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Bursaries are awarded on a merit basis and we therefore encourage you to apply. Our partner, Investec, is determined to grow entrepreneurs and is therefore committed to awarding bursaries to promising entrepreneurs.

The Startup School was founded by some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, and is supported by Investec, a bank with a true entrepreneurial spirit and culture.

The course will give you best in class entrepreneurial education, help you foster an entrepreneurial mind-set and support your journey through our holistic ecosystem of support.

If you have an entrepreneurial mind-set or running a business you can apply. There are some basic entry criteria and a bootcamp that you are required to work through successfully. The bootcamp phase is the first two weeks of the course where you are critically evaluated before you can continue with the rest of the course modules.

Each course provides participants with three types of support, technical, general and business coaching support. Support is available Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm and you can expect a 24 hour response time. Technical and general support are available for any administrative or technical queries while your Coach will ensure you are supported, receive feedback and guidance on your weekly activities and remain well informed regarding course happenings. Information and contact details regarding support will be provided in the orientation module.

We make our course materials available for offline viewing.

It is prize money and not debt/equity funding, that will be awarded to the most enterprising entrepreneurs by a panel of experts. Terms and conditions do apply.

Startup School entrepreneurs that complete the course will benefit from having worked through researched and curated content by experienced entrepreneurs and recognised academics that enable an entrepreneur to enhance their business knowledge and acumen from ideation all the way through to business and strategy execution. In addition, you will become part of Investec’s and Startup School’s holistic ecosystem of entrepreneurial support.

This course aims to enable participants to start and manage a business, or scale an existing business.

The bootcamp phase takes place over the first two weeks of any course. During this phase you will be required to complete all the activities and reflections in order for you to continue on the course. The bootcamp gives you the opportunity to ease into the course and to show your commitment to developing yourself as an entrepreneur.

As we continue to grow and build on the Startup School the fee structure of the course will be revised. Please refer to the course application page to get more details.

Once applications open and you have submitted yours we will review the application and let you know the outcome 1 - 2 weeks prior to the course commencing. Thereafter you will be provided with your login details and orientation information.

Each course is different. One week is considered to be one module. Each week will consist of approximately 10 to 15 hours of learning time.

If you successfully complete the course, build a defendable business plan and shape a viable business model you are better positioned to attract potential investors and funding.

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