Startup 54

Friday, 9th November - sunday 11th november 2018 

pivotal software

211 Old St, London EC1V 9NR

Do you want to build a start-up that can transform Africa in just 54 hours?

In collaboration with Pivotal, Foundervine are bringing #SU54: Africa Tech to London on 9th to 11th November.

Startup 54 brings together ambitious changemakers, young professionals and aspiring tech entrepreneurs to form teams, build prototypes and launch business ventures that can transform the African continent.

This immersive three day experience is designed to launch new ventures that have a strong impact and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Entrepreneurs will be immersed in the ideal environment for start-up magic to happen.

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  • Are you passionate about African development with an idea that can solve a social, economic or environmental issue on the continent?

  • Are you a business professional interested in using tech for good?

  • Are you a developer, UX/UI designer or tech professional who wants to make a difference?

  • Do you want to get hands on and learn by doing about business design, market research and developing a prototype?

  • Do you want to get mentoring from insiders, business advisors, technological experts and social enterprise gurus?


Startup 54 is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Startup 54 is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • A series of masterclasses by expert business advisors

  • 1-2-1 and group mentoring sessions with brilliant mentors

  • Membership of the Foundervine Community and access to a network of professionals, game-changers and social entrepreneurs like you

  • Internet access and lots of space to work


Lunch is not provided in the cost of your ticket. However, Old Street has a vibrant selection of cafes and restaurants to grab a bite throughout the weekend!

Are there any age requirements to enter the event?

Startup 54: Africa Tech is an event designed for budding and current tech entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30.

Do I need to have an idea or be running a business to take part in the event?

No. Just have a passion for making a difference! Please note that your idea should be something you have not previously worked on.

Do I need to be from Africa?

Absolutely not. The programme is open to anyone that is interested in using tech and innovation to solve challenges facing emerging markets in Africa. 


Do I need to have tech skills?

No, not essential. We welcome multi-disciplinary teams. Whether you have a background in business, tech, social development, charity or education, your skills can make a great contribution to a team.


What's the refund policy?

No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

What if I can't afford a ticket?

We're keen to ensure that everyone that wants to participate is able to participate. If you think you qualify for  a concessionary ticket, please email us at [email protected] 

By participating in the event, you grant Foundervine permission to capture photo/video of the event.

Sponsor SU54!

We would love your support if you share our mission to make the enterprise sector a more inclusive, diverse space where young people from all backgrounds have the space to grow.
Supporting our work is a great way to show your commitment to under-represented communities, and to gain access to a network of talented organisations, start ups and young people. For more information about sponsorship, email Izzy at [email protected]

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