative products that improve our lives and drive significant economic and social impact. A robust community of entrepreneurs – paired with resources, mentorship and technology – will be a rising tide that lifts all boats.

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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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