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.