Google launches Umbono incubator in the Silicon Cape.

Google officially launched their Umbono project today. It is a project aimed at incubating African Tech entrepreneurs. They provide joint angel funding from Google and a connected Angel group as well as office space at the Hub and mentorship from Google developers. They also get assistance from the Bandwidth Barn VeloCITI program. See more on the Google blog here. (Or the Memeburn writeup here)


Teams need to be based in Cape Town to be part of the project as the offering is a combination of local services and networks. This is the first full service incubator to be positioned in the Silicon Cape as it offers participants funding, mentorship, support as well as placing them on a time limit of 6 months to develop their idea. 


You do not need a full business plan to apply, but only a good idea, strong technical team and be able to run with your idea. They are currently looking for idea's so apply here.

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Comment by Timothy Nchabeleng on April 12, 2011 at 23:52
Lovely march to Cape Town corporates like google are marching. Thanks to the investment in IT infrastructure that is made in Cape Town - I am happy to be here
Comment by Bradly Angelo Swart on April 8, 2011 at 10:47
Nevermind, I found it.
Comment by Bradly Angelo Swart on April 8, 2011 at 10:25

Does anyone know if there is some sort of NDA agreement with regards to your submissions to Umbono ?

Comment by Roger Norton on April 6, 2011 at 9:51
in the old Castle Brewery in Woodstock.
Comment by Bradly Angelo Swart on April 6, 2011 at 9:48
Where is the Hub ?
Comment by Roger Norton on April 6, 2011 at 0:32
These startups do have to be for profit, but the Heart Foundation, also based in the Hub, does something similar for non-profits.
Comment by Robbie on April 5, 2011 at 23:08
Love the idea, love google, do the startups have to be for profit?
Comment by Kyle Burnett on March 31, 2011 at 11:04
I have just submitted my idea. Projects like this are great to see in this country. Hats off to Google!
Comment by david bassock on March 26, 2011 at 0:15
The Umbono program will undoubtedly have positive or negative consequences on African startups.
 see why
Comment by Bradly Angelo Swart on March 25, 2011 at 10:00
We are definitely going to be making some submissions!

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