Startup Mzansi Foundation began as a seed of an idea in 2010 and official work began in 2012. After years of cold-calling, hundreds of hours of Skype meetings, thousands of air miles, uncounted tweets and the unrelenting hustle of hundreds of entrepreneurs and volunteers, we have achieved an important milestone as a community.
Thank you to our first adopters, early investors, board, advisors, provincial ambassadors and committees, community hosts, partners, volunteers, contributors, reviewers and mentors who unreservedly shared their time, expertise and networks to allow this seed to sprout.
Thank you to the media that covered us, the public officials who supported and celebrated our arrival in their communities, and the unsung heroes who stepped up without hesitation when asked for help, asking nothing in return.
Together, we are on our way to creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem that values reciprocity, philanthropy and empowerment.
Let us continue to work together to change the world through innovation.
I am looking forward to the next 15 years of the implementation of the 20 year Startup Mzansi Blueprint, of which the first 5 years have been very instrumental in what we have achieved thus far.
The journey is far from being over!
Founder & Senior Servant, Startup Mzansi Foundation