STARTUP a next-gen platform for startup mentorship and networking.

70% of mentored businesses survive more than five years. Inc, Magazine
78% of startups  say networking is vital to entrepreneurial success. Forbes Magazine

Access to world-class personalised mentorship used to be only possible for a few who have the right connections or who have a lot of money to pay for top mentors – but not anymore! gives you, the aspiring or early-stage entrepreneur, access to mentorship, networking and tools that are vital for you to ideate, validate and launch your startup.

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Our expert guest is Arno Smit, co-founder FundedByMe

Learn how to check if your idea works and what to measure.

This masterclass gives you the tools and methods used check if your ideas can be a business and whether you should reiterate or pivot. It will give you the necessary knowledge and tools to measure the most important metrics. This masterclass will save you months and years of pain and frustration of potential customers not buying your product or using your app.

Our guest expert Arno Smit is the co-founder of FundedByMe. He is a Developer / Designer / Entrepreneur born in Namibia but living in Sweden.

FundedByMe provides equity crowdfunding opportunities for entrepreneurs and investment opportunities for private investors. They have raised more than €60 million from over 500 companies world wide and got listed on the stock market.


Wed 25th September 2019
Seedstars Cape Town, 8 Spin Street, Cape Town

Get results!



Generate and test your idea


Check if prospective users would actually use your product

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Get first customers and build an MVP and raise funding


World-Class Mentors

Access world-class experienced mentors who can provide insight into your specific business challenges and enable you to successfully navigate your entrepreneurial journey

Startup Grind Events

Gain complimentary access to the world’s largest startup community. Attend free educational and inspirational events where you can connect with like-minded people and learn from successful local entrepreneurs. This is currently for Cape Town


Get complimentary access to online and in-person masterclasses run by subject-matter experts that provide you with growth hacks and help you to unblock key business challenges.


Get access to networking and member opportunities. entrepreneurship retreats that allow you to step away from your business to work on it rather that in it all the time. Take critical time away to think about the big picture and map your strategy.


Get world-class mentorship, expert masterclasses and networking meetups.

Limited launch price


Sign up at the launch price!


You’ll be part of the “founding 500” that help shape the programme.
You can cancel anytime. For your security, all orders are processed on a secured server.

Your payment will be processed by PayFast and will come from Africa Trust Academy

If you have problems or questions call or whatsapp +27832475296 or email [email protected]


Our resident mentors are experts in the various aspects of ideation, validation, customer development, rapid prototyping and investor readiness.

Misty Sutton-Pryce

Guest Expert

Misty Sutton-Pryce is co-founder of Reconnect Agency which focuses on reconnecting individuals in organisations to one other and to their vision, values and goals. She is a qualified Thinking Environment ® Facilitator and is an expert at communication strategies for leadership development. She is also an Associate of The Creative Leadership Consultancy, which is a boutique leadership development house which enhances leadership through play. Misty has a history in Education and Theatre in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Sheraan Amod

Guest Expert

Sheraan Amod is the CEO and founder of Recomed. Sheraan has lot of experience in technology startups and venture capital. He founded the personalised publishing company Personera out of Cape Town in 2009; raising significant venture capital funding and commercializing the company in the USA before exiting it to the US firm Impression Works in 2013.

Lelemba Phiri

Resident Mentor

Lelemba Phiri is an award winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and gender-lens angel investor. She is the Principal at the Africa Trust Group that takes a holistic approach to investing in early stage women businesses by investing in both the woman entrepreneur and the enterprise; and facilitating their access to markets and critical business tools. She is also a director and shareholder for Zoona a mobile payments business and Africa Trust Academy a training company focused on leadership, entrepreneurship development and financial literacy.


Our resident mentors are experts in the various aspects of ideation, validation, customer development, rapid prototyping and investor readiness.

Sandras J. Phiri


Sandras Phiri is an award-winning entrepreneur and director for Startup Grind South Africa. He is the CEO and founder of Africa Trust Academy, a coaching and consulting company. Sandras has worked with over 25 organisations and has lectured at over 15 universities. His work has taken him to 21 countries including Silicon Valley USA, Hong Kong, Ghana, India, Mexico, Switzerland and France. Some of the organisations served include Sanlam, General Electric, Big Brother Africa, McKinsey & Co, The Foschini Group and the African Union.

Lianne Du Toit

Resident Mentor

Lianne Du Toit is the co-founder of Care Direct, a platform that matches care seekers and caregivers to each other in South Africa. She is also a qualified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator which is a proven methodology that helps unlocks the potential of all the participants in a workshop environment. Lianne has hosted over 1000 events focused on uplifting communities through raising awareness of technology while she was Vice-Chair of Silicon Cape and founder of Renegade Tech Events and HackOn.
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Lebo Mokgabudi

Resident Mentor

Lebo Mokgabudi is a leading voice in Fintech Africa who is building digital financial solutions which includes commercialisation, partnerships and financial inclusion advisory services. She has experience in 14 African markets with Financial Institutions, Mobile Network Operators, Regulators, Development Funding Institutions and Fintechs with experience in supporting access to new markets, accelerating financial inclusion and/or be enabling organizations to be relevant in the changing digital economy. She was a recipient of the Inspiring fifty in STEM


Get Started brings together like-minded people and has created an eco-system that is more close to home. I look forward to learning from and assisting people who are also growing in a similar path. I also look forward to gaining world-class content and role models to keep up with international standards.


I'm wondering why I never got on sooner! They could have saved me lots of money. Before getting on I spent over R100,000 developing an app that nobody used. Now through the customer dev and rapid prototyping, I'm building exactly what users want.

MARIEKEAspiring Entrepreneur

As a budding entrepreneur, I've realized that the startup landscape is not an easy one. You can watch many YouTube videos and read various books, but mentorship is still crucial for increasing the odds of success. provides our startup, Scholar Route, with invaluable insights and guidance. is a game changer for African startups!