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The South Africa Founder Institute, the local chapter of the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is proud to announce the newest Alumni from the South Africa Winter 2023 program.

After meticulous selection process and intense four months of aggressive business-building sprints, constant evaluation, and feedback from investors and mentors, just 11 companies were able to make it through. 

Each of these Founders have demonstrated a high level of perseverance and creativity, and their businesses have been thoroughly vetted and supported by a panel of South Africa 's top startup experts and investors.  

And now, without further ado, we present the Alumni of the South Africa program: 

  • KES Smart Cloud - a company that provides infrastructure as a service to telco's and advertisers through a smart pole that it leases to its customers.
  • Kasi Gas - a startup that converts organic waste into valuable resources such as biogas, to meet the energy needs of rural communities and promote sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Revisall - an EdTech project enhancing knowledge retention and quality education.
  • Construction Pro AI - an AI solution that utomates schedule updates through voice-texts to images on site, predicting completion dates.
  • The Workrate - an employee compensation management platform that helps enterprises in Africa simplify salary benchmarking.
  • Plan A -  a company that provides an interactive marketplace for both vendors and clients across the events industry.
  • Nomad Life Elements - a startup creating a fan and celebrity experience by modernizing the engagement and make it more consistent, more interactive and more global.
  • Tagora Technologies -  a tech startup building software solutions for the energy distribution space. 
  • Izitho ze Afrika Hosiery - a company that creates shaping hosieries, to fit African women’s body types
  • Eazy Way Rides - an end-to-end solution that seamlessly connects drivers and businesses, optimizing operations and profitability. With comprehensive driver training and vehicle rentals, they create employment opportunities, fostering success for all stakeholders.

The South Africa program would not have been possible without help, because it truly takes a city to raise a startup.

Join us at at South Africa Founder Institute Graduation Event on August 8, 2023 @ 6pm SAST 

South Africa Local Directors 

We would first like to thank the Local Directors of the South Africa Founder Institute: Deepti Jeram (Co-Founder, Boardroom In A Box), FI SA (XX, NA), John Zabula (Founder, Revisall), Keshni Morar (Managing Director, Founder Institute South Africa + Investable), Lily Makaleng (Director, The Founder Institute South Africa), Nisha Kotecha, Victoria Odimba (Founder/CEO, C Insights Africa). Our Local Leaders play an incredibly important role in building the local Founder Institute program, and creating an environment and network in South Africa that is conducive to building to great companies.

In addition, the South Africa Winter 2023 program was supported by some of South Africa's top technology organizations, including:

Some of South Africa's top startup mentors helped our founders in the program, including:

* Akua Nyame Mensah * Alan Fok * Ayodeji Agboola * Berg Moe * Chris Foltz * Devin Butler * Dimitri Anagnostopoulos * Eitan Stern * Greg Serandos * Idowu Akinde * Jatin Kataria * Kamal Hassan * Katie Mapondera * Keshni Morar * Kopano Mere * Kyle Torrington * Leonardo Okpeh * Marco Broccardo * Mark Fritz * Mark Kleyner * Michael Smith * Nevo Hadas * Noah Wallach * Olivier Chas * Pommie Lutchman * S'onqoba Vuba * Sanjay Soni * Sheriff Olujide * Sola Adekanye * Torrey Smith

In the Founder Institute's pre-seed accelerator program, early-stage entrepreneurs and teams build their business alongside a critical support network of local startup experts that share equity in their success, and through a structured and challenging business-building process that has helped alumni raise over $1.75BN. 

After Graduation, the new South Africa Founder Institute Portfolio Companies now have a fast-growing company that has been fully validated by experienced startup founders, with access to the Founder Institute's global network and post-graduate support programs to continue building their business. 

Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the Founder Institute to raise funding, building a co-founding team, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities and 100+ countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to Globalize Silicon Valley and empower talented and motivated entrepreneurs to build companies that will create one million new jobs.

The next South Africa Founder Institute program is being planned now. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, visit FI.co/apply/southafrica.

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Alumni of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

See the most recent news from our Grads at FI.co/news, or learn more about their stories at FI.co/graduates


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