At mLab we offer a range of different programmes to support new skills development, solutions development and enterprise development. Please view our different programmes below and apply for the one that best suites your stage of development.

Please note that our programmes run as seasons or specific periods. You may return at a later stage to apply for the closed programmes and follow us on twitter @mLabsa for announcements of opening programmes.

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Please note:

  • All the programmes listed below receive a large amount of applications when open. When applications are opened they are promoted on our social channels and this website. Due to the high volume the applications are generally only open for a short period of time.
  • Due to the nature of our and our member businesses we do not accept walk-in meetings at our Labs. To access support please apply to the programmes below. To discuss other matters please contact us to schedule a meeting.
  • If you have been referred to mLab by any of our partners or others within the ecosystem please apply to our programmes below or contact us.

For Aspiring Developers: Learn to Code

Join one of our own or partner coding academies.

CodeTribe in Alexandra, Soweto, Tembisa & Tshwane
CODETRIBE ACADEMY is a full time practical programme focusing on Android, SCRUM Agile and Cloud technologies. Bursaries are awarded to qualifying students (unemployed youth between the ages 18 – 35. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for the Accelerator below).

Applications are open for the new training year. We will also be announcing further expansion of new academies in partnership with The Innovation Hub so follow us on twitter @mlabsa for announcements.

Applications are still open for students in Alexandra and Soweto who want to participate in practical training on Android.

Apply for 2017

CodeX in Cape Town
codeX is a full-time apprenticeship 9 to 5, every weekday. Very quickly, you’ll build real projects for real companies. You might even get paid for them as you grow your skills, and commit to working for our partners for a time at the end (if they want to hire you). codeX guides you and gives you a safe space to experiment and grow.


For University Students & Unemployed Graduates: Co-Create Innovative Solutions with Industry Partners

DEMOLA is a co-creation programme that matches multi disciplinary university students and unemployed graduates to partner on creating innovative solutions for real industry challenges. Qualifying participants get to work with industry representatives and ultimately own the Intellectual Property. DEMOLA is the perfect programme to gain experience, differentiate yourself in the jobs market or create the IP on which you can build a startup.

Apply for Cape Town

Apply for Johannesburg

mLab Accelerator Programme & Funding

Join our 2017 Acceleration Programme in Tshwane & Cape Town.

New Startups are selected through an application process by applying below. Growth Startups are selected through MTN App Awards, SLUSH, reHealthAfrica or DEMOLA

Qualifying Startups will be invited to the Pre-Accelerator and must be able to attend the programme at either the mLab in Tshwane or Cape Town. No exceptions.

The Pre-Accelerator will conclude with a pitching day to the investment panel and Startups who successfully secure funding through the pre-accelerator pitch will be granted additional resources, including hosted space at the lab for a further 3 months to achieve their investment milestones as part of the mLab Technology Accelerator.

Applications are currently closed and will be reopened when the new season kicks off.

App startups, including those who focus on mobile, Internet of Things and wearable devices, can apply to participate in this accelerator and will have an opportunity to qualify for a grant of up to R500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Rand).