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Startup School

Founded by some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs and supported by Investec, a leading Private Specialist bank, the Startup School facilitates the unlocking of entrepreneurial potential in South Africa and beyond .

The Startup School's offerings capacitate and facilitate support to encourage entrepreneurship in South Africa and across the African continent. The online courses are supported by strong and experienced teams of education, coaching and entrepreneurial specialists.

Startup School's

Approach to learning

Startup School takes a uniquely integrative approach to learning and unlocking potential, one that combines interactive learning, business coaching and mentorship, to facilitate the development of a set of core behaviours identified by research as critical for sustained entrepreneurial success and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset.

These behaviours are: 

  • Collaboration
  • Perseverance 
  • Application.


With us

You will:

  • Access a brilliant portfolio of learning materials and activities.
  • Be supported by Startup School’s exceptional business coaches.
  • Apply to be mentored by one of South Africa’s most successful business leaders.
  • Compete for prize funding to the value of R100,000, upon successful completion of the course.
  • Grow your network and connect with South Africa’s most inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs.
  • Learn entirely online and at your own pace.
Our courses

For Entrepreneurs

Marketing for Entrepreneurs

5/5 (2 ratings)

Start date: 02 Mar 2020
Applications close: 24 Feb 2020

In this 6 week online course you will be immersed in the strategic discipline of marketing and, not only will you develop a customer needs-focussed mindset that will filter down into the other aspects of your business, you will also begin implementing marketing tactics for your startup from the get-go. Each week, the course content, case studies, class discussions, and activities will be geared towards practical application to your business. This course will also equip you with a uniquely South African marketing perspective, exploring the intricacies of the SA marketing landscape.

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Entrepreneurship Course

4.59/5 (107 ratings)

Start date: 24 Feb 2020
Applications close: 21 Feb 2020

The Entrepreneurship Course is a 12-week online entrepreneurship development programme offering interactive learning activities that guide an entrepreneur from the ideation phase of their business through to the investor presentation of a comprehensive business plan. For Entrepreneurs who are already running a business, the course enhances key entrepreneurial skills and supports sustained business growth. Entrepreneurs on the course can apply to be mentored by one of South Africa's most successful business leaders. This is Startup School's flagship course offering, and along with partner Investec, is pioneering support and development within the African entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Startup School

For you

If you have an entrepreneurial mindset and a hunger to learn, then Startup School’s courses are for you!

We recommend a minimum of a Grade 12 qualification, as this will better equip an entrepreneur to work through the material.

Each module and content is designed to progressively challenge and equip entrepreneurs with the necessary entrepreneurship skills needed to manage, grow and sustain their business. Assignments and coursework will require a strong level of commitment and study, to ensure successful completion.



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