Celebrating the builders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem

KEMPTON PARK – March 27, 2017 – Startup Mzansi ( will recognize the movers and shakers of South Africa’s entrepreneurship movement with a new awards program. The Startup Mzansi Awards will distinguish the individuals, communities, organizations and institutions in South Africa that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, impact and outstanding achievement in advancing South African entrepreneurship.

“Starting a company is a difficult task; entrepreneurs need a variety of elements to be successful including mentorship, encouragement, talented people, funding and a network of contacts,” said Sandile Shabangu, CEO of Startup Mzansi. “It is important to recognize and celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in South Africa; increase awareness of the importance of strengthening South Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and, elevate the ambitions of the South African entrepreneurial community.”

Nominations and applications for the following awards will be accepted until August 12 at 5.00pm SAST:

– Entrepreneurial Effect Award
– Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Year
– Startup Community Award
– Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year
– Most Entrepreneurial University
– Investor of the Year
– Anchor Company of the Year
– Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
– Incubator of the Year
– Media Person of the Year
– Accelerator of the Year
– Youngest Entrepreneur Award
– Government Organization of the Year
– Lifetime Achievement Award
– Non-Profit Support Organization of the Year
– Startup of the Year

The awards will be presented on November 23 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The event will feature an awards ceremony, red carpet reception and a VIP lounge.

Entrepreneurs and Enterprising South Africans are invited to submit nominations and applications until August 12. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to be part of the adjudication process by making comments and sharing their opinions on These comments will be taken into consideration by an adjudication panel of well-known South Africa entrepreneurs who will determine the award recipients.

Please visit for award descriptions and to submit your nomination or application today! Contact for interviews and inquiries. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sandile Shabangu at

About Startup Mzansi
Startup Mzansi, as the voice of entrepreneurs, leads South Africa’s grassroots effort to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that will fuel economic prosperity from city to city.

Since 2012, Startup Mzansi has started 9 Startup Communities, built a network of more than 10,000 South Africans worked with 100 partner organizations and 50 volunteers. To find out more, visit

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