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Founders Den: This is Where We Get Together to Build the Future of SA's Tech & Startup Ecosystems


What is Founders Den in Cape Town, how we’re building a better tech startup system, and how to be a part of this year’s event

Founders, funders and innovators – it takes an ecosystem to raise successful startups and grow a tech industry that continually creates new opportunities for everyone involved. And enabling that is what Specno’s annual Founders Den event is all about.

Hosted at Specno HQ in Century City, Cape Town on 9 March 2023, here’s a preview of what to expect and how to be a part of Founders Den 2023.

What is Founders Den?

Founders Den is all about making it easier for founders to go from idea to hyper-scale. Here’s how…

Our annual tech celebration event is organised by Specno’s exclusive Founders Den Network, a support system and mentorship network dedicated to bringing together significant contributors from every part of the SA tech ecosystem – tech founders, investors, corporate innovators (and people supporting the ecosystem) – to foster collaboration, build bridges and help make it easier for others to enter the tech scene.

All with the core goal of growing SA’s Startups and Tech industries.

Specno is on a mission to help 1 million people build tech-enabled businesses by 2030, and Founders Den is where we bring all the founders, investors and stakeholders we know together to meet, collaborate and help us build an amazing tech future.

In the most exciting way possible, of course…

Watch: Get a taste of the exclusive Founders Den experience

Founders at the event

Be part of a select few entrepreneurs who get to learn, share, meet investors and potential collaborators, and get exclusive discounts to select entrepreneurial and growth services.

Investors at Founders Den

Be part of a select handful of investors who get to meet the best and brightest new early-stage entrepreneurs (pe-vetted as serious builders) on a personal level and be part of the excitement of the startup ecosystem.

Corporate innovators at Founders Den

Get personal insights into what is actually possible with tech and the chance to build and explore collaborative opportunities with the next generation of builders in the SA tech space.

What to expect at Founders Den 2023

Get insights from some of the top-performing entrepreneurs in SA – including hot topics, brutal truths and hard-earned advice you don’t normally hear outside of closed doors.

Join breakout rooms for sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Corporate venture building & how corporate innovation units can keep up, track and even collaborate with startups.
  • How to know you're on the right path with concept validation, feedback loops and rapid experimentation.
  • AMAs with SaaS pros – ask our panel of Product Development, Sales, Marketing, and Fundraising pros any question you like.

And then there’s, of course, Specno’s famous Founders Den entertainment and networking.

How to be part of this year’s event

Founders Den is a limited event, and attendance is by invitation only. If you want to be a part of it, though, we’d love to get to know you. Please let us know if you want to be included on the guest list by completing the Founders Den form.

Founders Den 2023

9 March 2023 (17:30–22:00)
Specno HQ, Centennial Place, West Block, First Floor, Bridge St, Century City, Cape Town
Contacts: info@specno.com | Invite only, apply here

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