PROGRAMME

LaunchPad

Join this programme to practice your pitch in a live setting, get real-time feedback, optimise your pitch,
and possibly qualify to pitch at Demo Day. 

Practice your pitch in a live setting
and get real-time feedback. 

Do you have an existing viable business and a pitch deck?
Get real-time feedback & expert guidance.

Is your pitch up to scratch?

Join our pitch practice session and get real-time feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. 

Is your pitch deck optimised?

Hear what is holding back your pitch from getting the interest and attention of investors. 

Do you have an investible business?

Find how investible your business is.

Are you ready to pitch investors?

Get feedback on how ready you are to pitch investors, and qualify to pitch at our Demo Day if your results are high enough. 

Get access to carefully curated online content to refine your pitch deck and perfect your pitch. 

MEET YOUR PROGRAMME LEAD

Sandras Phiri

Sandras is an expert on entrepreneurship and innovation. He has founded successful companies in IT, entertainment and startup education. He has worked with over 25 organisations, lectured at over 17 universities and been to 22 countries. 

Sandras has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from UCT. He has been taught by teachers such as Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Tony Robbins. He has shared stages with Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin Maskovitch, Youtube co-founder Steve Chen, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Blank and Clayton Christensen. 

Meet your mentors

Simon Stockley

Simon is a Senior Executive with over 30 years experience in Financial Services.
Simon was the first CEO for South African Home Loans (SAHL), South Africa’s first discount home loan specialist and non-bank mortgage lender. 

Mupota Muchelemba

Mupota is a leader in information technology, currently MD of Seidor Zambia. Seidor is a multinational I.T. integrator and systems provider covering consulting, infrastructure, implementation and support and is a platinum partner of SAP.

Abhinav Gautam

Abhinav Gautam is an entrepreneur with over 10 years experience of running and mentoring startups in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He has mentored over dozens of entrepreneurs in the USA, India, and Rwanda. He has designed and facilitated business training to over 500 entrepreneurs across the world.

Ariel Sumeruk

Ariel is a Digital Market Specialist. He leads Conversion Science – an agency that specialises in Google AdWords, Facebook PPC, You Tube PPC, Conversion Optimisation and Paid Media Strategy, and Google Analytics.
His name is synonymous with multiple SEM achievements:

Join LaunchPad Now

Take the next step in getting your business funded. 

Here's what our students are saying...

In the four years of building my company, attending a number of programs and  pivoting 5 times, nobody has given my team and I half the knowledge we have received from Startup Circles in the last 4 weeks. 
Gasta Kevin
Yamzit
The Launch has introduced our team to a community of brilliant, like-minded entrepreneurs, from across the continent, with whom we’re exchanging a wealth of knowledge and experiences in the entrepreneurship journey.
S'bu
Patron Assist
I was part of the Y Combinator Startup School this January and I still feel I am gaining more at StartupCircles than at YC cohort. I think the reason is because we get to talk to Sandras and mentors directly, as well as other Entrepreneurs
Oladimeji Luqman Malomo
Push Eat
I want to say thank you for last night and this training program - I am learning SO much about how to implement ideas - I wasn't aware that there was in fact a framework one could follow for entrepreneurship so this is SUPER insightful.
Caley
AYA

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Frequently asked questions

Will I get feedback on my pitch? 

You will be invited to join our pitch practice session, which is attended by mentors who are experienced entrepreneurs. They will then provide you with feedback based on the pitch you present. 

Will I get to pitch in front of investors?

If you present your pitch and implement the feedback you received, you could score high enough to qualify to pitch at our Demo Day. 

Will you help me with my business plan?

We encourage everyone to focus on their pitch deck. If you need any guidelines on the preparation of your pitch deck, we have included our How to Pitch Investors course as a bonus. 

Will I get mentors?

We have a group of mentors who partner with Startup Circles for the purpose of developing entrepreneurs. You will hear from them as you pitch at our pitch practice. 

Will I get investment from doing this programme?

You will get the opportunity to pitch live and get real-time feedback. If your business qualifies, you will get to pitch at our Demo Day. This is a guarantee to pitch in front of investors, but only they get to make the decision on who they finally invest in. 

I've written my business plan already, is this programme appropriate for me?

Yes it is! Having a business plan and pitching well to investors are two different things. A business plan is just a document. Your pitch is how you present your business through slides and verbal communication. Doing this programme will help you to view your business plan in a different light, and make it even better!

I'm just starting out, is it too early to do this?

This programme is specifically for existing businesses that have a viable product and are at least at early-stage traction. If you have no traction yet, consider our Startup Launch Programme, or our self-paced investor readiness for early-stage entrepreneurs. 

What happens after this programme?

This programme offers you a launchpad into the pitching process and a doorway into the investment community. If your business qualifies, you can pitch at Demo Day. The rest is up to you. You can also use the content included on how to approach investors and run with that. 
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Take the next step in getting your business funded.