The 9-day life-changing start up accelerator in Cape Town

Dramatically accelerate your idea, business and yourself in 9 days in Cape Town

Bring your concept, start up or fledging business to our accelerator,
December 2017

For aspiring entrepreneurs, their teams and intrapreneur teams who want to dramatically accelerate their idea in nine days, Techqala is a practical business launcher.

Techqala is 9-day programme of guidance, talks, practical exercises, mentorship and direct access to experts that will take your start-up through a dramatic growth cycle – much of it outdoors in some of the most spectacular locations in Cape Town.

Each day comprises a morning outdoor workshop from 8am-1pm in which you’ll learn the methodology together. The afternoon is free time to get out of the building and use what you’ve learnt to build, test, sell. The evening session is 5-7pm – an expert talk, show & tell or something completely different.

Accelerator full. Places available on Growth Hack Day – 7th Dec.

details and how to book

Start: Friday 1st December 2016 – 6pm
Finish: Sunday 10th December 2016 – 2pm

Cape Town, South Africa

What’s included / not included

R40 000 / $2,750 per person (early bird 40% off before 31/10/16)
Discount: African Start Ups – R5 000 per person or R10 000 for a team of 3
Discount: International Start Ups – $500 per person or $1,000 for team of 3
Scholarships: 100% scholarships available to 6 high potential African start ups 

Register interest now

The 9-day programme
This year’s programme is being finalised, but here’s how it looked last year…

Saturday  |  8.30-11.30  |  Silwood School of Cookery
The Vision and Inception workshop: how to articulate your purpose and early product so the world can understand it and help you test it
With… Jack Hubbard and Carrie Bedingfield

Sunday  |  8.30-11.30  |  Silwood School of Cookery
The Test To Validate workshop: advanced techniques for validating a new product
Testing hypotheses – the science of validating early ideas
Value Proposition Design – find what customers will bite your hand off for
With… Richard Stobart and Carrie Bedingfield

Sunday  |  6.00pm-7.30pm  |  Silwood School of Cookery
TALK: Master Social Marketing with the ‘guru of digital engagement’
With… Jack Hubbard
Open event – space available – COME JOIN US!

Monday  |  8.30-11.30  |  Silwood School of Cookery
Innovate your Business Model workshop: discover how the world’s best companies create and road test new business models
– The elevator pitch that resonates
– Create your business model with advanced Business Model Canvas – craft how to make the money!
With… Richard Stobart and Carrie Bedingfield

Monday  |  6.00pm-7.30pm  |  Workshop 17
Techqala Entrepreneur and Start Up networking at Workshop 17
Meet the Techqala teams and experienced entrepreneurs and investors from the UK and the US, including Richard StobartJack Hubbard and Carrie Bedingfield
Open event

Tuesday  |  8.30-11.30  |  Silwood School of Cookery
The Minimum Viable Product workshop: drive up deployment, drive down risk with an MVP
– Map your Minimum Viable Product – the smallest product customers will pay for
– Design and build your Minimum Viable Product
– Start deploying..!
With… Richard Stobart and Carrie Bedingfield

Wednesday  |  8.30-11.30  |  Silwood School of Cookery
The Data-driven Design Workshop: drive up deployment, drive down risk with an MVP
– User testing for high value feature design – close the learning loop to avoid build the features customers think they want but don’t actually use or pay for
– Metrics and data-led design – how to bring laser sharp focus and reduce risk with the right numbers
With… Richard Stobart and Carrie Bedingfield

Friday |  6.00pm-7.30pm  |  Workshop 17
The Big Techqala Bash 
Come and spend the evening with us – experience how entrepreneurs put the Life into Work/Life balance :-).
A night to be remembered…
Open event

Saturday  |  10am-1pm  |  Workshop 17
The Investor Insider Workshop – advice from two of the most credible investors in Cape Town
Find out:
– The range of investment options for start ups in Cape Town and how the machine works.
– What investors are looking for – really and truly. What’s real and what isn’t. What will fly. What will never fly!
– What your priorities should be if you’re looking for outside investment – and what isn’t worth spending time on.
André de Wet – ex-CEO at Pricecheck
Jess Williamson – Techstars
Open event

Sunday  |  10.00am-1.00pm  |  Workshop 17
The Demo Morning
Join our teams to hear the results of the 9 day accelerator. Explore the hottest new digital products and services to emerge from Cape Town. Investors… come and have a browse!
Open event – space available – COME JOIN US!

your 9-day start up team

Jack Hubbard
Founder @propellernet & @CoverageBooks, Entrepreneur in residence @dreamvalley365
Richard Stobart
CEO of Unboxed Consulting, founder of Techqala, lean start up and digital product development expert
Carrie Bedingfield
Entrepreneur, investor, speaker on purpose-led business and founder of accelerator, 50th Generation

frequently asked questions

How is Techqala funded?

It’s not-for-profit. We sell tickets. Companies sponsor the event. Speakers contribute their time for free. We give scholarships to as many South African start ups as we can. Unboxed Consulting is the event backer – financially securing the 9 days.

How big will the Techqala be?

Twenty start ups is the sweet spot. There are several opportunities during the 9 days for the Cape Town business community to come and mingle and see what we’re doing. In 2015 about 100 people joined us at various points along the way.

Who is behind it?

The entrepreneur, digital product expert and South-African-now-living-in-London, Richard Stobart. His company Unboxed Consulting is the power behind the event. Richard is also co-founder of the start up accelerator 50th Generation who are also providing their time and know-how.

Companies from past cohorts

Karen Wessels from Snapp Sales
We take care of high-value yet time-consuming B2B lead generation, freeing up sales people to pitch and close deals.
Mthunzi Ngwenya from We Are Africa
Event aggregation and ticketing app
Christelle Odendaal from Zatsa
Zatsa provides South African schools with a mobile app and platform to enable two-way communication between schools and parents about sports events



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