Cape Town Social Innovation Bootcamp
In partnership with StartupBootcamp Afritech
Solve a local problem in South Africa
Join our next cohort accelerating innovation towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by solving a social, health or environmental problem in South Africa. Learn to apply a proven social entrepreneurship framework alongside a cohort of innovators. Receive 1-1 mentorship to design your solution and pitch, and receive initial investor feedback.
Teams that validate interest for their solution will be eligible to receive an investment offer from our partner fund.
Apply MIT's "Disciplined Entrepreneurship", Google Venture's "Sprint", HubSpot's "Flywheel" and "Theory of Change" frameworks to design and test your solution. Startupbootcamp AfriTech has sourced several innovation challenges from the local community.
Expert Mentors from Startupbootcamp AfriTech and BonBillo provide guidance to design your solution and pitch. Learn from successful local entrepreneurs and corporate innovation leaders.
Work alongside local entrepreneurs in a vibrant environment with office space and amenities at the Old Foundry, Ideas Cartel, Greenpoint. Accommodation with a single room is included at a guest house in Observatory, managed by our award-winning local hosts VA Corps.
Understand and appreciate South Africa through excursions to the Townships, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point and Boulders Beach. Experience the Aquila Safari with the Big Five on show.
Local challenges, a proven entrepreneurship framework and mentorship to design and test your solution
We provide key elements social innovators need to solve a problem: Local context and challenges, a proven framework for rapidly designing and testing a solution, access to top advisors and industry experts, an accomplished peer group, a vibrant workspace, residence and local excursions.
Participants arrive and check in to their residence.
Program orientation and introduction.
Excursion to the stunning Constantia Vineyards.
Apply “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” and “Sprint” frameworks to Select a Problem and Identify your Target Customer.
Apply “Sprint” to design and test your solutions with customers and “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” to define your value proposition, core and competitive positioning.
Design your go-to-market and customer acquisition strategy.
Excursion to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison before the fall of apartheid.
Tour of Cape Town’s stunning attractions including Cape Point, Boulders Beach with its colony of African Penguins and Table Mountain.
Design your business model to maximize value creation for customers and align timing of value creation to your payouts.
Develop your Theory of Change with clear impact metrics to communicate your social impact with all stakeholders.
Design your pitch to the local innovation community.
Pitch your solution to the local innovation community in Cape Town.
The Aquila Safari, a two-hour drive from Cape Town, is an incredible experience with the Big Five on show.
What participants say?
Software Engineer, ParkUpp
Luntu Ayabulela Quntana
Founder, Car Park
I really liked how they pushed me towards the right direction about the problem we are trying to solve. I also got a chance to learn a lot about my country's history and I also experienced the beauty of South Africa.
Early Bird Price of $2,450. This includes accommodation, co-working space, events and excursions. It excludes flights to Cape Town, daily food and commute.
Who is the program for?
Entrepreneurs and innovators interested in solving South Africa’s problems, expanding into South Africa and building a team in South Africa.
University students interested in exploring a social impact startup focused on South Africa.
Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Join a global community of social entrepreneurs in a 3-month online bootcamp to launch your startup. Apply a proven entrepreneurship curriculum, receive expert mentorship and get partner benefits of $50K. Pitch your startup to the innovation community on Demo Day.
Learn to apply a proven entrepreneurship curriculum to help solve a social, health or environmental problem in South Africa with a team of accomplished peers.
$2,450 (Early bird price)
Now accepting applications