LaunchLab’s Ideas Programme 2018 for early-stage South African Startups

Application Deadline: September 28th 2018

Stellenbosch University business incubator Launchlab is now accepting Applications from early-stage South African startups looking to validate their concepts or improve their technology offering are in luck.

The programme will be run together with partners Nedbank, Mercedes-Benz SA, WineTech and Santam and entries are set to close on 28 September.


After receiving hundreds of entries, we will filter 20-40 startups to run through a 2 week of a value proposition design crash course.  During this time we will determine if we have the resources and network to be able to add value to the startups and help them toward success.

After 2 weeks of this, we will select the shortlist to pitch to a panel of judges from our partners for entry into our incubation programmes.

Pitching Platform/Show Case

The shortlist will be invited to our Ideas Pitching Platform, where they will get 4 minutes to pitch their business.  Then our judges will have 4 minutes to ask questions of the entrepreneurs.

At the end of the event, the LaunchLab Crew with our judges will select those startups that will join our community and incubation programmes to build towards engaging with our corporate partners.


The startups selected will enter into LaunchLab’s incubation programmes, where the startups will go through our Build and Countdown programmes as they prepare for Lift-Off!

Here you will engage with our key corporate partners, discover and develop your customers; design your value proposition, business model and strategy; and put together a due diligence dataroom to make your startup a vehicle for funding.


Between 1 August 2018 and 28 September 2018 we will be receiving 3 minute video pitches online. You can upload a file on our website in the form below, send it as a link or send it through WeTransfer.

We will be holding info sessions at various partner campuses around South Africa to provide context to the opportunities with LaunchLab and our corporate partners

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the LaunchLab’s Ideas Programme 2018 


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