Startup Programmes

22 On Sloane and its partners aims to deliver the best programmes that will help advance your entrepreneurial journey. Please choose a programme that best suits your need. Should you wish to place your programme on this page, please contact our programme and residency officer Mr Muzi Gumede –

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Allan Grey

Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge

It’s a fast-moving game of business domination – a strategy game, in which you have five weeks to compete for the top spot by launching your own business, take calculated risks in the gaming world, launch marketing campaigns – and ultimately to generate sales and revenue. Along the way, you’ll also make useful contacts that may open doors when the time comes to test your entrepreneurial flair for real.


AfricArena and Saint Gobain Startup Challenge

Saint-Gobain and AfricArena have launched an open innovation challenge, targeted at e-commerce and/or fintech startups operating in Africa, specifically in Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa. Startups that want to participate in the Challenge must have proved product-market-fit as well as market validation.

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SAB Innovation Awards

The SAB Foundation has created an opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators with solutions that address or prevent alcohol misuse. They are interested in out-of-the-box thinking and strongly encourage entrepreneurs and innovators who are over the age of 18 with innovative solutions that address societal challenges to apply. Awards range from R250 000 – R500 000 along with business development support to assist with venture growth.

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SA Innovation Summit

The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own eco-system, the initiative brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers to amplify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained economic growth across the continent of Africa…

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme 2021

Applications have opened for the 7th edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP), which will provide startups with training, mentorship, and US$5,000 in funding.

Seed Awards

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally-led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies.

Africa Next

Africa Next

Africa Next is a community of players committed to co-investing in innovative hyper-growth companies, associating French-speaking and English-speaking venture capitalists from Europe and Africa – who select projects on the basis of e-pitches.

Startup Summit

Startup Summit

Startup Summit is an intensive day-long bootcamp for Pre-Seed, Seed & Series A startups. It includes roundtables & workshops on fundraising, sales & marketing, product, leadership & team/culture, as well as top-tier networking, investor matchmaking & an invite-only demo day event.

Bridge Fund

Bridge Fund

Supported by Digital Africa and deployed by Proparco, the Bridge by Digital Africa fund is intended to be an adapted response to the challenges of young innovative African companies, today limited in their development due to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Innovation Challenge

Innovative Event Challenge

This international event is a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products and is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.

22 On Sloane Mentorship Programme

22 On Sloane Mentorship Programme

The 22 On Sloane Mentorship Programme is designed to provide our Startups with valuable guidance and support from corporates, academics, business leaders and/or industry experts. In exchange for their time and expertise -22 On Sloane will reward them by moving them up the mentorship levels. At level 3, participants are recognized as certified 22 On Sloane Mentors, and are offered entrance into the Angel in Residence Programme.

22 On Sloane Incubation Programme

22 On Sloane Incubation Programme

22 on Sloane Incubation programme is designed for entrepreneurs who are in the process of starting or launching their new venture. The programme focuses on the identified market opportunity, scrumming and helping you launch your startup; Growth Strategy; and how best to finance and ensure that your startup is profitable.

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Microsoft HeadStart Programme

The most challenging part of an entrepreneur’s life is opening doors. We can help you grow your business by opening the right door at every stage of your journey – by connecting you with our worldwide network of customers, our cloud architects, our business development experts and our latest and most innovative cloud technologies.

Entrepreneurship World Cup

The Entrepreneurship World Cup

The EWC is an initiative of MISK Global Forum established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network. EWC is open to entrepreneurs across the board with all kinds of businesses and ideas, early-stage or growth stage. The initiative will award a number of impactful prizes – up to $25million in total, including $1million in cash prizes plus investment opportunities.

22 On Sloane Accelerator Programme

22 On Sloane Accelerator – The Catalytic Programme

The Catalytic programme is designed to support high impact digital startups across Africa to start, launch, commercialise and scale. The programme is designed to support startups in pre-seed and seed stages.