Cape Town entrepreneurs are joining the mission to “globalise Silicon Valley” as The Founder Institute looks to set up in the Mother City.
The launch will bring existing and prospective founders a path, through a part-time four-month programme, to launch their dream company with expert training, feedback and support from experienced start-up CEOs – while not being required to quit their day job.
Those wanting to learn more can attend a free upcoming Founder Institute event:
* Start-up Pitch Bootcamp, 22 April 2013;
* Founder Institute Information Session, 29 April 2013; or
* Start-up Ideation Bootcamp, 6 May 2013.
In just four years of operation, the Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute has graduated over 800 technology companies across 42 cities and 24 countries, can be found on five continents and is acknowledged as world’s largest start-up accelerator.
The programme is open to anybody that is passionate about building a technology company: idea or no idea, full-time job or unemployed, young or old, male or female, experienced in business or straight out of school. With sufficient interest shown, The Founder Institute plans to launch in Cape Town in the next couple of months.
Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Cape Town are Nevo Hadas and Paul Salvage, two seasoned entrepreneurs with multiple start-up successes and experience in corporate venturing of new businesses inside large existing ones.
Other leaders of local tech companies who have signed on to mentor the courses include Alan Lipschitz (CEO of Interface Holdings/Webmail), Geoff Cohen (CEO of, Bryan Hattingh (CEO of Cycan), Michael Law (CEO of Attix5), Nic Haralambous (former CEO of Motribe), Roy Ingle (MD of Hipzone), Tinus Le Roux (CEO of Fancam), Gavin Moffat (join.the.dots) and more.