Startup Sessions (Parktown, Johannesburg)


Startup Sessions (Parktown, Johannesburg)

Forum to create and share information related to an upcoming Johannesburg workshop where the goal is to kick-start at least one company in one weekend.

Location: Parktown, Johannesburg
Members: 59
Latest Activity: Nov 16

The Concept

Concept from adapted to local conditions.

The basic goal of the weekend is to start at least one company.

We will do this by gathering a group of people that all are interested in becoming IT entrepreneurs. Those of them that have a business idea will get a chance to pitch the idea (the elevator pitch). People then volunteer their weekend to help bring an idea that they believe in towards prototype stage.

We believe this can be done, because a weekend is short enough that people stay energized and long enough that a significant amount of work can be done by 5-10 people that work on an idea they believe in.

Participants: Anyone with a laptop that wants to be part of a technology startup, but primarily people with programming skills.

Discussion Forum

Legal Support

I'm a corporate and commercial attorney. I now offer a full legal service to entrepreneurs for no upfront fee. I take an equity position in the project, which may be closed out if the company is…Continue

Tags: free, legal, support, agreements, license

Started by Adam Pike Oct 24, 2013.

An online info and support tool for entrepreneurs

Hi AllI would like to introduce you to the South African SME Toolkit – a resource website aimed at informing, educating and assisting the South African entrepreneur to start, run and make a success…Continue

Tags: SME, business, small, entrepreneurs

Started by Rene Truter Feb 11, 2011.

Practical Information for the Weekend 1 Reply

Hi AllWe trust that you are as excited as we are that there are only a fewdays to go before the JCSE's first "start-up session"! We received your registration for this event and we trust that you are…Continue

Started by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen. Last reply by Adrian Bain Oct 4, 2010.

First weekend 3 Replies

Starting Saturday 31/7 at 09h00 and runs until Sunday 1/8 in the evening.We have a venue for the first startup weekend:Regus' offices in Parktown (see event below for address and map)Please signup…Continue

Started by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen. Last reply by Nyasha Mutsekwa Jul 28, 2010.

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Comment by Medzani Musandiwa on February 3, 2012 at 2:10

I'm an entrepreneur and I'd imagine this is right down my street.. I have my own plans however; plans that are going to take a lot more than a weekend, nine months in total to be exact. Would it be okay if I perhaps dropped in to observe one or two weekends?, I love the concept.

Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on July 2, 2011 at 15:42

Please note that we are involved in organizing


Concept similar to Startup Sessions (or actually Startup Sessions is similar to Startup Weekend, which is where we got the concept from).


Will be at Microsoft in Bryanston on the weekend starting 29th of July.

Comment by Mohammed Waseem Sader on May 12, 2011 at 19:38
How did the last start-up session go?
Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on January 30, 2011 at 13:35
Events created for Startup Sessions here on Silicon Cape. We will have a total of four sessions, roughly every quarter, throughout 2011.
Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on January 20, 2011 at 18:03

Dates for Startup Sessions in 2011

  • 19-20 February
  • 7-8 May
  • 13-14 August
  • 29-30 October

Book the weekends. More info as we come closer to the dates.

Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on September 28, 2010 at 6:26
We now have 36 people registered, which I'm very pleased with. An email with practical information was sent late last night and I have posted the same information in this group's discussion forum.

We're keeping registration open and will hopefully see a few more people signing up.
Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on September 16, 2010 at 11:04
Hi Robert, great to hear that you will join us. Monday this week we had 20 people registered and we have had quite some interest since then. Think we will be a good crowd and we have excellent facilities available at Wits University.

We are starting Saturday at 09h00 and after a short introduction people will get a chance to do their pitch. Prepare yourself!
Comment by Robert Fall on September 16, 2010 at 9:44
I'm wanting to come up from CPT. Hoping that it's gonna be as awesome as it is in my head!

Just registered. Are the pitches still open and will they take place on the Friday?
Comment by Mikkel Søgaard Christiansen on September 6, 2010 at 7:58

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