Transforming Africa's most promising university research into its most inspiring startups


Commercializing university technology is difficult. Searching for the path to market can be arduous.  Straddling the worlds of research and business can feel overwhelming.

That's why we created a program that meets you where you are right now and provides us with a starting point for our co-building journey. We walk the path with dedicated founders focusing on business, product & entrepreneur development. 




To serve as a trusted partner helping technology transfer entrepreneurs transform their early stage venture into a fully fleshed out business with a clear business plan and budget based on defined mission, vision, values. We assist in accessing various forms of funding  while growing sales, team and impact.

Company Stage

Pre-Seed, Seed, Series Seed, Pre-Series A 

Program Specifics

Ignite is a 3 - 4 month business building program that combines foundational knowledge with bespoke support to ensure teams make great leaps on their startup journey.

It focused on business, product and entrepreneur development with experienced professionals administering each unique aspect of business formation.

It is the ideal starting point for funded, post spin-out startups originating from university research with 1+ full-time employees and a dream to change the world. 


  • Standardised curriculum available on-line

  • Templates to assist in business building

  • Gap analysis

  • Pitch deck & training

  • Customer discovery pipeline

  • Demo Day

  • Access to mentors and investors

Program Dates

Cohort 2: 1 September 2022

Cohort 3:  1 February 2023

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Nolan van Heerden

Business Building Lead

Experienced startup founder with a successful exit to a USA multi-national. Played a pivotal role in scaling the product across Africa and leading a growing team. A strong activator and catalyst for disruptive product development with a passion for building great engineering teams and enabling them to exceed their dreams.


Josh Romisher

USL Facilitator

SU LL CEO and serial entrepreneur with a diverse portfolio of ventures across the US, Africa and Asia, including a boutique investment bank, solar irrigation, frozen yogurt franchise and solar home business.