Startup Weekend Cape Town

    Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015

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Startup Weekend Cape Town

Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015

Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Bandwidth Barn
Lookout Hill
Cnr Mew Way and Spine Road, Khayelitsha
Cape Town, Western Cape 7784

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Startup Weekend Cape Town, 11-13th September 2015

Have you ever had an idea for improving Green Economy, Education, Health, Smart Cities and Better Living? Startup Weekend Cape Town is the perfect opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion & dedication to build a viable product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, design products and launch startups. Startup Weekend Cape Town begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from relevant markets. On Sunday, teams demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.

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Friday September 11th

5:00 pm
Departure to venue from pickup point
Transport from The Woodstock Exchange to the Barn Khayelitsha (Only if you require transport)

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:35 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:20 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 12th

8:00 am
Departure to venue from pickup point
Transport from The Woodstock Exchange to the Barn Khayelitsha ( Only if you require transport)

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 13th

8:00 am
Departure to venue
Transport from The Woodstock Exchange to the Barn Khayelitsha (Only if you require transport)

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:45 am

12:15 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:15 pm
Judging & Awards

3:55 pm

4:00 pm
Dinner and networking


Minister Alan Winde
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities

Alan Winde is the Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities.

“The Western Cape Government believes that economic growth is the foundation of all successful development, that growth is driven primarily by private sector business, and that the role of the state is to create and maintain an enabling environment for business and to provide demand-led, private sector driven support for growth sectors, industries and businesses. 

In my role as Minister of Economic Opportunities, my key strategic objective is to fight poverty by creating growth and jobs in the Western Cape across all its economic sectors.” 

Before Alan Winde began his career in politics, he started and successfully operated 10 businesses. 

Whilst running his businesses, he became active in his community. As a respected and trusted member of society, in 1996, he ran as an independent candidate and was successfully elected to the South Cape District Council. 

Shortly afterwards, Alan was approached by the leadership of the Democratic Alliance, a party which believes in creating an open, opportunity society for all the people of South Africa, to run for Provincial Parliament in the Western Cape under its banner, a responsibility and challenge which he gladly accepted.

Between 2000 and 2009, Alan served various political roles, including being the Chief Whip of the official opposition, Western Cape Provincial Finance Chairperson and Member of the Executive Committee. 

When the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province in 2009, Alan was elected to serve as the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism. He was appointed to office by Premier Helen Zille on the 8th of May 2009. 

In 2014, the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province with an even 

greater majority, and Minister Winde was selected by Premier Helen Zille to become Minister of Economic Opportunities, in charge of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The above portfolios were joined under one Ministry to increase cohesion and alignment in the economy. He was inaugurated into the role on 26 May 2014.

Jodi Allemeier
Programme Facilitator @ Western Cape Economic Development Partnership

Jodi is has a dynamic background in social work, development and property economics, and development finance. Jodi is passionate about structuring partnerships that appropriately allocate risk; and pool authority, resources and capacity to lead to whole of society benefits.  She has a particular emphasis on urban settings and contemporary themes relating to rapid urbanisation. She currently builds partnerships for more inclusive economic growth at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, where, amongst other programmes, she convenes the Open Data Forum.  She is also an advisory member of Open Streets Cape Town, and on the board of the Service Dining Rooms. 

Mark Swartz
Director @Green Shoots

Mark Swartz is a Director of Green Shoots, a South African Education Social Enterprise, where he co-ordinate projects. Mark grew up in the rural town of Bot River and taught at Groenberg Secondary School in Grabouw for 7 years.  During this time Mark was able to marry his passion for Maths & Technology with his desire to introduce innovative teaching and learning strategies. In 2002 Mark started working on the WCED’s Technology Project where he had an opportunity to work within the full spectrum of school communities. Through this work Mark developed a first-hand understanding of the issues facing the implementation of ICT in schools. In 2010 Mark and four colleagues left the WCED to work on a multifaceted donor funded Project that allowed them the scope to be innovative in their programme design and implementation. In 2012 this group of consultants formed Green Shoots. Green Shoots currently focuses on Technology Assisted Learning within Maths, particularly within the Primary sector. Green Shoots is supporting approximately 40,000 learners and 1000 teachers at 105 schools/after school centres in urban and rural communities. 

Dr Dragos Bratasanu
Producer of the award-winning film THE AMAZING YOU

Dr. Dragos is an internationally renowned award-winning scientist and filmmaker. He is the producer of the award-winning film THE AMAZING YOU. Dragos holds a Ph.D Magna Cum Laude in aerospace from the University of Siegen in Germany. He has traveled on two expeditions to Antarctica and the North Pole. His movie has been translated in 15 languages and as a speaker, he's been on stage on five continents, empowering ordinary people to do the extraordinary. He is a graduate of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, with the mission of improving the lives of 1 billion people in the next decade. His work is endorsed by NASA top leaders and rock stars. INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS HERE. 

Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana
Co- Founder @ Ekasi Green Project

Sizwe is a co-founder of Ekasi Project Green which is an urban farm project. His love for urban space, and better living have resulted in him working at Environmental Monitoring Group and at the Surplus People Project. 
He was selected to represent South Africa in France at the third Eating City Summer Campus where only 43 young people from all over the world were chosen as finalists.At this campus, the group wrote a declaration which will be presented in Milan this year and also to Ban ki Moon at COP21 in Paris.

Event Judges

Vasili Sofiadellis
Business Development, Strategist, Entrapreneur and Innovator

Vasili Sofiadellis has transitioned from playing professional soccer in both Greece and South Africa to being a Chartered Accountant. Sofiadellis worked at PwC, Co-Creating PwC's Strategy in the Startup Ecosystem and has now launched his new venture, Visions2Ventures, a partner in the Enterprise Elevator Accelerator Growth Program. He is also a member of Silicon Cape's Executive Committee. 

Lena Ski (Magdalena Zukowski)
Executive Producer and Hostess of The Global Movement Summit | 2nd Prize winner 2015 Global Impact Awards | Creator of The Global Movement Incubator.

With a background in Television, Theatre, Events and Entertainment (specifically the Music Industry), Lena Ski knows what it takes to be a star in the leading role of a great script on and off screen. Over the years, she has worked with Artists, Musicians, Actors, Creatives, Marketers, Media-maniacs, Eventeers, Authors, Coaches, Lifestyle creators, and Spiritualists helping them create purposeful brands. But it's her fascination to play with Purpose that allowed her to give up the backstage and media pass, and tuck into working with Purpose-Centred-Entrepreneurs. With a mission to create a purpose-centred-ecosystem that’s designed to help entrepreneurs thrive, Lena Ski is passionate about creating an inside-out experience, that leads with from the why (your brand), and showcases your global movement on a global stage. 

Jurgen Kuhnel
Managing Director & owner of Cape Core Construction

Jurgen is the Managing Director and owner of Cape Core Construction. A boutique construction company based in Cape Town. The company was set up 7 years ago and focuses on upmarket residential, commercial and industrial properties. He is also the owner and founder of PayConnect , a mobile payment company.

Annu Augustine
Product Manager at Prodigy Finance

Annu currently works as product manager at Prodigy Finance. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in India and has since then worked in various international and local technology companies. She started her a career as a developer and loves technology and its potential to disrupt various industries. She also runs a local product meetup group and mentors at a number of local organisations . She is a great believer in customer development, lean startup principles, working in small increments, and putting the customer at the heart of what you do.

Andre F. Bourque, MBA
Editor Emeritus of Technorati

Andre Bourque (@SocialMktgFella) is Editor Emeritus of Technorati. He's a top-ranked social media marketing, and inbound marketing specialist, an advisor to Social Media Today. He serves as a copywriter, and content and PR strategy consultant for several firms and brands.
Follow him at | LinkedIn | Facebook | Google+

Andrew Fleming
Consultant @ Dalberg - Global Development Advisors

Andrew Fleming works at Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Johannesburg to help individuals, companies, organisations, and governments come up with new solutions to some of the toughest development challenges in the Global South.  As part of a global team of development leaders, he focuses on topics like cities, entrepreneurial support, gender equity, and organizational strategy to create sustainable impact through meaningful solutions.    Before joining Dalberg, Andrew worked as the Senior Researcher at the Cape Town Partnership.  In this capacity, Andrew developed a stronger partnership-based environment for new solutions in inclusive development to flourish.  Projects relating to small business development, informal trade, affordable housing, and environmental sustainability tied local government efforts together with other partners doing great things on the ground.  In order to bridge public and private economic development initiatives, he created and published the annually-produced State of the Central City Report, which is now used as a resource by public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors.  He also built partnerships with local community groups and NGOs to promote more affordable housing in well-located urban spaces, helping to expand the way that the City government worked with other public and private stakeholders in housing.   Prior to the Cape Town Partnership, Andrew spent a number of years working for a private equity fund that supported SMEs in Southern Africa. In his role as Business Development Manager he led weekly due diligence investigations on submitted funding applications that ultimately led to the completion of three strategic business investments.  He also supported the investor relations team by maintaining regular stakeholder communications with investors and funded companies.     Andrew holds an MSc in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics, where he focused on issues around housing and gender in cities, along with macro-themes of public health, agriculture and inequality in the Global South. He holds a double-B.A. in Economics and History from Emory University. Andrew has authored a number of publications on housing and urban development in the Global South and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  When not working, Andrew enjoys travelling, running, swimming and cycling.  

Dr. Yaseen Khan
Co-founder & Director

Yaseen is a medical doctor and technology entrepeneur with a passion for highly scalable social impact ventures. He has done pioneering work in developing medical apps for doctors and nurses in low resource settings globally. Together with Dr. Mohammed Dalwai, he co-founded the Open Medicine Project which now provides free access to medical guideline information on mobile phones for over 100 000 health care workers around the world, covering a range of medical areas such as HIV, Emergency Care and Primary Health Care. He has also been awarded a number of top, global technology and social impact accolades. His is also trained in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.

Dr. Mohammed Dalwai
Co-Founder and Director

Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Stellenbosch. He is passionate about the impact of medicine within the rural context having completed his Community Service at Manguzi – a rural community – in the Maputaland region of the KwaZulu-Natal province. This led him to join MSF as an ER doctor in various countries such as Pakistan, Libya and Syria, with missions to Haiti, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. He is currently the President of MSF Southern Africa. In 2012, the Mail & Guardian recognized Mohammed as one of South Africa’s Top 200 youngsters specifically for his groundbreaking work around the South African triage Scale and its implementation across the world. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town. In 2012 he co founded The Open Medicine Project, a non profit aimed at capacitating healthcare workers through Open Access mobile apps. In 2014 he was chosen as a TED fellow giving talks in both South Africa and Brazil. The Open Medicine Project has apps been used in over 192 countries by over 100 000 healthcare workers. Mohammed believes in the accumulative value of individual contributions with the overall imperative of changing the world, one step at time .

Coaches and Mentors

Guillaume De Smedt
Startup Relations @Silicon Cape |Director, Cape Town Chapter @Startup Grind

Guillaume De Smedt is the Regional Director (Africa) for StartupGrind. He sits on the board of The Silicon Cape Initiative in the Startup Relations role. He is the Cape Town Ambassador for Startup Travels, and is a director for Slido Africa.

He completed a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering.

"G"​, as he is otherwise known, started his career at a local telecommunications company. He then worked for Daimler Chrysler in 2008 and In 2009 he joined One Digital Media as an electronic design engineer creating interactive displays. in 2010, while working, he started his own web development agency, Joojooberry.

G's driving forces are simplicity, functionality & beauty. He loves life, positive attitudes and amazing people with awesome ideas.

His drive is to #StartCPT as an entrepreneurial destination!

Adil Gherib
Co-founder at

Adil is a digital nomad, architect, and photographer who has traveled 90+ countries and lived in 8. He joined as a co-founder and COO while traveling in Bali. He is responsible for business development, customer relations, and strategic partnerships. He worked as quality controller and business developer in TripAdvisor and GapBuster Worldwide.

Kristyna Zapletalova
Co-founder at

After spending a few years in emerging countries of the Middle East and Asia, Kristyna decided to build an easy-to-use business app discovery platform to encourage financial self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship. She is on a mission to help aspiring entrepreneurs across all age groups, both genders, and different levels of IT skills to find the necessary and affordable tools needed to start and grow their businesses.

Kim Humby
Commercial Operations Manager @Nomanini

After two years gallivanting across the world, Kim settled in back in her hometown, Cape Town, to start her career at a local tech startup, where she has been for the past four years. Growing with the company from startup to international technology provider, Kim has experience across across almost every business function. She is currently responsible for operational execution and delivery across the entire business, as well as external stakeholder engagement. Kim is part of the TEDxCapeTown organising team and has experience mentoring young women in tech. Kim is passionate about people, collaboration and process and is on a mission to find the sweet spot between these in order to creative efficient organisations filled with engaged people who change the world.

Dale Humby
Chief Technical Officer @ Nomanini | Google Developer Expert in Africa

Dale leads the engineering team at Nomanini where they develop the server backend software, embedded firmware and electronics hardware behind their point of sale terminals.

Dale has been with Nomanini since its founding, helping to turn the proof-of-concept in to a viable, mass-manufacturable consumer product.

Dale is a firm believer in devops, agile methods such as scrum, kanban, extreme programming and automated testing. At Nomanini they constantly refine the continuous delivery pipeline with the end goal of achieving continuous delivery in to the embedded environment across many thousands of devices.

Sonya Kuhnel
Founder & owner @ Bitcoin Academy | Co-owner @ Bitcoin Events Pty Ltd

Sonya has been involved in bitcoin since 2013 when she started a bitcoin payment company called Bitcoin Payments, a BitPay Affiliate partner. 

She is the co-owner of Bitcoin Events Pty Ltd which she started in 2014. Bitcoin Events hosted the first 
Bitcoin Africa Conference on the 16th& 17th April in Cape Town. She is planning the Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 which will be held on the 3rd and 4th March 2016 in Johannesburg.

Sonya is the founder and owner of the Bitcoin Academy launched in August 2014. She is also the co-organizer of the 
Bitcoin Cape Town Meetup Group, which is sponsored by BitHub. Sonya collaborated with Ian Merrington the CEO of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) to launch BitHub at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town in July 2015. BitHub is a physical space where people can meet, work out of and collaborate.
 Sonya is passionate about disruptive technology, digital currencies and the blockchain technology.

Andrea Pollio
Phd Researcher :Sydney Area, Australia

is doing a PhD in economic and urban geography, with a research focused on the role of incubators and accelerators in promoting entrepreneurial innovation.
From 2012 to 2014 he was involved in a sharing-economy start-up, which was first selected as winner of the Social Innovation Camp organised by The Hub, later became one of the ten finalists of Changemakers for Expo2015, and was then incubated by TechPeaks. Successes and failures made him decide to step back and return to University - to understand better what are the triggers of innovation. The start-up experience was incredibly formative not only in giving him insights in the world of lean branding and lean UX development, but also in understanding how trial and error is the key to success. 

Lisa Basel
Business Process Manager @ Infovest | Co-founder & Director

Lisa got her first learning experience in a startup after developing a great product, the whole development team were retrenched in 2001. So this led to her first step as an entrepreneur by starting a custom software development company. With her co-founders, their vision was to create a product. And in 2008, their email marketing software product became Her confidence in translating business strategic objectives into tangible project approaches, deliveries and outputs is born from over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. With 10 of these years running her own companies and 10 years as a developer writing code. Her current focus is using agile methodologies to scale IT start-ups

Imogen Wright
Co-founder | Developer @ Hyrax Biosciences

Imogen has a masters in theoretical physics and a PhD in bioinformatics.  She has previously worked as a developer for Amazon EC2 and as a senior developer for Skimlinks, a London-based startup.  She co-founded Hyrax Biosciences, a Cape Town tech company that leverages cloud computing to provide low-cost drug resistance testing analysis for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases.

Stiaan Maree
Founder @ Light Bulb Research

Stiaan studied Business Management, Marketing and Information Systems.  He has worked in Finance and Programming.  His specific programming interests are Business Intelligence and Data Mining. In 2012 he started Light Bulb Research, which tied together his studies, experience and interests.

Carina Viljoen
Software Development Engineer EC2 @ Amazon

Carina is currently working as a Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services EC2 in Cape Town. When not busy building the cloud or solving code puzzles, she invests time in mentoring and attends recruiting events and conferences.She has been involved in various initiatives to increase diversity in tech as this is something she is passionate about.

Craig Du Mont
Programme Coordinator @ RLabs

Craig Du Mont, together with a team leads the Innovation Incubator and Accelerator programme at RLabs since September 2012. Every year he oversees the process of taking ideas for social change, and turning it into innovations that could be scaled and commercialized. He has been involved in management and entrepreneurship training for a number of years, and currently works on various business projects. In addition, he enjoys doing training in the community and helping people grow and improve their lives through education. 

Lizelle Coombs
Facilitator, Business owner & serial networker @ Angels Commercial Incubator, Business Kits, Angels Resource Centres

Lizelle is passionate about the development and empowerment of people and work closely with both entrepreneurs and Lizelle employers in South Africa. As a facilitator, she turns materials given to her into powerful tools by adding my own special touches - because she absolutely loves working with people. She doesn't just facilitate or train, she creates opportunities for change, educates, uplifts and inspires. She has done a lot of freelance facilitation for many training companies, corporates, charities and government departments.  As a business owner,  she is involved in businesses serving entrepreneurs (see links below). As an active networker, she enjoys connecting people, creating opportunities and sharing information.  As a result she has a wide network of reliable and trusted entrepreneurial service providers and support structures. 

Baruch Lubinsky
Sofware Developer @ Hydrax Biosciences

Baruch is a software developer at Hyrax Biosciences - a Cape Town based start-up. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of the WItwatersrand (Wits) and has a Masters degree from University of Cape Town (UCT). 

He is inspired by the open source movement, that makes easier than ever to create powerful computer programs. It demonstrates how the sharing of not just information, but skills and resources too, can uplift the entire community.

Baruch believes that software development is for everyone. Computers and the internet have an unprecedented ability to improve people's lives and the best way to maximise the impact is by empowering people to develop solutions to their own problems. With the cost of cloud computing falling consistently he can see these opportunities reaching an ever growing audience. 

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Vicovia Nzimela
Programme Administrator

This person works at the CiTi. She has organised a lot of the Enterprise Development workshops. She will help a lot in the process. 

Camilla Swart
Education Innovations @ Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Camilla Swart completed an honours degree in Social Work (NGO Management and Fundraising) at University of Cape Town in 2001. She moved to London and specialized in high risk adolescents in care and went on to run the borough wide multi-disciplinary training in Child Protection . This sparked an interest in what could be achieved through systems theory approach and collaboration across civil society and government. On her return to South Africa in 2010, Camilla focused on enhancing social enterprise models and community work. She became passionate about Education in South Africa and led the Bridge Western Cape office, which aimed to link education innovation to create collective impact. Camilla now works at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business. She holds the ‘connector’ role within the ‘Centre for Education Innovation’ hub for Southern Africa, identifying and analyzing the impact of the non-state sector in education for developing countries. Her role at the Bertha Centre includes building networks for civil society hosting events, knowledge sharing and ‘matchmaking’ to create collaboration opportunities. 

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