For Mamba Mentors, it’s all become an Italian Job. Mamba Founder James Durrant has joined forces with Italian business incubator U-Start to help give entrepreneurs a welcome boost.

U-Start head Stefano Guidotti has asked Durrant to participate in his company’s Bloom conference. The event, which takes place in Milan in mid-May, is devoted to showcasing international startups. Durrant will be moderating a special panel on South African startups and their international links, taking the floor alongside business leaders like Simbarashe Samuel Mabashe of Wabona and Sean Grant Riley of Ad:Dynamo.

Durrant says he wants to specifically show off the South African startup ecosystem at the event, and welcomed the chance to court Italian businesses. “I want to highlight the opportunities for international investors,” he says. “I also want to use the conference to demonstrate what makes South African startups so incredible, and why Mamba Mentors is a key part of developing those links.”

The three day event will include a mix of networking on seminars, and focus on Italian, Brazilian, Russian and South African businesses.

“We came across James and Mamba Mentors in the context of the activities U-Start runs in South Africa,” says Guidotti. “We have a specific focus on South Africa as the entry point to the whole continent and an upsurging ecosystem of quality startups.”

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