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Now, more than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs to build the future.

As a result, the Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that it is officially launching its newest chapter in South Africa. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in Cape Town and throughout the country can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute's renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company. 

Applications to the first-ever Cape Town Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply at

Program Update: This accelerator will be run online with local and international mentors, with the potential for some optional in-person networking. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding, and build something that matters.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  6,000 Alumni raise over $1.75BN funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free online startup events in South Africa, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program from the comfort of your home:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • 9 Week Guide to Launch a Startup to $1MM ARR with Trevor Longino (Online) on 7:00pm, Oct 05, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • [Restricted] Early Stage Product & Sales Lessons, with award-winning FI mentor Ernest Yap + Global Networking Summit on 7:00pm, Oct 13, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Workshop: Pitching and Fundraising for Pre-Seed Startups (Online Event) on 7:00pm, Oct 19, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 7:00pm, Oct 26, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 8:00pm, Nov 16, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur (Online Networking Event) on 8:00pm, Nov 23, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 8:00pm, Dec 07, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 8:00pm, Dec 21, 2022 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 by Finding a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, Jan 04, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Cape Town include local startup leaders Africa Admin, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (Co-founder,, Deepti Jeram (Chief Financial Director, Boardroom In A Box), FI SA (XX, NA), Jacobus Erasmus (Mr, IvyWeb (Pty) Ltd), Keshni Morar (Director, Founder Institute and InvestABLE), Lily Makaleng (Founder & CEO, WANDERFULLYSO), Phumzile Ntola (Principal Consultant, Manini Consulting).

Opportunities are flourishing in South Africa. There's now a great ecosystem for entrepreneurs - from crowdfunding platforms to digital communities. The Founder Institute can increase an aspiring technology entrepreneur's chance of success by providing the necessary skills and mindset - and a link to the Silicon Valley!

In addition, many of the region's top founders, CEOs, advisors, and investors have signed on to mentor new entrepreneurs in the South Africa Spring 2022 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Abdullah Verachia: Founder and CEO, The Strategists
  • Abu Bakr Cassim: Founder, Jozi Angels
  • Akua Nyame Mensah: Certified Executive & Leadership Coach, A.N.M & Company
  • Andre De Wet: CEO, 2ndBase Inc
  • Annu Augustine: Founder, NedRock
  • Anthony Stonefield: CEO & Co-founder, AutoRegenic Cell Laboratories
  • Armando Mualumene: Founder and Project Developer & Team Leader, The iDEASLab
  • Ayodeji Agboola: Founder, Akowe
  • Bade Aluko: Managing Partner, White Hibiscus Capital
  • Bentzy Goldman: Founder, Perflo
  • Bhairav Patel: Managing Director, Atom CTO
  • Boitumelo "Tumi" Menyatswe: Co-Founder & CEO, OPENSEED & Quantum
  • Brian O. Sing'ora: Brian Obwora Sing'ora, Origee-Nation Ventures
  • Charlotte Luzuka: Co-Founder & Investor, Dazzle Angels
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Chris Foltz: Entrepreneur In Residence, Founder Institute + Responsible Solutions Ltd + IRG 100 CMO's & Change Agents
  • Christian Sørensen: CEO & Founder,
  • Dana Ohana: CEO and Co-Founder, Big Consulting
  • Dawn Watts: Founder & CEO , DW Consultants Inc
  • Deon Katz: CEO & co-Founder , Graphite Growth
  • Derek Distenfield: Investor, Fundamental Global
  • Dimitri Anagnostopoulos: Partner, True North Partners
  • Eitan Stern: Director & Lawyer, Legalese
  • Gareth Bleazard: CEO and Founder, Great North Road
  • Giovanni Focaraccio: Product Manager, Potenza
  • Gordana McNamara: Managing Director & Co-Founder, Chatroom
  • Hema Vallabh: Founding Partner, Five35 Ventures
  • Idowu Akinde: Founder, Boolean Labs
  • Jacobus Erasmus: CEO, IvyWeb
  • Jatin Kataria: Founder & CEO, InMeSta
  • Joe Da Silva, Product Anywhere
  • Joe Phalwane: Founder & CEO, Aerouddies & AeroBuddies Consulting
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Joshua Murima: Head of Engagement & Investor Relations, Briter Bridges
  • Kamal Hassan: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Keshni Morar: Director, Founder Institute and InvestABLE
  • Kevin Chetty: Founder CEO, Macrocomm Financial Services / Xtenda Housing Finance
  • Kopano Mere: Market Activation Lead, SmartWage
  • Kyle Torrington: Co-Founder , Legal Legends
  • Lily Makaleng: Founder, WanderfullySo
  • Lily Makaleng: CEO & Founder, WANDERFULLYSO
  • Lundi Njomane, WZ Capital
  • Mark Kleyner: Co-Founder, Dream VC
  • Mark Fritz: Managing Director, Procedor
  • Mauricio Cardoso: Corporate Venture Manager, O POVO Communication Group
  • Maushami Chetty: Founder and CEO, Aarya Legal & Kleva Contracts
  • Michael O'donnell: Principal, LLC
  • Moritz Gripp: Co-Founder, Futurize
  • Nivesh Pather: Investment Manager, Norrsken22
  • Noah Wallach: Founder, Hope OS
  • Olivier Chas: Entrepreneur, Effective Marketing
  • Pambos Soteriades: Founder & CEO, PiSigma Consulting
  • Phenyo Mabokela: Founder, Bespoke Innovations (Pty) Ltd
  • Phumzile Ntola: Principal Consultant, Manini Consulting
  • Pitsi Mnisi: Director, MCorp Investments
  • Pommie Lutchman: Founder & CEO, Ocular Technologies
  • Pratika Chung: Angel Investor, Standard Bank
  • Robert Boccia: CEO, Technology & Innovation , Technology Innovation Group
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Sabeeha Banubhai: Founder and Experience Director, Jack Studios
  • Sameer Sortur: Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Global
  • Sanjay Soni: Director, Black Lite Group
  • Sara Ledterman: General Partner, 3+ Ventures
  • Sheriff Olujide: Managing Partner, SOCS GokSon Capital (SGC) Ventures
  • Sienna Leis: Managing Director, Cova Experience Design
  • Simon Turner: Founding Partner, Groundbreaking, Managing Director, FI Ghana
  • S'onqoba Vuba: Co-Founder and MD, Perpetu8
  • Stephan Wessels: Head of Customer Advisory - South Africa, SAS
  • Tamzin Lovell-Miller: Founder & CEO, Artfundi
  • Tomi Davies: Collaborator-in-Chief, TVC Labs
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Tracey Chas: Advisor, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  • Zizipho Nyanga: Managing Executive: SME and Platform Banking, Grindrod Bank

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The organization's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in South Africa and help build the future. 

Apply to the South Africa Spring 2022 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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