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Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft South Africa 3012 William Nicol Drive Bryanston Johannesburg 2191.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

The Winning Team will receive –

  • 6 Months website hosting, 6 months business email hosting and a R5000.00 gift voucher for Incredible Connection.
  • A fast track to the final selection stage of the Unreasonable Institute (America based entrepreneurship school).
  • As event organizer, Africa 2.0 will provide the winning team free flights and accommodation to its next annual symposium which will be held in Gabon. The team will be afforded the opportunity to present their idea to over 300 hundred influential delegates from the public and private sector. Previous attendees include Dr Mo Ibrahim, Aliko Dangote, Mandla Mandela to mention a few.
  • Furnished “plug and play” office space in a secure environment, shared resources such as reception, meeting facilities and internet access, all the resources a business needs to grow to full commercial potential for 6 months.
  • Mentoring and coaching, access to professional service providers, access to business and skills development interventions, such as training in functional business disciplines.



Nov 30
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Dec 1
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Dec 2
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Gareth Jane

Azure Platform Strategy Advisor at Microsoft Johannesburg

Gareth has over 10 years experience in the IT industry. He currently works as a Azure Platform Strategy Advisor at Microsoft Johannesburg , where he Guides Partners through technical and business issues during adoption of the Windows Azure Platform.

Mamadou Kwidjim Toure

Investment Banker (IFC) World Bank

Mamadou is the Founder of Africa 2.0. He currently works as an investment Banker for the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group). He has years of experience in private sector investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he worked at Fortis Group in Paris His work included transactions, sector restructuring, advisory assignments in Power, Water and Telecommunications sector. He started his professional career with KPMG Audit France as an audit consultant.

Warren Larkan

AppFactory Lead at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Warren started his career in the IT industry as a field service engineer at Scantec / Logical SA during 1998.

He then joined Workgroup during 2001 and worked himself up from a branch Manager for the Eastern Cape, to a General Manager at AxizWorkgroup, responsible for two business units, being IBM Software and Rocket U2.

Warren served as an executive manager on the AxizWorkgroup management team. He joined Microsoft in December 2011 as the ISV lead and has recently been tasked with starting up The AppFactory internship programme for Microsoft.

Warren is resilient by nature and this has fared him well, having played an integral role in the successful merger of Workgroup and Axiz in 2011. Warren was part of the core executive management team that resurrected Workgroup after the liquidation of Siltek. He is entrepreneurial, creative and inherently optimistic, resulting in the establishment of several new business entities within Workgroup, with a proven record of regularly overachieving strategic objectives and targets.

Andre Marr

Softstart BTI

Andre has over 11 years experience in creating digital media, almost 8 years of web site development and graphic design experience.

He Launched his first business in 2003 with a business plan which was selected by The Welsh Development Agency (WDA) as the ‘Most Innovative Business Start Up’ proposal and was awarded with funding and space at The Innovation Hub in North Wales.

Andre was drawn to South Africa in 2006 for many reasons that are still being discovered.

First appointment was as a Marketing Director at My Mortgage were he was required to develop, establish and maintain marketing strategies to meet the new businesses objectives.

His focus is now permanently online, with a continued desire to create immersive virtual 360 environments (as seen on Google Earth) and new digital media solutions.


Christopher Spring

Lead developer   |  

Christopher is currently the lead developer for (a New York based email service provider), where he keeps himself busy with new features, performance and scaling.

He is deeply passionate about community and is the founder of Code&Coffee JHB (a weekly meet up for developers), a founding member of Joburg Lean Hackathon and an organizer of RubyOnBeer (a monthly meet up for Ruby developers).

Chris has also presented talks at international conferences on topics ranging from concurrency to specific technologies like redis and jRuby.

Tyler Reed

Serial entrepreneur and speaker   |   LinkedIn

Tyler is a serial entrepreneur and speaker by profession and choice. He enjoys solving problems with technology. Tyler seeks to jump the curve and make use of bleeding edge technology and concepts to create solutions to problems.

Tyler is a successful founder of a number of startups and he specializes in everything a technology entrepreneur should, from CEO all the way to VP of Coffee Blending. He has experience in everything from operations, sales and finance to product architecture and development. He pitches in where his help is needed

Vaughan David


Vaughan grew up in Jhb and was educated at the University of Pretoria completing his BEng Electronics degree in 1998.
He was recruited by Accenture as a Process Consultant. In 2002 Vaughan was headhunted by IBM to join their startup business consulting team and worked there until late 2006. From there Vaughan joined Liberty Life in the strategic projects and change teams.

Recently Vaughan joined First National Bank in a Business Strategy and Architecture role advising the groups businesses.

In 2005 Vaughan and his brother Brent started their company David Brothers Properties, which has acquired and manages numerous commercial properties. The aim of the business is to maximize shareholder return by growing the rental income steadily while ensuring long term asset base growth.
Vaughan and Brent have investment holdings in other startup companies, allowing for their experience to be used in the growth of these companies.

Shaun Richards


Shaun is one of the founders of Platform45, an online solutions company that transform cool, clever ideas into successful, intelligent and effective online systems.
Intending to show the world (particularly South Africa) that software, based on flawless function and impeccable form, can change lives, Platform45 has built solutions from mind-shaft analysis systems for Anglo American to time-scheduling applications for top agencies in New York and Cape Town.
Shaun thinks big, is always looking to improve, and takes on the big problems to solve, whether it’s building an online community-based funding resource, or constructing a mere 1,332-piece Lego Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, just in a bit of spare time.

Peter C. Boraine

Equity Equivalent - Business Development Manager at Microsoft

Victor Chaitezvi

Business Development Manager: Equity Equivalent - Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd

Victor manages two of the five Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Microsoft South Africa's R475million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (Mmapro IT Solutions (Pty) Ltd and iSolv Technologies (Pty) Ltd). This is the largest BBBEE deal in the ICT sector in South Africa.

Victor manages the relationship between Microsoft SA. He also acts as a trusted advisor to the Chief Executives and Managing Directors of those companies. He is involved in the business at an operational as well as strategic level. He also administers the financial and resourcing investment into those companies and ultimately oversees their success in reaching stakeholder and shareholder goals and targets in making them global software development companies stemming out of Africa.

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