#cocreate2Accelerate 2017

South Africa

Are you a high-impact South African start-up considering scaling globally?

#cocreate2ACCELERATE is an incredible opportunity for South African start-/scale-ups to (net)work with top Dutch scale-ups, and engage an international perspective on challenges faced by your business in the South African ecosystem.


The program is an initiative by the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town, with the goal of building relationships between high potential young companies from both countries, with the possibility for international partnerships and expansion.

Amsterdam is ranked second in Europe for starting a business, and is becoming increasingly recognised as an innovation hub that serves as a gateway to the broader European Market. 

The program focuses on:
  • Accelerating entrepreneurial growth through ecosystem exposure
  • Collaborative problem solving and knowledge sharing, mentorship
  • Networking with key corporate, entrepreneurial and legal players in Cape Town.  
What can participants look forward to?

Selected participants will get the chance to meet industry thought leaders, corporate mentors and like-minded entrepreneurs, allowing the opportunity to:

  1. Grow their innovation intelligence, networks
  2. Market and customer segment understanding 
  3. Ensure legal compliance with the help of experts and consumer focus groups.


The Netherlands

Did you know the African continent is home to 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world and the middle class will grow exponentially the coming decades?
Did you know South Africa offers great opportunities for innovative businesses? And that Cape Town is known as the digital gateway to Africa?

The Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town is organizing a unique bootcamp named #cocreate2ACCELERATE to introduce you to this incredible city and the opportunities it offers.

#cocreate2ACCELERATE is a bootcamp where Dutch start/scale-ups meet their South African counterparts in Cape Town. It is developed by the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town to enhance economic co-operation between The Netherlands and South Africa. The goal of the program is to build relationships between high potential young companies from both countries. Selected participants will get a chance to (net)work with their peers and meet key players in the Cape Town startup ecosystem like investors, government officials and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Companies in other sectors can also be admitted to the program if their product is potentially valuable for the (South)African market.

We are looking for dedicated and serious Dutch start and scale-ups that are considering expanding to Africa. They either:
  • Want to test if Cape Town is the right hub for their international expansion (long program)
  • Or are considering scaling to (South)Africa and want to discover the South African startup ecosystem (short program)

#cocreate2ACCELERATE The bootcamp will give you a solid understanding of what it takes for your company to scale to (South)Africa.

The program is fully funded by RvO, participants only pay their flights, and accommodation and personal expenses.

This world-class program also provides the opportunity for international and local media exposure through the Consulate’s extensive media network across a number of platforms. 
The program includes participation at the Innovation Summit, Africa’s premiere startup event taking place from 06-08 September 2017. 

We will specifically focus on the following five sectors which hold great potential on the African continent for both SA and Dutch startups/scale-ups

HealthTech 1
Edutech 2