Welkom om Cape Town.

‘There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living’. Nelson Mandela

Cape Town | 10th July 2017 (Duration 4 Weeks)

The introduction of Incubator hubs and coworking spaces has played a major part in the development of  Cape Town’s startup ecosystem, stimulating the creation of tech ventures, many with social purpose.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Cape Town is a work-hard, play-hard city. At the end of a busy day spent working on your business idea, you can head for a hike up Table Mountain or discover the amazing food that they city has to offer!

Art and Culture

Crowned the World Design Capital in 2014, thanks to it bright vibrant colours and patterns, Cape Town’s emerging art scene is an amazing reflection of South African culture and design.

Bang for your Buck

South Africa is one of the best value-for-money travel destinations in the world! Fill your weekends with adventures such as surfing and diving as well as world class dining – all on a student budget!

Meet the locals

In Cape Town we wanted to find locals that represented the true startup scene with connections across multiple cowork spaces and industries. Our on ground local partners provide the best way to fully immerse in the startup scene with knowlege on local events, individuals and connections to ensure you make the most of your experienceship.

Oliver co-founded his first company, VACorps in Cape Town in 2006. He has since founded four startups and is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and dreams for the future through experiential learning. When he’s not work, you’ll find Oliver going for a surf or training for an Ironman Triathlon!

Oliver Hagan

Founder, VA Corps

Sean is a passionate South African entrepreneur who is the Director of two successful companies in South Africa. When not contemplating new business ideas, Sean has a passion for travel and an insatiable desire for exploration. He is one of the most enthusiatic and hard-working individuals you will ever meet!

Sean Walpole

Founder, VA Corps

Cape Town's startup ecosystem is becoming a hub of society-advancing ventures.

In addition to attracting outside talent, Cape Town’s startup scene is also encouraging and providing the support network for residents to engage incubators and create business ideas that can have impact on a local level.

Cape Town’s Startup Superheros

Cape Town’s startup community’s focus is on identifying opportunities than address local needs. Mintor is a prime example, an online platform for Cape Town’s young, job-seeking community. Addressing the issue of 52% unemployment among 15 – 24 years olds, Mintor aims to connect school leavers with small businesses. Solving another common problem is Yoco, a card-payment solution to provide a portable payment system to small business owners. At the forefront of Cape Town’s startup ecosystem is the Silicon Cape Initiative – a non-profit community designed to help build better startups and improve access to funding.


Placements on our Startup Experienceships are limited to 20 per start date/location. Don’t miss out for summer 2017, send us your details below.


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