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Applications open now for one-month Wits, MIT tech startups course


Wits University, in conjunction with MIT Sloan School of Management, has opened applications for teams interested in participating in the MIT Global Startup Labs Programme which starts in Johannesburg next month.

The event runs from 24 June to 29 July at Tshimologong, Wits University’s Digital Innovation Precinct, and will provide opportunities for participants to learn and experience the process of innovating and building a tech startup.

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Joburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) director and Tshimologong founder Barry Dwolatzky said in a press release to Ventureburn that applicants need to exhibit a sense of cohesion, drive, and creativity.

“We are looking for teams of three to five people who either already have a startup idea, or are in the nascent stages of pursuing it already. This is a fantastic opportunity to boost entrepreneurship and technology, which is vital to the development of our local economy.”

He said through the MIT curriculum, classes will cover how to create a business model and how to develop an app. Each team is required to have at least one technical team member that can code or develop app wire frames.

To be accepted into the programme each team member must complete one application (find it here). Once accepted, each team will receive an email confirming their acceptance. Entries close on 24 May and all successful teams will be notified by 9 June.

For information on the MIT Global Startup Labs programme visit For any queries email

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