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We’re always on the lookout for Africa’s most extraordinary innovators, business leaders and future-obsessed investors who want deeper connectivity and to learn from others in the ecosystem.

If you’re looking to meet likeminded people who share your passion for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship then apply to become a member today.

Together we can learn, grow and make great things happen.

STARTUPS

The startup journey can be long, risky, lonely, but the rewards of building truly amazing products, tech, and team are worth it. Are you using technology and to solve Africa’s biggest problems? If you’re someone with big dreams, big ideas and you want to be part of a like-minded community of passionate, forward and innovative thinking entrepreneurs, then we’d love to welcome to Setup A Startup.

Access entrepreneurship training, community events, and investment opportunities.

Setup a Startup leverages strategic partnerships to create opportunities for startups across Africa.

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INVESTORS

Are you looking to invest your money, time and knowledge to support and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs? If you are passionate about investing in technological innovation and are constantly looking for big ideas, amazing teams, the next deal then Setup A Startup Investor network is a must.

Discover investment, partnership, and co-innovation opportunities with top African startups.

We welcome investors and corporations on our journey to assist Africa’s startups. Entrepreneurship is a community sport.

Help us offer our startups funding and partnerships to succeed.

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ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS

Do you work for an accelerator, incubator or co-working space? Are you helping grow the African startup ecosystem? Do you advocate for the visibility and funding of new and emerging technologies? Do you advocate for policy change that support startups or entrepreneurs? Are you a Community Manager looking for the next opportunity for your cohort? Are you supporting the entrepreneurs in your community in one way or the other? You are welcome to the Setup A Startup Ecosystem Builders community!

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We Connect Founders With Relevant Industry Mentors

THE MENTOR MANIFESTO

David Cohen of Techstars has developed a “Mentor Manifesto,” that articulates the values and characteristics of mentorship.

David ran Techstars for six years and watched eleven batches of companies interact with hundreds of mentors. In that time, he witnessed thousands of mentor interactions, from some of the best entrepreneurs and investors on the planet. Here’s what he says entrepreneurs can and should demand from their mentors. And here’s what mentors should consider if they want to build effective relationships with the entrepreneurs they’re working with.

MENTORS

It’s worth a read:

  • Be socratic.
  • Expect nothing in return (you’ll be delighted with what you do get back).
  • Be authentic / practice what you preach.
  • Be direct. Tell the truth, however hard.
  • Listen too.
  • The best mentor relationships eventually become two-way.
  • Be responsive.
  • Adopt at least one company every single year. Experience counts.
  • Clearly separate opinion from fact.
  • Hold information in confidence.
  • Clearly commit to mentor or do not. Either is fine.
  • Know what you don’t know. Say I don’t know when you don’t know. “I don’t know” is preferable to bravado.
  • Guide, don’t control. Teams must make their own decisions. Guide but never tell them what to do. Understand that it’s their company, not yours.
  • Accept and communicate with other mentors that get involved.
  • Be optimistic. Provide specific actionable advice, don’t be vague.
  • Be challenging/robust but never destructive.
  • Have empathy. Remember that startups are hard.

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SERVICE PROVIDERS

Offer your professional, consulting, or freelance services to the African startup community.

We welcome educators, community members, and professional service providers on our journey to assist Africa’s startups. Entrepreneurship is a community sport.

Help us offer our startups tools and support to succeed.

    Setup a Startup partner with a variety of organizations covering the following areas:

    • Entrepreneurial Services
    • Finance
    • Education
    • PR
    • Events