Silicon Cape is an NPO and an ecosystem enabler for tech-enabled startups in the boarder Cape Region of South Africa. We work to connect stakeholders, curate ecosystem data, amplify the stories coming out of the ecosystem and advocate on behalf of stakeholders through its membership programme.


The Cape is an innovation hub for Africa and the world


Silicon Cape enables an inclusive ecosystem for tech-enabled startups.


Curiosity, Integrity, Openness and Respect

Operations team

The Operations Team manages Silicon Cape day-to-day and supports the Board of Directors and Community Council in an effort to fulfill the nonprofit’s objectives and mandate.

Leigh Bowden
Business Development Director
Ammaarah Daniels
Communications Coordinator

Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for Silicon Cape’s overall governance and strategic planning.

Sumarie Roodt
Vusi Thembekwayo
Zimkhita Buwa
Sebekedi Motlhabane Koloi

Community Council

The Community Council is elected every two years with each volunteer member responsible for a specific portfolio of activity.

Guillaume De Smedt
Roslyn Lavery
Startup Portfolio
Lara Rosmarin
Investor Relations
Aalia Manie
Government Relations