The existence of a supportive and well-networked startup community has a direct impact on increasing the confidence and growth propensity of entrepreneurs. Startup Mzansi is connecting and empowering community champions with the tools, resources and networks to drive grassroots transformation and fuel vibrant entrepreneurial communities from the ground up in partnership with institutional and community actors across South Africa.

In doing so, Startup Mzansi is broadening the traditional understanding of startup communities beyond the tech sector and is networking South Africa’s communities to each other and to global sister cities to accelerate entrepreneurs’ access to mentors, markets, capital and support for entrepreneurs – laying the foundations of South Africa’s entrepreneurship infrastructure.



A balance of impact, profit and mission

Entrepreneurship typically focuses on identifying opportunities for creating customer value, ultimately yielding a profit for the funders and investors. Sustainable entrepreneurship on the other hand takes a slightly different perspective by emphasizing t


A new and bold vision for South Africa

South Africa requires a bold vision and a call to action for everyone to help to realize that vision through their own unique approaches, leveraging education, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. As growing connectivity to the Internet has democr