We are entrepreneurs working together to build a South Africa for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the South African startup community.

From Inception to Disruption

Startup Mzansi is an entrepreneurially driven initiative aimed to supercharge the South African startup ecosystem in order to see many more startup success stories to come from South Africa. For that, we are working on making South Africa one of the world’s best places for startups by focusing on these
4 building blocks:

Strong Ecosystem

Uniting, building and representing the local startup community.

Smart People

Organizing training for startup teams and co-organizing impactful startup events within the community.

Smart Money

Educating the local investors, attracting foreign investors and initiating new accelerator funds.

Friendly Regulations

Making it easier to operate a startup, invest or raise funding in Southern Africa.

About Startup Mzansi

Founded by Sandile Shabangu in 2012, Startup Mzansi Foundation is a Non Profit Company supporting innovative youth entrepreneurship in South Africa.

We are a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in South Africa. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities and cross-sector initiatives, we are advance entrepreneurial momentum and the culture of entrepreneurship as the voice of entrepreneurs.


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Forward looking articles, news, updates and insights on the South African startup ecosystem