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Guillaume De Smedt

Guillaume De Smedt

Nickname: 'G'

Electronics, Web, Music, Life

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Pretoria South Africa

Guillaume de Smedt is the Global Community Director for Silicon Valley based Startup Grind. He manages the community team and overseas 200+ international chapters.

He has also been on the Silicon Cape board for over 2 years, where he is now the chairman of the Community Council. Although this doesn’t really make use of his electronic engineering background, he loves what he does.

Contact details

M: 0723125612

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Business Address

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8002

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G Interviews Monique from 500 Startups

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G interviews Yoco Founder - Katlego

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Current Position(s)

Council Chairman | Silicon Cape Initiative
Cape Town, South Africa | 2015 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

To help startups with resources, and networking opportunities in Cape Town and position Cape Town as the tech center for Africa.

Global Community Director | Community Team | Startup Grind
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2015 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Managing the global community for Startup Grind.

Chapter Director | Startup Grind
Cape Town, South Africa | August 2013 - present

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Host monthly meetings in Cape Townand Pretoria for local entrepreneurs to connect with each other, be educated from the best minds and inspired by their stories!

Previous Position(s)

Founder | Joojooberry
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - December 2016

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Running complete web design and online marketing company.

Electronic Design Engineer | One Digital Media
Cape Town, South Africa | 2009 - 2011

Manufacturing and Industrial

I was responsible for design of all electronic equipment. From circuit level components to programming of micro-controllers. I assisted in the design of complete units. Using Solid Works I draughted the idea into a 3D model. Designed the electronic boards to be used inside unit. Communicated with external companies to ensure successful build of complete unit. Responsible for costing and bill of materials for the unit. Created training documents, “How To” documents, and installation manuals for unit. Trained the field technicians across the country on correct installation methods.

Designed product specific cables. Sourced goods from all over the world for different projects. Worked with several different software packages. Dealt with clients, suppliers, project managers, directors etc. Did field tests to check system compliancy and try solve more complex problems in field.

Maintenance Expert Internship | Mercedes-Benz South Africa Ltd
East London, South Africa | 2008 - 2008

Manufacturing and Industrial

Worked in Maintenance department on projects. Implemented system checks using proximity sensors and advanced camera’s in the production line.

Exposed to all technologies in workshop including, but not limited to: Siemens S7 PLC’s, Scada development, Kuka robots, Laser welding machines and spot welders etc.

Technician | Comspec
East London, South Africa | 2001 - 2003

ICT and Telecommunications

Did 18 months practical necessary for me to obtain my national N6 Diploma. I installed, repaired, maintained & programmed two-way radio equipment on a component scale. I dealt face-to-face with customers. I helped install and maintain repeaters on rural mountains as well as local suburbs.

Educational history


Port Rex T.H.S, East London, South Africa (1999)


Cape Peninisula University of Technology

Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present

Electronic Engineering - Digital Design

Doing My B.Tech in electronic design engineering.

Tswane University of Technology

Pretoria, South Africa | 2004 - 2008

Electronic Engineering - Digital, Electronic communication and Software design

Buffalo City F.E.T. College

East London, South Africa | 2000 - 2001

N6 National diploma - Electronics



Piano Grade 3 | 1999

Received Grade 3 in Piano exams

Violin Grade 4 | 1999

Received Grade 4 in Violin

media exposure

HumanIPO | 2013

Networking event series Startup Grind will be launching in South Africa next week, giving the local community an opportunity to connect.



New Apostolic Church

Deacon, 2001 - present

Active in Church Activities


Launch of Startup Grind Cape Town

"Educational, insightful and inspiring.
Thanks you for a great event. Honored to have been part of the first of its kind on the African continent. Look forward to many more around the world.

All the best.
David Joseph.

P.S. met some great people too.
" - 2013

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