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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.

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

During the bootcamp 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. At present the cost is a R950.00 admin fee only.

The 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.

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 entry criteria and a bootcamp that you are required to work through successfully. The bootcamp is the first two weeks of the course where you are critically evaluated before you can continue with the rest of the course modules.

There is a R950.00 course admin fee. The Startup School is looking to make the entrepreneurial learning path accessible to as many wanting entrepreneurs as possible without compromising on quality of learning and experience. The R950.00 admin fee aims to make the programme accessible whilst also still needing to ensure that costs and sustainability of the programme is possible.

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

This course will run through a period of 12 weeks consisting of 1 topic per week. Each week will consist of approximately 10 to 15 hours of learning time. The mentorship programme kicks in around week 9 of the course and will run for a further 8 consecutive weeks.

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.

Week 1: Developing an Entrepreneur’s Mindset

In Week 1, you will learn about the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and study from the examples of successful global and homegrown entrepreneurs.

Week 2: Problem Identification and Solutions Development

In Week 2, you will learn about the challenges facing different communities today, and the work that is being done in overcoming them, various problem solving methods, and the ability to formulate solutions to a variety of problems.

Week 3: Creating an Entrepreneurial Strategy

Week 3 will discuss the fundamentals of business strategy and look at how to start formulating your business plan, as well as the importance of a personal entrepreneurial strategy.

Week 4: Defining and Marketing Your Value Proposition

In this Week you will discover the world of marketing and learn how to define your target market. You will also learn how to define a specific value proposition for your business.

Week 5: Sales(person)ship

In Week 5, you will learn various sales techniques and how to set and interpret sales targets and reports. Additionally, you will be guided in developing and presenting a sales pitch for your business’s value proposition.

Week 6: The Fundamentals of Small Business Finance

Week 6 covers all you need to know regarding the basics of small business finance and accounting. This includes the interpretation of various accounting reports and setting and managing a budget for your business.

Week 7: Talent Management and Staff Development

In this Week you will learn about Human Resources and Labour Law in a South African context, discover when to outsource various tasks or when to hire full-time employees. You will also learn the characteristics of value-based leadership.

Week 8: The Art of Clear and Constructive Communication

In Week 8 you will discover the importance of constructive communication, how to improve as a communicator, and the best ways to approach conflict in your business.

Week 9: Intrapreneurship: Becoming Indispensable

You don’t need to own a business to have an entrepreneur’s mindset. Week 9 looks at ways of progressing within organisations, working as a professional, and becoming a linchpin of an organisation.

Week 10: Sharing the dream: Pitching Your Business Plan

During the course you will be led on a journey to completing a business plan. In this Week, you will learn presentation skills and create a presentation of your business plan. You will also learn about ways in which you can foster further opportunities for presenting your business plan.

Week 11: Execution and Operations

This Week covers a broad-based look operations management as applied to different sector scenarios and will teach you to develop an execution framework based on your business plan.

Week 12: Growth Strategies: Where to Next?

In Week 12 you will learn about a variety of tested growth strategies and how to discern when your business is ready to scale or expand into new markets