In a country where good quality software developers are very scarce and where education in the industry is more often than not based on broader theoretical aspects of ICT, finding developers with the right abilities and mindset to be productive within the Aspire Solutions’ team of high-calibre developers was never an easy task. 

We came to realise that the best way to have the excellent team of developers that the Aspire Solutions work demands would be to train new recruits on the job, and so we applied our very own “start now” philosophy and in this way, on the move, the Aspire Academy was founded. 

A Dynamic journey

Using existing, available material that we source and vet, we teach young people to be full-stack developers from the ground up.  We apply our very own just-in-time and agile business methodology to our teaching, with learners working in small iterations and moving up the stack when it becomes apparent that they have mastered an area.

Learners work on a project of their choice, present their progress to others in the company, face questions and go back to apply what they have learnt.  In this way, the lines between learners and trainers are quickly blurred, with those who have completed a particular area giving input to others working their way through it.

Real-world Teaching

The objective of the academy is to get developers to be as productive as possible, as quickly as possible.  While training continues, learners also have the opportunity to do real work in areas in which they are competent.

We have found that this kind of training is remarkably effective, especially for people lacking in opportunities.  While the path to programming for some is through a lengthy tertiary education, this kind of education is not always possible and nor is it always necessary.  Often, even developers who have come this route need to be brought up to speed or have what they have learnt focused, which can take time. 



1. Who is eligible to enter the Grow 20 series competition?

The competition is open to tech startups that are registered and have been in operation for at least 1 year. Employees of Aspire solutions and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Grow 20 series.

2. How can I enter the Grow 20 series competition?

To enter the competition, create a video about your business and submit it through the submission page on our website after completing the entry form. The video must not be longer than 5 minutes.

3. What should be included in the video submission?

  • The video must include an introduction to your startup.
  • Your core product or service.
  • Why do you believe your startup deserves to win?
  • What the money would do for your business.

4. When is the deadline for submissions/ the end of the competition?

The deadline for video submissions and the end of the competition is on 31st August, 2024.

5. How will the winner be selected?

The winner will be selected based on innovation and the potential impact of the cash injection on the startup. A panel of judges from Aspire Solutions will review all submissions.

6. When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced on 1st September on our social media platforms: Instagram and Linkedin.

7. What is the prize?

The winning startup will receive a cash injection of R20 000 and mentorship from Aspire Solutions.

8. Can I submit more than one video?

Each startup is limited to ONLY one video submission.

9. What format should the video be in?

The video should be in MP4 format and must not exceed 100mb in size.

10. How will my video be used?

By entering the competition, you agree that Aspire Solutions may use your video for promotional purposes on our website and social media channels.