Youth Startup Accelerator

Calling Mzansi’s innovators, creators and entrepreneurs!

Fetola in partnership with FNB are looking for Mzansi’s movers and shakers, hustlers and innovators; aspiring entrepreneurs who are young, enthusiastic, intelligent and passionately driven to succeed.

Do you have a business or a business idea that can ignite positive change and create an impact in our country? Then bring it! We’re looking to take your businesses and business ideas to the next level, nurture you as entrepreneurs and connect you with like-minded innovators. Apply for the Youth Start-Up Accelerator (YSA) to start a two-phase journey with 100 other movers and makers!

Eligibility criteria

YSA is a hands-on acceleration program for young business owners who want to refine and define their brands and leadership skills. It’s a space to craft ideas, connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and impart the tools needed to build impactful businesses. YSA is growing young entrepreneurs to grow Mzansi.

  • Applicant must be between 18–35 years (Preference will be given to applicants between the ages of 18–25)
  • Has a startup that has been operational for less than 6 months
  • Or unique idea for starting a business
  • The business is at least 51% black-owned and managed with an annual turnover not exceeding R1m
  • The applicant must not be employed full-time
  • Has the passion and resilience needed for business
  • Has a desire to create a profitable and sustainable business (not an NGO)
  • Preference will be given to applicants based in townships, peri-urban or rural areas

Benefits of the program

  • Practical, interactive business skills workshops
  • Mindset, mental preparedness and motivation
  • A business roadmap template
  • Ideation, product development and business model testing
  • Mentorship (group and individual)
  • Marketing, market-readiness, and brand building
  • Peer networks
  • Entrepreneurial job shadowing and youth mentors
  • Access to data support


March 18, 2022
Organizer Fetola
Website Visit website
Targets South Africa
Sectors Sector agnostic