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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  7,000 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:

South Africa Events:

  • Startup Funding in South Africa featuring Jozi Angels and HAVAÍC: 6:00pm, Mar 12, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Pitch Your Ideas to South Africa Investors & Experts (Online): 6:00pm, Mar 19, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • How to Turn Your Startup Vision into Reality: Lessons from Startup Founders: 8:00pm, Mar 04, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Why Corporate Innovation Is Failing: Rethinking Strategies for Success: 8:00pm, Mar 06, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • How to Tackle the Gender Gap in Funding: Facts & Initiatives from Investors: 7:00pm, Mar 11, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • How to Drive B2B Sales Growth with LinkedIn & Social Selling : 7:00pm, Mar 18, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • How to Optimize Fundraising Efforts through Strategic Marketing Techniques : 7:00pm, Mar 20, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Crafting a Compelling Pitch: Secrets to Capturing Investors’ Interest: 7:00pm, Mar 25, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Pitch Lounge: Get Feedback on Your 1-Minute Pitch Idea from Startup Experts: 7:00pm, Apr 03, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • How Early-Stage AI Startups Will Fix Global Problems: 7:00pm, Apr 10, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Founder Showcase: Startup Pitch & Networking Event: 7:00pm, Apr 18, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):
  • Building a Fundable Start-up Brand: 7:00pm, May 20, 2024 (Africa/Johannesburg):

The experts that have been critical in bringing the Founder Institute to Cape Town include local startup leaders Deepti Jeram (Co-Founder, Boardroom In A Box), FI SA (XX, NA), Keshni Morar (Managing Director, Founder Institute South Africa + Investable), Lily Makaleng (Founder & CEO, WANDERFULLYSO), Roheeni Bhana (Founder and Digital Health Strategist, Health Tech LaunchPad).

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 2024 Founder Institute program, including:

  • Abu Bakr Cassim: Founder, Jozi Angels
  • Akua Nyame Mensah: Certified Executive & Leadership Coach, A.N.M & Company
  • Alan Fok: Growth Partner & Leadership Coach, The Forward Coach
  • Andre De Wet: CEO, 2ndBase Inc
  • Annu Augustine: Founder, NedRock
  • Anthony Stonefield: CEO & Co-founder, AutoRegenic Cell Laboratories
  • Ayodeji Agboola: Founder, Akowe
  • Ayodeji Agboola: CEO, Akowe
  • Bade Aluko: Managing Partner, White Hibiscus Capital
  • Bentzy Goldman: Founder, Perflo
  • Berg Moe: Owner, Berg Moe Media
  • Bhairav Patel: Managing Director, Atom CTO
  • 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
  • Craig Corte: CEO, New Media Kagiso Media
  • Dana Ohana: CEO and Co-Founder, Big Consulting
  • Deepti Jeram: CFO | Success Manager, Boardroom In A Box | Founders Institute South Africa
  • Deon Katz: CEO & co-Founder , Graphite Growth
  • Didier Vermeiren: Founder, Rialto
  • Dimitri Anagnostopoulos: Partner, True North Partners
  • Eitan Stern: Director & Lawyer, Legalese
  • Gareth Bleazard: CEO and Founder, Great North Road
  • Gatis Vilcans: Director of Technology, Atom CTO
  • Gbite Oduneye: Founder and Managing Partner, ODBA
  • Giovanni Focaraccio: Product Manager, Potenza
  • Greg Serandos: Founder & CEO, African Academy of Artificial Intelligence
  • Hema Vallabh: Founding Partner, Five35 Ventures
  • Idowu Akinde: Founder, Boolean Labs
  • Jaco De Wet: Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Jacobus Erasmus: Director, Founder Institute South Africa
  • Jatin Kataria: Founder & CEO, InMeSta
  • Johann Ungerer: Director, Multiple
  • Kamal Hassan: Founding Partner, Loyal VC
  • Katie Mapondera: Founder and Managing Partner, Q L and D LLC
  • Keshni Morar: Managing Director, Founder Institute South Africa + Investable
  • Kevin Chetty: Founder CEO, Macrocomm Financial Services / Xtenda Housing Finance
  • Kopano Mere: Market Activation Lead, SmartWage
  • Kyle Torrington: Co-Founder , Legal Legends
  • Leonardo Okpeh: Founder & CEO, Smartblocks
  • Lily Makaleng: Director, Founder Institute South Africa
  • Lundi Njomane: Director, Jozi Angels
  • Manoj Ranaweera: Founder & CEO, Techcelerate
  • Marco Broccardo: CEO , Eurocom
  • 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
  • Michael Smith: Managing Director, Hillsdon Consulting Inc.
  • 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
  • Paul Smith: Founder & CEO, Civitas
  • Pommie Lutchman: Founder & CEO, Ocular Technologies
  • Roheeni Bhana: Founder, Healthtech Launchpad
  • Russell Brand: CEO & Founder, Responsible Solutions Limited
  • Sabeeha Banubhai: Founder and Experience Director, Jack Studios
  • Sameer Babbar: Director, SVB Group
  • Sameer Sortur: Founding Partner, SquareCircle Ventures
  • Samuel Kwahene: IT Exec, OneConnect Technologies
  • Sanjay Soni: Chief Visionary & Venture Architect, Jozi Angels
  • Sanjay Rakshit: CPO / CTO, Atom CTO
  • 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
  • Torrey Smith: Co-Founder & CEO, Endiatx
  • Tracey Chas: Advisor, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  • Trevor Longino: Chief Marketing Officer, Unito
  • Tyrone Moodley: Venture Associate, HAVAÍC
  • Wesley Lynch: Founder, Snapplify
  • Yemi Oluseun: Founder/ CEO - Fintech, SaaS Business Growth, Automation & Change Management, The Change Hive

  • 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 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  


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