Give your business idea rocket fuel


Dedicated offices


MBPS internet speed


Kilometres from the nearest wine farm

Join our Lift-Off Programme and successfully navigate the startup world.

A startup incubator built to help you succeed

From a portfolio manager who knows your business to a mentor who knows your industry, the LaunchLab’s incubation programme gives you the support you need to start, build and grow your company, including access to angel and seed funding.

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Ideas Programme

  • Innovation Challenges help you understand what kinds of businesses our corporate partners are looking to invest in.
  • If your idea qualifies, you move on to our Pitching Platform, which lets you pitch your idea to a panel of experts from your industry and win support and incubation from the LaunchLab and our corporate partners.

Lift-Off Programmes

  • Our Lift-Off Programmes help you gain the business knowledge you need, but don’t yet have.
  • Portfolio Managers help you get to grips with things like strategy, finance, operations and marketing.
  • Coaching and mentorship puts you in touch with skilled and experienced entrepreneurs.
  • You get market access through regular startup events, business mixers, networking and funding opportunities.
Facilitator - Renier Schonken

Much more than office space and internet

Cycle to work, hang up your bike, shower, grab a flat white and a breakfast, work hard all morning, have that meeting over lunch at the cafe, push through the afternoon, get together with friends for a fascinating evening talk about running a startup, meet people who can help you do amazing things.

  • Share ideas with other entrepreneurs
  • Bump into Angels and VCs
  • Engage with eager corporates in your industry
  • Meet MBAs from abroad

It all happens at the LaunchLab.

Office Space

Hot Desks


Meeting Rooms


On-site cafe

Bike Shed


Don’t just sit there. Get funded.

More than 40 LaunchLab-incubated companies got funding in 2016 – from brand new ideas to revenue generating businesses. Yours could be next.

Right now, more than 30 leading investors and funds are in our investor network and are regularly looking at LaunchLab-incubated companies. As part of our incubation programme, we introduce our founders to angel investors, VCs and our corporate partners to help them take their company to the next stage.


Business Mixers each year


Litres of wine consumed at events


LaunchLab companies in Grindstone


Ideas Programme

Our corporate partners have laid down the innovation challenges in their industries. Take the challenge and pitch your idea to a panel of experts, and even take it to a live audience of other startups and potential investors. Get it right, and a cash prize, support, and LaunchLab incubation are all up for grabs.

Knowledge Acceleration

A 14-week programme to help you go from a good idea to a real business plan. From defining your target market to planning to company structure and its operational viability, this is an intensive programme to help you get the skills you need to run a business.

Countdown Programmes

Turn your business plan into a revenue-generating reality with expert advice and support from LaunchLab portfolio managers and industry mentors and coaches. This programme will help you execute your business plan in the real world and provide market validation for your product.


  • R1066/ Monthly
  • Part-time Hotdesk
    • All services noted above
    • Up to 100 hours per month during normal office hours
    • Dedicated locker for storage

  • R2069/ Monthly
  • Full-time Hotdesk
    • All services noted above
    • Unlimited access
    • Dedicated locker for storage

  • R3820+/ office
  • Office
    • All services noted above
    • Unlimited access
    • Dedicated furnished office
    • Cleaning services
    • Discounts for Stellenbosch University companies