In a bid to help cultivate the next generation of anchor companies, Startup Mzansi Foundation will be touring South Africa to provide on-site inspiration, mentorship, training and new opportunities to thousands of entrepreneurs and startup creators as they start and grow their companies.

Debuting as the #StartItUp Campaign, the tour will run between May and September 2017. This 5 month cross–province tour will be a national community-building exercise; to kickstart a national conversation about how we can better support young entrepreneurs and cultivate an entrepreneurial culture. The campaign will bring together young people and partners through events fuelled by volunteers.

Registration includes a full day of non-stop action with an “un-conference” style program where entrepreneurs and startup creators will hear from top entrepreneurs and prominent business people.

Entrepreneurs can also participate in bootcamp-style training sessions in areas such as finance and taxation, scaling, marketing and going global. Experts will also be on hand for one-on-one mentorship and support, and organisations that provide training, funding, and other opportunities to entrepreneurs will also be available to connect entrepreneurs to a wider support network

Partners for the campaign are to include SARS, CIPC, SEDA, SEFA, DSBD, NYDA, IDC, NEF, ZADNA as well as local government agencies and Departments.

During the year, Startup Mzansi Foundation will focus on convening the South African entrepreneurship community and putting the national spotlight on entrepreneurs and startup creators in South Africa through a National Tour and Media Campaign.

In doing so, Startup Mzansi Foundation will work to:
• promote a more vibrant entrepreneurial and startup culture;
• support the development of strong entrepreneurial communities; and,
• create a strong brand for South African entrepreneurs at home and abroad.

National Tour
The Startup Mzansi National Tour will consist of:
• town Halls engaging more than 60,000 South Africans to collectively develop entrepreneurship action plans
• provincial launches with Premiers and Ministers
• training, keynote and mentorship events
• open houses wherein incubators, accelerators and research parks will open their facilities to the public for 
tours and workshops
• online community building through live-streamed events, a collaborative ideasWiki, a Speakers Corner 
video blog, and active presence on social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Media Campaign
As Startup Mzansi tours the country, it will engage the national entrepreneurship community through a variety of media channels (particularly its already in existence tri-media programme, viz., Startup Magazine, Startup TV and Startup FM) and bring the national spotlight to each province. The Startup Mzansi Foundation will work with the community to highlight best practices and community strengths; cover key issues and stories; and, showcase and celebrate entrepreneurs across the province.

Below is a summary of the expected outputs and activities of the campaign:
• 200 events fueled by volunteers and partners
• 100 000+ participants (physical)
• 1 Million+ potential reach (online)
• 40 South African communities
• 300+ partners & sponsors
• 5000+ video interviews for StartupTV
• 10 000+ entrepreneurship articles for Startup Magazine
• 3 Startup Bootcamps through the Startup Institute
• Daily, Weekly and Monthly Startup updates
• 22 Startup Podcasts and Episodes for StartupFM
• 11 Startup Pitch Nights
• 5 Startup Parties
• 1 Online Pitch Competition (#JustPitch)
• Startup 101 Classes & Workshops
• 500+ hours of consulting
• 1 National Startup Day to be held in October 2017
• 1 National Startup Assembly & Awards Ceremony to be held in Parliament in November 2017

Proposed Tour Dates
May 1 – 27 ​​Gauteng
​​​​May 1 – 5 Ekurhuleni
​​​​May 8 – 12 Tshwane
​​​​May 15 – 19 Vaal
​​​​May 22 – 27 Joburg
​​​​Startup Party – May 27
Jun 1 – 28​​KwaZulu Natal
​​​​Jun 1 – 5 Durban Central
​​​​Jun 8 – 12 Port Shepstone
​​​​Jun 15 – 19 Richardsbay
​​​​Startup Party – Jun 30
July 1 – 15​​Mpumalanga
​​​​July 3 – 5 Ermelo
​​​​July 7 – 9 Witbank
​​​​July 10 – 12 Nkomazi
​​​​July 13 – 17 Nelspruit
​​​​Startup Party – July 15
July 19 – 21 ​​Limpopo
July 31 – Aug 4 ​North West
Aug 6 – 11​​Free State
​​​​Startup Party – Aug 12
Aug 14 – 18​​Eastern Cape
​​​​East London
Sept 3 – 15​​Northern Cape
​​​ ​Kimberly
Sept 18 – 23​​Western Cape
​​​​Cape Town
​​​​Startup Party – 23 Sept
Post Tour Events
Oct ​​​National Startup Day (National, virtual)
​​​National Startup Challenge (National, virtual)
Nov​​​National Startup Assembly & Award Ceremony
(Parliament of RSA, Cape Town

Sandile Shabangu

StartupGuy is the Founder of Startup Mzansi and is on a mission to build Africa's Startup Ecosystem thus laying the foundation by bringing the essential elements for anyone to start and stay started in business.

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