Cape Town Impact Bootcamp by Startupbootcamp AfriTech + BonBillo

Solve a local problem in South Africa

Join one of our teams working towards solving a local problem and achieving Sustainable Development Goals.  Learn to apply a proven entrepreneurship curriculum with a team of accomplished peers.

Teams that validate interest for their solution will be eligible to compete for an offer to join BonBillo’s Impact Accelerator and Startupbootcamp AfriTech Accelerator, Africa’s top tech accelerator.

Key Features

Social Entrepreneurship Framework

Apply MIT's "Disciplined Entrepreneurship", Google Venture's "Sprint", "Theory of Change" frameworks and more to design and test your solution to a local problem. Startupbootcamp AfriTech has sourced several innovation challenges from the local community.


Expert Mentors from Startupbootcamp AfriTech and BonBillo provide guidance to design and test your solution. Learn from successful local entrepreneurs and corporate innovation leaders.

Co-Working Space and

Work alongside local entrepreneurs in a vibrant environment with office space and amenities at the Old Foundry, Ideas Cartel, Greenpoint. Residence is included at Koornhoop guest house in Observatory.

South Africa

Understand and appreciate South Africa through excursions to the Townships, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point and Boulders Beach.

Kruger National Park Safari (Optional)

The Kruger National Park Safari, ranked among the top safaris in the world, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Big Five on show.

Social Entrepreneurship
Extension (Optional)

Extend your stay in Cape Town and make a lasting impact as you continue working on your project while exploring the city. Enjoy the full support of the VACorps Program, which includes weekly excursions and accommodation in Observatory alongside entrepreneurs and interns from all over the world.

Program Overview

Local challenges, a proven entrepreneurship framework and mentorship to design and test your solution

We provide key elements social entrepreneurs need to solve a problem: Local context and challenges, a proven framework for rapidly designing and testing a solution, access to top advisors and industry experts, an accomplished peer group, a vibrant workspace, residence and local excursions.

Participants arrive and check in to their residence.

Program orientation and introduction.

Excursion to the Townships and a tour of Cape Town to understand the local context and challenges.

Apply “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” and “Sprint” frameworks to Select a Problem and Identify your Target Customer.

Apply “Sprint” to design and test your solutions with customers and “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” to define your value proposition, core and competitive positioning.

Design your go-to-market and customer acquisition strategy.

Excursion to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison before the fall of apartheid.  

Tour of Cape Town’s stunning attractions including Cape Point, Boulders Beach with its colony of African Penguins and Table Mountain.

Design your business model to maximize value creation for customers and align timing of value creation to your payouts.  

Develop your Theory of Change with clear impact metrics to communicate your social impact with all stakeholders.

Design your pitch to the local innovation community.

Pitch your solution to the local innovation community in Cape Town.

The Kruger National Park Safari, ranked among the top safaris in the world, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Big Five on show.

Extend your stay in Cape Town and continue to work on your startup project for an additional month. An extension will include full participation in the VACorps program, weekly excursions and culture series, co-working space at the Inner Cities Ideas Cartel, Greenpoint, and Rentaroom housing in Observatory.

What participants say?

Marianna Novellino,
MIT Masters in Systems Design & Management 2015

BonBillo helped increase my network… The network that BonBillo offers on mentorship, presenters, people that help you build your team and work on your soft skills as a leader. It’s something that you don’t find everywhere.

Boston Social Impact Incubator 2017
Cyrus Sabouri,
Babson MBA 2018

BonBillo was an opportunity to apply an approach and get some good feedback to see if there is viability in an idea. This is about whether there is commercial viability for a startup.

Boston Social Impact Incubator 2017
Rhea Advani,
Founder of Indriya

It’s really difficult to get so many experts together over a short period of time and learn so much from them. It was really valuable information we got with a lot of real life examples. It was great to have people tell you this is how it’s done – we’ve all been through it and there’s a way to structure it no matter where you are in the process.

Online Social Impact Incubator 2018


Impact Incubator Bootcamp Cape Town – 4th Jan to 17th Jan 2020: Early Bird Price for international applicants of $2,450 until Nov 25th (From original price of $5,000). This includes residence, co-working space, events and excursions. It excludes flights to Cape Town, daily food and commute.

Special offer of $950 for local applicants. This includes co-working space, events and excursions. It excludes residence, flights, daily food and commute.

Optional Safari – 18th to 19th Jan 2020:  Additional $700.  This includes all costs for the Safari.

Optional Extension – 20th to 31st Jan 2020:  Additional $850.  This includes full VACorps support, Friday activities and program culture series, co-working space at the Inner Cities Ideas Cartel, Greenpoint, and Rentaroom housing in Observatory.

Who is the program for?

Entrepreneurs interested in solving Africa’s problems, expanding into Africa and/or building a team in Africa. 

University students interested in exploring a social impact startup focused on Africa.

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