The existence of a supportive and well-networked startup community has a direct impact on increasing the confidence and growth propensity of entrepreneurs.

Startup Mzansi is connecting and empowering community champions with the tools, resources and networks to drive grassroots transformation and fuel vibrant entrepreneurial communities from the ground up in partnership with institutional and community actors across South Africa.

In doing so, Startup Mzansi is broadening the traditional understanding of startup communities beyond the tech sector and is networking South Africa’s communities to each other and to global sister cities to accelerate entrepreneurs’ access to mentors, markets, capital and support for entrepreneurs – laying the foundations of South Africa’s entrepreneurship infrastructure.

Build your community.

Startup Mzansi bridges the gap between the community events and meetups that are already fostering the growth of your local ecosystem. We’re an open platform where startup founders can ask tough questions at 3am knowing that there is a pool of helpful and experienced mentors listening. We rely on local ambassadors who are already engaged as the local event organizers and thought leaders that every community needs to support growth. Learn more about our current ambassadors by clicking on the cities they represent.

Interested in joining us? Apply here.