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Helping university pre-seed and seed stage startups
prepare for growth and fundraising

* Ignite is free for Stellenbosch University technology transfer, students and alumni. Spaces limited. 

Ensuring Africa's best university ideas solve the continent's most critical problems 

Our 4 week business builder program offers the following:

  • Weekly office hours with the SU LaunchLab Business Builder Lead 

  • Weekly cohort learning sessions detailing critical early stage startup needs 

  • Professional pitch makeover and training 

  • Access to 1:1 external mentors upon request 

  • Opportunity to secure up to $2,500 of grant funding from Stellenbosch University and up to $25,000 of equity funding at the discretion of SU LaunchLab

  • Free AWS credits and other cloud support

  • Free Solidworks 3D Experience

  • Discounts on services from trusted accountants, attorneys and CRM providers 

This program is free for Stellenbosch University students, staff, and tech transfer projects

Fundraising 101

The Art of
the Pitch

Building for
Startup Success

Program focus areas

Get out of the building with a Customer Discovery strategy

Program Dates

Cohort 1
February 2023

Applications close: 15 January 2023

Start date: 13 February 2023

Cohort 2
August 2023

Application period: 1 July 2023

Start date: 7 August 2023

Res Nova
Business Builder Team
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Daniel Maloba

Early Stage Business Builder Lead

Stellenbosch University engineer with the hustle that comes from being born in the DRC. Passion for early stage business building with deep experience assisting student entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable commercial ventures. 

Joshua Romisher, CFA 

CEO, Stellenbosch University LaunchLab 

Reformed investment banker with extensive startup experience across USA, Europe & Africa. Responsible for over $250+M USD of funds raised for African climate tech startups. Dedicated to leaving a healthy planet for his two beautiful children. 

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Leana Kotze

USL Director, ResNova support 

Accomplished litigation attorney 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 and turn customer insights into product sales. 

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