Stellenbosch University LaunchLab is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to coordinate and help grow the SU Techpreneurship Centre – SU LaunchLab’s brand new upskilling programme aimed at equipping individuals with in-demand technology and entrepreneurship skills.

This is an extremely exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to not only coordinate the Centre under the guidance of SU LaunchLab’ CEO and the Director of the SU School for Data Science and Computational Thinking, but to take the lead to scale the Centre into Africa’s premier technology and entrepreneurship up-skilling initiative.

The candidate will ideally have experience in developing or facilitating training and development programmes within the domains of data science, machine learning, and/or software engineering. Experience with project management and business development is very beneficial, in order to drive the project to meet milestones and generate revenue/funding for the programme.

The candidate will join SU LaunchLab as a Fellow: with the potential to grow into a full-time role, an opportunity to test out working in a start-up environment, and to explore an exciting new career path. 

If you have a passion to use your skills to help shape Africa’s tech skills landscape, then SU LaunchLab will be an excellent environment for you to deploy your skills in a growing, an ambitious team bent on transforming seemingly impossible ideas into world-shaping ones.


Position: SU Techpreneurship Centre Coordinator   

Hours: 20 hours per week for an 8-week Fellowship role 

40+ hours per week if the position transitions to full-time employment 

Reporting: Reports directly to CEO 

Salary: Fellow Stipend to start. Competitive Market Salary, Incentive Package,

Profit-Sharing if full time

Timing: 15 May 2021, preferably sooner 


Course Design & Facilitation:

  • Develop technical and non-technical curricula for technology and entrepreneurship training programmes
  • Identify the most relevant and in-demand skill sets demanded in the industry
  • Set up interesting learning journeys for a variety of learner types
  • Develop or aggregate learning content
  • Recruit and coordinate other content contributors
  • Coordinate and facilitate training programmes for different learner segments, both part-time and full-time, as well as virtually and in-person
  • Coordinate external course contributors/facilitators

Project Management:

  • Develop recruitment and application pipelines/structures for potential candidates
  • Oversee and conduct reviewing and selection processes
  • Oversee cost planning and budgeting activities for the Centre with the CEO
  • Define and drive longer-term strategies for the Centre
  • Engage with the Marketing Manager on marketing programmes to prospective candidates

Corporate Partner Engagement & Business Development

  • Handle and facilitate all corporate partner engagement
  • Conduct initial outreach to companies for possible partnerships
  • Liaise with corporate partners on skills and competencies needed to be built in the curriculum
  • Facilitate the process of placing candidates with corporate partners for internships
  • Drive business development initiatives and income streams for the Centre
  • Explore and pursue other income streams for the Centre
  • Collaborate with Marketing Manager on marketing the Centre to prospective corporate partners


  • A minimum of an Honours degree is required but a Master’s qualification in a related field is preferred
  • Experience developing or facilitating training and development programmes within the above-mentioned domains
  • Entrepreneurial, project management, and business development experience (i.e. getting stuff off the ground and getting paid for it!), is preferred
  • Passion for knowledge transfer and training
  • Strong sense of self-responsibility to take ownership of an early-stage startup
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication and organizational skills


In order to apply, please send us a CV. We also ask for a video (60 seconds or less) telling us about your experience in getting a new initiative off the ground. Lastly, you will need to submit a Motivation Letter (250 words or less) answering the simple question ‘Why are you fit in equipping others with the tech and entrepreneurship skills desperately needed in Africa?’