Give your business idea rocket fuel


Businesses we are working with


MBPS internet speed


Kilometres from the nearest wine farm

Join the LaunchLab and connect with customers and investors, 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 and direct access to business customers in your target market, the LaunchLab’s incubation programme gives you the connections you need to start, build and grow your business.

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Ideas Programme

  • Innovation Challenges help you understand what kinds of businesses corporates are looking to partner with and invest in.
  • We work with our partners to shortlist applicants, take them through a customer discovery and prototyping process, and then pitch to our partners for 6 months of access to the LaunchLab.


  • Our programmes help you discover who your customers are, develop a prototype for feedback, and build a relevant due diligence dataroom.
  • Portfolio Managers help you connect with our partners who are potential customers and service providers to meet your current needs.
  • Coaching and mentorship puts you in touch with skilled and experienced entrepreneurs.
  • You get market access through regular startup events, meetups, business mixers, networking and funding opportunities.
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Student Programmes

We are privileged to be in the position to work with several student thought leaders from Stellenbosch University as well as students from other universities in South Africa.

This year we are offering the Stellenbosch University Fellowship Programme and a number of other students focused programmes.

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.

Dozens of LaunchLab-incubated companies got funding in 2017 – 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.


Pitches facilitated to our corporate partners


Litres of wine consumed at events


Active Corporate Innovation Challenges


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.

Lean Iterator

We use the Lean Iterator content and run a 12 week programme to help startups validate their value proposition and discover who their customers are.  Growth hacking, delivering value using email and whatsapp, getting out of your comfort zone and working networks.

Countdown Programmes

Our own Countdown Programme pulls the best from startup service providers together to build a 15 week programme to help startups put all of the structures and controls together to bring on large clients and take on investment.


The Makerspace

The LaunchLab Makerspace, sponsored by RS Components, has been created for innovators and entrepreneurs to build prototypes to take to market. Any innovator is welcome and collaboration is encouraged.

Machinery available:

  • Electronic workbench (soldering, measurement equipment)
  • Mechanical workbench (drill, circular saw, welding, air compressor, dremels)
  • 3D printer

*Consumables are not provided e.g. sandpaper, grinder blades, welding rods.


  • R1898/ Monthly
  • Hotdesk
    • All services noted above
    • Unlimited access
    • Dedicated locker for storage

  • R4978+/ office
  • Office
    • calcPrice based on square metres of the office, so this will vary
    • All services noted above
    • Unlimited access
    • Dedicated furnished office
    • Cleaning services
    • Discounts for Stellenbosch University companies

  • R2520+/ workshop
  • Workshop
    • Price based on square metres of the workshop, so this will vary
    • All services noted above
    • Unlimited access
    • Dedicated space
    • Cleaning services
    • Discounts for Stellenbosch University companies