Startupbootcamp Cape Town

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Startupbootcamp Cape Town is a leading accelerator focused on high-growth startups in blockchain, connected devices, payment solutions, capital markets and asset management, integrated supply chain, e-commerce, retailtech, insurtech, alternative financing, identity management, digital connectivity, data and behavioral analytics and enabling technologies.

The accelerator is anchored by leading corporate sponsors Old MutualRCSBNP Paribas, Nedbank, Woolworths Financial Services, and PwC that will support and grow the program and selected startups. Global sponsors include Amazon Web Services, and Cisco.


Watch the Startupbootcamp Cape Town Demo Day 2017 video, showcasing 10 of the top African startups that are already changing and shaping the future of the continent. After three months of challenge and hard work, our cohort will be ready tell their story, and showcase their ventures to the world. 

The 10 companies taking the stage have showcased some of the most innovative technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Insurtech, Cross-border Payments, Social impact and more!

We invited everyone to attend, meet the startups and network with hundreds of investors, mentors, corporate sponsors, Startupbootcamp Program Directors from around the globe, and the African tech ecosystem.


Our 2018 FastTrack World Tour

Between February and May, we will visit the startup ecosystems in our FastTrack World Tour, supported by key partners at each city. The main goal of the tour is to deliver “real” value to the selected teams, including connections to investors and business partners.

*Please note that these are provisional dates and are subject to change 

30 January Zurich PricewaterhouseCoopers AG
19 February Cape Town  RCS Group
21 February Johannesburg The Capital Empire
26 February Gaborone Travel Lodge Hotel
28 February Harare Steward Bank Zimbabwe
19 March Kigali To be determined
21 March Kampala To be determined
23 March Nairobi To be determined
7 April Lagos To be determined
9 April Abidjan To be determined
12 April Accra To be determined
18 April Durban To be determined
24 April Dubai To be determined
26 April Cairo To be determined
9 May Johannesburg To be determined
14 May Tel Aviv To be determined
16 May Paris To be determined
18 May London To be determined
22 May Cape Town To be determined


Over the 3 months program, 10 selected high potential startups from across the globe have accelerated their companies with the help of our team of first-class entrepreneurs, investors, and partners. In 3 months, the selected teams have achieved what normally would take you 18 months, by leveraging direct access to key contacts in the industry.

We provided each team with €15,000, access to 100+ highly engaged mentors from the FinTech, InsurTech and RegTech industries, free office space, and access to funding from a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms.

Key Focus Areas

Alternative Finance


Authentication & Identity Management

Big Data


Capital Markets & Asset Management


Cross-Border Payments


Enabling Technologies

Financial Inclusion

Identity Authentication

Insurance 2.0

Payment Solutions


  • Feb 21

    Applications open

  • May 24

    Applications close

  • Jul 10 - 13

    Selection Days

  • Aug 13

    Program begins

  • Nov 08

    Demo Day

Why join the program?

3-Month Program

An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses.


Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals - from business model canvas, lean methodology to fundraising

Corporate Partners

Connections to the leading corporates in your industry for pilot projects, partnership opportunities, and as customers

Global Network

Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries

Tailored Mentorship

Over 1000 carefully selected mentors who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions

Coworking Space

Free desks for your entire team in a dynamic coworking space for the duration of the 3-month program

Living Expenses

€15K in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program

Perks & Discounts

More than €500K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, HubSpot, SendGrid, and others

Alumni Growth Program

Continued post-program support far after the 3-month program through annual alumni only events, deals and tailored introductions

Industry Events

Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading Commerce conferences and events

Investor Access

Meet the most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world

Demo Day

A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with 400+ investors, corporates, mentors and press attendees

 Ideal Test Market

CapeTown has a vibrant startup ecosystem. With one of the world's best emerging economies, a high percentage of English speakers, Cape Town is fast becoming one of the most attractive startup hubs in the world. South Africa is the ideal test market to trial new technology and understand customer needs and wants. The public is fast becoming technology oriented, and fast and reliable connectivity is making its mark on the homes in and around Cape Town. The Mother City that is fast becoming the best place to grow your startup.

Startupbootcamp NXT

Upon completion of the program, startups will gain access to our extensive Global Alumni network. Furthermore, teams will be invited in our 'SBC NXT' Alumni support program, through which we provide 8 relevant Alumni services throughout the lifetime of the startups and beyond.

What we ask in return

In return, Startupbootcamp gets 8% equity in each company. We don't take board seats, and we don't get preferred shares. We strive to be the world's most useful co-founders.


The Startupbootcamp Cape Town office is located on the 4th floor of the Cartel House which operates under Inner City Ideas Cartel. ICIC offers scalable workspace for any startup who needs an office, where you are able to engage and enjoy the presence of like-minded people. Cartel House is aiming to become the startup hub for the city of Cape Town, a place any startup would like to be! Cartel House - 113 Loop St. Cape Town, 8000 South Africa Map

Startupbootcamp Cape Town Team

Philip Kiracofe

Philip Kiracofe

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Zachariah George

Zachariah George

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Paul Nel

Paul Nel

Chief Partnership Officer
Elize Nel

Elize Nel

Chief Operations Officer
Nsovo Nkatingi

Nsovo Nkatingi

Accelerator Program Manager and Operations
Motlhabane Koloi

Motlhabane Koloi

Legal, Scouting and Alumni Manager
Nathaniel Witbooi

Nathaniel Witbooi

Marketing Manager

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