Pro-Circuit Coaches

Philip Kiracofe


Partner: Horizen Ventures Africa




As Nelson Mandela once said “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Failure Club is a support group of individuals inspired by the desire to push beyond (mis)perceived boundaries. We believe that the “fear of failure” is one of the biggest limitations on our potential as human beings and we compel you to confront and overcome that fear on a daily basis by pursuing seemingly impossible goals.


“Over the last 25 years of my ‘adult’ life, I have attended the US Air Force Academy, co-founded, funded, and advised dozens of start-ups, raised two venture capital funds, volunteered in disaster zones (Thailand, Haiti), sold million dollar condos in NYC, was President of the Manhattan Association of Realtors, sat on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, completed the Comrades and 2 Ironman triathlons, summited Kilimanjaro, trained a Service Dog, made a barrel of wine (Shiraz), co-hosted a year-long show with Morgan Spurlock (Failure Club), launched the first international mountain bike race in Haiti (MTB Ayiti), got married, got divorced, and moved to South Africa. I am here working with start-ups that have global ambitions, raising a venture fund in SA, and plan to create a viable IPO marketplace (AIM for Africa) and the first African Innovation index. My life is guided by the perpetual quest for failure, and since 2004, that has manifested through the Failure Club.”


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts? “You represent some of the brightest minds with the greatest resources on the continent. There is no better place to pursue audacious, transformative goals.”

HOW DO YOU ‘IMAGINE A NEW AFRICA’? “I see a rich source of innovators solving global challenges with a uniquely African approach. And launching AIM for Africa - a vibrant IPO market on the AltX exchange.”