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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

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  6,500 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:

South Africa Events:

  • How to Build a Global Startup from South Africa on 6:00pm, Feb 21, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Top Fundraising Strategies for your Ideas in Africa on 6:00pm, Mar 07, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online Conference) on 8:00pm, Feb 08, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 6:30pm, Feb 09, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Open Mic: Pitch Ideas & Get Friendly Feedback (online event) on 8:00pm, Feb 15, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 8:00pm, Feb 22, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, Mar 01, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • [Restricted] Venture Trailblazers, featuring Tim Draper (VIP Event) on 6:30pm, Mar 06, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 7:00pm, Mar 15, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 7:00pm, Apr 12, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 7:00pm, May 31, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 7:00pm, Jun 07, 2023 (Africa/Johannesburg):

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Cape Town include local startup leaders 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 Winter 2023 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
  • Alexander Fraser: CEO, Fraser Consulting
  • 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,
  • Corne Korb: Managing Director, X/Procure
  • Craig Corte: CEO, New Media Kagiso Media
  • Dana Ohana: CEO and Co-Founder, Big Consulting
  • Dawn Watts: Founder & CEO , DW Consultants Inc
  • Deepti Jeram: CFO
  • Deon Katz: CEO & co-Founder , Graphite Growth
  • Derek Distenfield: Investor, Fundamental Global
  • Deshan Reddy: Director, Crescot
  • Desigan Pather: Founder & Operations Director, AfriSHE
  • Deven Govender, LionPride Investment Holdings
  • Didier Vermeiren: Founder, Rialto
  • Dimitri Anagnostopoulos: Partner, True North Partners
  • Eitan Stern: Director & Lawyer, Legalese
  • Giovanni Focaraccio: Product Manager, Potenza
  • Hema Vallabh: Founding Partner, Five35 Ventures
  • Idowu Akinde: Founder, Boolean Labs
  • Jacobus Erasmus: CEO, IvyWeb
  • Jatin Kataria: Founder & CEO, InMeSta
  • Johann Ungerer: Director, In Between Projects
  • Jonathan Greechan: Co-Founder & CEO, Founder Institute
  • Joshua Murima: Head of Engagement & Investor Relations, Briter Bridges
  • Justin Hartman: Founder, 22 Digital
  • Kamal Hassan: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Keith Van Nierkerk: Group Executive: M&A And Partnership, Letsema
  • 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
  • Lachlan Harris: CEO, LJI International
  • Lily Makaleng: CEO & Founder, WANDERFULLYSO
  • Marco Broccardo: CEO , Eurocom
  • Mark Kleyner: Co-Founder, Dream VC
  • Mark Fritz: Managing Director, Procedor
  • Martin Luenendonk: Co-Founder, Finance Club
  • 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
  • Naadiya Moosajee: Co-Founder, WomanHub
  • Naeem Seedat
  • Nevo Hadas: Director, & innovation
  • Nivesh Pather: Investment Manager, Norrsken22
  • Noah Wallach: Founder, Hope OS
  • Olivier Chas: Entrepreneur, Effective Marketing
  • Ope Banwo: Attorney/Techfounder, Mobisoft360 Inc. + GistHouse
  • Pambos Soteriades: Founder & CEO, PiSigma Consulting
  • Phumzile Ntola, Manini Consulting
  • Phumzile Ntola: Principal Consultant, Manini Consulting
  • Pommie Lutchman: Founder & CEO, Ocular Technologies
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Sabeeha Banubhai: Founder and Experience Director, Jack Studios
  • Sameer Sortur: Founder & CEO , SquareCircle Global
  • Samuel Kwahene: IT Exec, OneConnect Technologies
  • Sanjay Soni: Director, Black Lite Group
  • Sheriff Olujide: Managing Partner, SOCS GokSon Capital (SGC) Ventures
  • Sienna Leis: Managing Director, Cova Experience Design
  • S'onqoba Vuba: Co-Founder and MD, Perpetu8
  • Stephan Wessels: Head of Customer Advisory - South Africa, SAS
  • Tamzin Lovell-Miller: Founder & CEO, Artfundi
  • Tebogo Mokobo: Co-Founder, Eightyfour600 (PTY) LTD
  • Tebogo Moloi: Founder, Eightyfour600 (PTY) LTD
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Tracey Chas: Advisor, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  • Tumelo Chaka: Chief Township Officer Digitization | Unbanked Market , First National Bank
  • Wesley Lynch: Founder, Snapplify
  • 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 Winter 2023 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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