Helping Pan-African entrepreneurs validate their world shaping idea or begin scaling their seed-funded startup 

Africa's leading early stage startup growth program

Built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, this outcomes-based program works with Africa's best early stage ideas across various sectors. Our dedicated business building team serves as a confident commercial co-builder helping teams make a first sale, grow revenue and raise mission aligned funding. It offers an opportunity for seed funding directly from SU LaunchLab and fast-tracked admittance into our later stage business builder programs. 

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Testimonials
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Countdown provides entrepreneurs, corporates, consultants, universities and governments across Africa with a business plan informed by extensive customer discovery. 

We utilize Design Thinking and Lean Startup principles developed in the Global North but iterate them for the unique African business environment ensuring that entrepreneurs have the highest probability of success. 

If you're ready to take the first step on the entrepreneurial journey then Countdown is the perfect business builder program for you. 

Universities

Consulting firms

Corporates

Governments

Entrepreneurs

Who can benefit from Countdown?

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Outcomes

 

You'll end the Countdown program with an answer to your question-- and a tested, trusted, data-driven business strategy informed by extensive customer discovery:
 

  • Market tested business plan

  • 12-month budget

  • Sales pipeline 

  • Funding options 

  • Key hypotheses to test ​

You'll also have an opportunity to pitch for seed funding directly from the SU LaunchLab balance sheet. 

How it works

Accepted?

YES

Countdown Program

8 week early stage growth program

  • Foundational online curriculum 

  • Bespoke business building support 

  • Cohort learning sessions 

  • 1:1 mentor meeting

  • Professional leadership coaching 

Outcomes

  • Market tested business plan

  • 12-month budget

  • Sales pipeline

  • Funding options

  • Key hypotheses to test 

Closed Door Demo Day

Bespoke consulting

NO

SU LL investment of $5 - 25k USD

Join the community

YES

Business

Co-Building

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Program Admin
Program Cost

U$D 5,000

Cohort 1 2022

1 May - 30 June 2022

Applications Close

15 April 2022

Business
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Josh Romisher

CEO, SU LaunchLab

Serial entrepreneur with successful 0 to 1 ventures across USA & Africa. Former African startup CFO directly responsible for raising over $300M USD of funding on the continent. Mission to create impact at scale at the intersection of social and for-profit.  

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Alvira Fischer

Facilitation Lead

Accomplished financial services professional that pivoted into startup life after business school. A deep passion for empathetically working with early stage founders providing them the skills and safe place to get out of the building to turn customer insights into product sales. 

Ready to build?