From Inception to Disruption

Startup Mzansi is a non-governmental initiative aimed to supercharge the Southern African startup ecosystem in order to see many more startup success stories to come from Southern Africa. For that, we are working on making Southern Africa one of the world's best places for startups by focusing on these
4 building blocks:

Strong Ecosystem

Uniting, building and representing the local startup community.

Smart People

Organizing trainings for startup teams and co-organizing impactful startup events with the community.

Smart Money

Educating the local investors, attracting foreign investors and initiating new accelerator funds.

Friendly Regulations

Making it easier to operate a startup, invest or raise funding in Southern Africa.

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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