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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, Startup School strives to unlock entrepreneurial potential in South Africa and beyond.

Our online entrepreneurship courses have been carefully designed by a strong and experienced team of educational, business and coaching specialists. Each course combines interactive learning activities, practical tools, individualised feedback and coaching support to help entrepreneurs start and grow sustainable businesses. Our flagship Entrepreneurship course offers additional benefits, including one-to-one mentorship sessions and the chance to win business funding.

Startup School's

approach to learning

While many people start new businesses, few survive past the first year. This is why we studied the most critical behaviours for sustained entrepreneurial success, and created a uniquely integrative learning experience that would facilitate their development. 

Our online courses combine self-directed learning with human-centred support, including online discussion forums, business coaching and mentorship. Opportunities for collaboration with fellow entrepreneurs, and practical course content, means that you can start making improvements to your business (and seeing the results) immediately.

With us

You will:

  • Access practical course content
  • Engage in interactive learning activities
  • Be supported by experienced business coaches
  • Receive personal mentorship session*
  • Compete for funding to the value of R100,000
  • Network with Africa’s most inspiring entrepreneurs
  • Learn entirely online and at your own pace
*Ts & Cs apply
Why Startup School

is for you

All you need to apply for a Startup School course is an entrepreneurial mindset and a hunger to learn. We do, however, recommend a minimum of a Grade 12 qualification, as this will better equip you to work through the course content.

Each module is designed to challenge you more, and to equip you with the most critical skills for starting, managing and scaling a small business. For this reason, assignments and coursework will require a strong level of commitment to ensure a meaningful learning experience.

On successful completion of the course, you will be presented with a certificate.



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