For those innovators solving South Africa's biggest challenges.

Wherever your startup is, from concept to scale-up, the Social Tech Startup Challenge can help you move your business forward.


In Funding


lines of code written


Startups Reviewed by Hand


Social Tech Startup Ideas Submitted


Ideas Prototyped


Months from idea to launch in market

Meet the 2019 Cohort Winners

The programme winners receives a share of R5 million in funding as they continue to create better futures for all South Africans.

Empowering the informal sector by enabling household brands to better understand the trader, shopper and consumer.


A social commerce solution leveraging bulk buying power to radically reduce grocery bills.

Level With You

A beautifully simple HR and IR tool for small businesses and households.


Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing those in need with recycled devices pre-installed with education content.


Free, Inclusive & Rewarding residential recycling collection service.


A marketplace matching brands to the next wave of African content creators.


Onsite waste management solution converting waste into nutritious, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable insect protein intended for human and animal feed.


A digital escrow solution and advertising platform for the home improvement industry.

Farmers Assistant

Enabling small-scale farmers to access finance for their farming business.


A tool to help South African's become financially free one good decision at a time.

How it Works

Each of our finalists are paired with a team of experienced start-up entrepreneurs, designers and developers to help build their vision.
Startups Apply

Eligible social startups submit their proposals to create opportunity in South Africa.

Top 30 Chosen to Pretotype

The Top 30 join a 3 day entrepreneurship workshop in Cape Town and develop a pretotype.

Top 15 Chosen to Prototype & Coaching

The Top 15 develop a prototype and join the GIBS entrepreneurship program in Johannesburg.

Top 5 Chosen to Develop an MVP

Each of the Top 5 finalists are paired with a team of experienced start-up entrepreneurs, designers and developers to help build their vision.

Final Event & Winners Announced

At the final in Johannesburg the Top 5 pitch their startups to a panel of experts for their share of R5 Million in funding. The rest of the 10 finalists get to engage with the broader venture community.

Training & Support

Each of our winners receive ongoing training & support from approved partners to ensure their continued growth.

Meet The Judges

On the 29 November our finalists will pitch their startups to a panel of judges.
Their selection will determine the winning companies to receive R5m in funding.
Joy-Marie Lawrence

Sinethemba Mafanya

Anton Moulder

Jesper Müller-Krogstrup

Keep Up To Date

Don't miss the latest program announcements, entrepreneur video interviews and event info.
STSC 2019: Meet Entrepreneurs Nstako & Ntando from Jonga

Meet entrepreneurs Nstako and Ntando co-founders of Jonga who are using hardware and software to provide a low-cost security solution for townships.

STSC Update: Our Vision in Video

We have been hard at work this year and are amazed at what our founders have been able to achieve. We made a short video to sum up our continually evolving vision for The Social Tech Startup Challenge and how we are hoping to contribute to our country.

STSC 2019: Meet Entrepreneur Vuyo from Foonda

Meet entrepreneur Vuyo Pakade founder of Foonda who is using tech to match eligible young South Africans to bursaries.

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