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 now closed for this training year. We will be announcing further expansion of new academies in partnership with The Innovation Hub so follow us on twitter @mlabsa for announcements.


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

mLab currently hosts its Accelerator and associated support and funding in Cape Town & Tshwane.

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 are invited to the mLab Pre-Accelerator and must be able to attend the programme at either the mLab in Tshwane or Cape Town at own expense. No exceptions.

The Pre-Accelerator concludes with a pitching day to our investment panel and Startups who successfully secure funding through the pre-accelerator pitch will be granted additional resources, including hosted space at the labs for a further 4 months to achieve their investment milestones as part of the mLab Accelerator.

Innovative App startups, including those who focus on mobile, Internet of Things, CryptoTech, HealthTech and wearable devices, can apply to participate in this accelerator and will have an opportunity to qualify for an early stage development & validation grant of up to R500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Rand) plus Acceleration.

Important to Note:

The mLab Accelerator is a very competitive process and applicants are advised to summit their best submission with clear and accurate information. Once submitted the application will be reviewed as is and no requests for in person presentations or sharing further information by phone will be catered for.

Due to the high volume of applicants per season the mLab and its partners will only communicate with candidates selected to move into the next evaluation stage. Should you not receive feedback within 2 months of the application closing date your application may be deemed unsuccessful and you are invited to apply again the following season with an improved proposal.

Applicants who receive a notice of referral to mLab from other parties should accept that their application with that partner has been unsuccessful and that they have been referred for an independent review by mLab for our Accelerator programme. Referrals do not represent a progression of any 3rd party’s application process.


Applications are currently closed but interested startups may register below for notifications once the next round opens.

Notification Request mLab Start-up Lab

We are currently not back at the office yet, but we are reachable through our office number 012 844 0240 or via email at