OUR FELLOWS 2018

Our 2018 fellows were the participants of our first Accelerator programme, and were chosen from numerous applications from across Southern Africa. They have become our first alumni, and will set the tone for what we believe will become a network of value-aligned peers – collaborating to develop solutions for large-scale impact throughout Africa.

AFRICAN MAMAS CRAFTS

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

African Mamas Crafts was birthed from a desire to create rural development by supporting local crafters’ co-operative groups, both through sourcing existing products and by collaborating to develop new and market relevant products. The aim of African Mamas Crafts is to showcase the beauty of African crafts and the resourcefulness of African women, creating an income stream that provides hope for families and makes tertiary education possible for their children.

NOMASWAZI TINUS

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Nomaswazi has a BSc Hons Geography from the University of Johannesburg, a post-graduate diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a diploma in Cartography/Mapping. She worked in the property and telecommunications sectors for a number of years, before starting African Mamas Crafts in 2015. As founder and director, she’s responsible for driving the strategic objectives and growth of the company through marketing, sales and co-ordinating operational activities. As a growing company, African Mamas Crafts uses GIS technology through Google Maps, analytics data and social media to position the brand in the global market place.

ANSTEM MEDICAL & TRAUMA

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

Anstem Medical started in 2015 as a by-product from a business closure that had resulted from an international takeover. This two-part business specialises in orthopaedic soft tissues repairs and traumatology. Their goal to help change a nation through sourcing product baskets that can offer sustainable growth. With a heart for locally manufacturing world class orthopaedic products, they believe that they can change the African orthopaedic environment by bringing cost effective quality goods to market.

STEPHAN STRYDOM

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Stephan has a background in Human Movement Science and started out in medical sales, setting the direction for a lifelong investment. With 10 years of medical and orthopaedic sales and marketing management experience, Anstem is the realisation of a dream – starting a God-focused business with like-minded colleagues. With a “lead from the front” mentality, he believes that anything is possible with hard work and the right people at his side!

ANGUS MULDER

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Angus is a co-founder and director of Anstem Medical – focusing on the sourcing, marketing and delivery of medical devices and implants in the discipline of orthopaedics. He has a background in Pharmacology, but early in his career moved over to sales and marketing of medical devices. Due to the repercussions of an international acquisition in the industry, the ambition that he shared with Stephan, to start his own medical device company, realised much sooner than anticipated. He has a passion for connecting with people from all walks of life and dreams of entering the field of medical manufacturing.

CALLING EDUCATION

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Calling Education NPC provides high quality private Christian education at a fee affordable to learners from low income communities. Calling Academy Stellenbosch opened in January 2018 at full capacity with 60 Grade 8 boys from 13 different primary schools. The school chain will be developed to extend the model to other locations. After noting the pressing need for such a school in Stellenbosch and much prayer, the organisation was founded in December 2015 and officially launched in September 2016. The organisation is providing thought leadership in the low fee independent education sector. Providing teacher development and distributing a “future fathers” short course to other schools is also high on the organisation’s agenda.

WERNER CLOETE

FOUNDER & CEO

Werner is a passionate and influential educator. He is the principal of Calling Academy and CEO of Calling Education. He previously taught at Paul Roos Gymnasium, where he headed up character development, Christian union, hockey and a boarding house. His other teaching experience includes Berkhamsted School and the Royal Grammar School (both UK). He is the author of First Class (a book for Christian teachers) and has spoken widely at staff development and education conferences. He is co-founder of Engage (promoting fatherhood in schools) and is a non-executive director of The World Needs a Father. He holds BSc(Ed) and BTh(Honours) degrees.

DOMINO

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Domino is a social enterprise that consists of a non-profit, a trust and a for-profit company, empowering and enabling businesses to tackle nation transformation through strategic partnerships, collaborative engagements and community impact. Domino’s social change model sees transformation in the marketplace by establishing social enterprises, addressing the key areas of charity, justice and entrepreneurship.

MICKEY WILKINS

FOUNDER & CEO

Social entrepreneur and head of a successful IT services company, Mickey gives significant time to making a difference in the community. He leads Domino Business, a group of companies fully owned by the NPO, as a sustainability fund and an agent for market-place transformation. Stakes are taken in companies, goods and services are traded and entrepreneurship and the growth of small business stimulated. Mickey’s 12 years of experience leading a significant NPO as founder and former CEO of The Domino Foundation, has helped guide many churches and NPOs into greater fruitfulness.

SHAUN TAIT

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Shaun studied marketing and has experience in operations. He’s been involved with The Domino Foundation for the past nine years and he is passionate about helping, loving and serving people. He loves being a part of a church organisation that is actively pursuing the call of God over their community and witnessing redemption and transformation through acts of mercy, fighting injustice and empowering individuals.

DREAM FACTORY FOUNDATION

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Dream Factory Foundation is a youth-led non-profit organisation that empowers young people from marginalised and underprivileged backgrounds to transition successfully into adulthood and lead purpose-driven lives through two programmes – Be The Dream for school-going learners and the Emerging Business and Coding Academy for post-school youth. In both programmes, young people are empowered through caring mentors, future-focused curricula and other opportunities that increase their knowledge of and access to tertiary, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. From 2016 to date, these programmes have impacted over 2,000 young people.

LUSANDA MAGWAPE

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Lusanda is an admitted attorney who is passionate about raising the next generation of youth leaders in Africa through education. As co-founder and CEO of Dream Factory Foundation, she’s received global recognition for her work, including the 2017 SE 100 Most Inspiring Social Innovators and Social Entrepreneurs; the 2016 Leadership Award at the Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards, and the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Education. She’s also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a proud wife and mother to baby Joy.

CHRISTELLE ATIBIA

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Christelle, who is French-speaking, holds a B.Comm Degree from the University of the Western Cape, but her true passion is youth development in Africa, a dream which she gets to live out through her role as Operations Manager. She also loves to travel and explore new cultures.

FIX FORWARD

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Established in 2012, Fix Forward aims to help build an equal and just society by creating opportunities for tradespeople from low-income communities to develop and thrive. They run a 12-month entrepreneur development programme for the tradespeople, consisting of e-learning, workshops, coaching and mentoring. They also connect people looking to do renovations and maintenance with the tradesmen, offering these clients a high quality service and providing additional business for the tradespeople.

JOSHUA COX

FOUNDER & CEO

After graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2004 with a BSc degree in Conservation Ecology, Joshua briefly ran a small franchise business in Pretoria. In 2006 he began working in the non-profit sector, partnering with rural communities in East and Southern Africa to implement health, education and entrepreneurship programmes. In 2009 and 2010 he worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) before becoming an activist for traditional fishing communities for three years. He started Fix Forward as a side project in 2008. In 2014 he became full-time CEO of Fix Forward and has never looked back.

GIFT DROP

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Gift Drop enables businesses and users to send vouchers to anyone on their contact list, using WhatsApp, SMS or Facebook Messenger, enabling users to celebrate every day. The Gift Drop team is working to make gifting a daily part of life, not only for commercial purposes, but also for charity, and they’ve only scratched the surface of how Gift Drop can intentionally change lives.

JACOBUS KRIEL

FOUNDER & CEO

Jacobus is a born creator and he started his career as a film director, where he directed for TV and even an American family movie that’s screened internationally. As the son of a missionary, he was often on the receiving end of old donated computers. Tinkering with these sparked a keen interest in technology that grew to presenting tech inserts on TV breakfast shows. He entered the Launch Lab challenge for new retail solutions and finally, his two passions, creation and technology, were merged. The company, Gift Drop, won the overall challenge and is changing the status quo of vouchering.

JANNIE GRIESEL

CFO

Jannie has an unquenchable appetite to be a master in his field, leading him to attain invaluable experience as a Chartered Accountant in the financial departments of various SMEs. With his passion for financial strategy and understanding the requirements to be a true South African entrepreneur, he embarked on the Gift Drop journey as CFO.

GOLD YOUTH

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Gold Youth’s mission is to roll out quality youth peer education programmes in alignment to the Gold model, empowering youth peer leaders to become positive role models and agents of social and economic change. Through the Gold social enterprise structure, young Africans from disenfranchised communities are up-skilled and supported to complete their education and reach their full social and economic potential.

SUSANNAH FARR

FOUNDER & CEO

Susannah holds an MPhil degree from Stellenbosch University and her active involvement in youth behaviour-change and skills-access has led her to pioneering the Gold Youth Development Agency (Gold Youth) in 2004, of which she is CEO. In striving to build Gold Youth’s sustainable scalability, Susannah established Gold Enterprises in 2011, a for profit company, 100% owned by Gold Youth. Susannah is an Ashoka fellow who is steadfastly committed to change and to finding innovative solutions for addressing the debilitating youth-education and unemployment crisis amongst the most vulnerable. Susannah won the Regional Business Woman’s Association of South Africa Award in the 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year category and was nominated as one of only four finalists in the 2017 Global Citizen award, in recognition of her innovation, action and impact in the alleviation of poverty. In early 2018 Susannah was selected as Life Co Social Entrepreneur Enterprizer.

MAHLATSE LANGA

HEAD OF FINANCE & SYSTEMS

Mahlatse is the Head of Finance and Systems for Gold Enterprises and its parent company Gold Youth Development Agency. Mahlatse left the corporate ladder and joined the Gold Social Enterprise structure as an executive team member in June 2017. Her move was fueled by her passion to support in the creation of profitable businesses that address the education crisis and the socio-economic divide in Southern Africa. She has a B.Com informatics from UNISA and her experience as a business analyst in various business sectors has brought a wealth of wisdom to the social entrepreneurship space. She also serves on the training team for Gold Enterprises and was recently a lead trainer in Malaysia assisting growing social enterprises in their business development.

#IMAGINE

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

#Imagine is a national youth movement that aims to inspire and mobilise South African teenagers to become the next generation of leaders. The #Imagine network annually hosts large energetic weekend events where the imagination of the next generation of dreamers, believers and doers are ignited. This is followed up and driven home with roll-out programmes to local communities and ministries. The network has grown over the past five years into one of the biggest ecumenical youth movements in South Africa bringing churches, schools and youth organisations together to build into the future of young people. #Imagine has taken up the challenge to serve the 10 million young people of South Africa by means of faith based events, support for local ministries and training initiatives for youth leaders.

FOUCHÉ DE WET

DIRECTOR

Fouché is one of the directors of #Imagine and enjoys the challenges and energy that comes with a ministry involving teenagers. After studying electrical engineering and travelling abroad for a while he started working in youth ministry and youth development and he hasn’t stopped since. Fouché is passionate about ecological sensitivity and also works towards ways of helping communities live sustainable and responsible lives. He enjoys working with his hands but that made him too popular with people who needed things fixed – and so now he mainly enjoys making a mess. He is married to Marina and they live with their two children in Pretoria.

TEODOR VAN DER SPUY

DIRECTOR

Teodor van der Spuy is a youth minister at a multisite ministry called Kerksondermure in Centurion. He is a final year student completing his master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for young people and wants to mobilise them for a higher purpose. He considers himself the younger brother of Kingsley Holgate, hence his passion for adventure, Land Rovers and Africa.

INOVO

PRETORIA & CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

INOVO offers contact centres a flexible way to service, sell to, or collect from customers across any channel – all with a view to transforming the customer experience, saving costs and driving efficiency and profitability. Through a collaborative approach, the company provides award-winning technology, solutions and professional services that deliver better, measurable results.

WYNAND SMIT

FOUNDER & CEO

Wynand Smit, the current CEO of INOVO, has worked in the South African contact centre industry for over 10 years. Along with his wife Liesl and his two kids, he spends many holidays connecting with nature at game parks or camping at scenic locations around the country. From creating his own self-sustaining fruit and vegetable garden to incubating new business opportunities, he is never short of starting new projects, and devising creative ways to bring his ideas to life.

PIETER KNOBLAUCH

SENIOR BUSINESS ENGINEER

Pieter is a senior business engineer at INOVO, where he is passionate about leveraging the benefits of intelligent automation to deliver business value. Nine years ago, he exchanged the beautiful koppies of the Suikerbosrand for the majestic Stellenbosch mountains to pursue his engineering studies. Two years ago, he married his wife, winemaker, and best friend, Lisa Knoblauch. They co-founded Kgotso Foundation, an NPO focused on empowering South Africans through mentorship, skills development and financial partnerships to purposely bridge social divides.

KHULA DEVELOPMENT GROUP

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA

Khula focuses on reintegrating primary school children, who are at risk of dropping out, back into school. Their aim is to see every child from disadvantaged communities attending school everyday, creating a future filled with hope and expectation and empowering broken communities through love and education.

DALEEN LABUSCHAGNE

COO

Daleen is a qualified social worker who, as she was raising her three children, dreamt of an opportunity to show love to other children, especially those in need. She now gets to live this out in her role as Chief Operating Officer of Khula.

MOVEPRETTY

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Founded by fashion designer, Annelize Kotze, and Olympic triathlete, Mari Rabie, Movepretty is an athleisure brand that creates stylish ladies’ active and leisure wear aimed at the South African market. Launched in Stellenbosch in 2014, Movepretty now employs six full-time and three part-time staff, 80 seamstresses and a network of other small businesses service providers like photographers, stylists and graphic designers.

ANNELIZE KOTZE

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Annelize started out her career in the world of advertising and brand management, but she’d always had a love for fashion and decided to continue her studies part-time at the Victoria Toma Institute of Fashion & Design and Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design. The opportunity to start Movepretty came when school friend and professional triathlete, Mari Rabie, who was completing her MBA at Oxford University, contacted her about a research project that focused on the need for well-designed ladies’ active and leisure wear in South African. Annelize now runs the business full-time and loves doing something that adds value to women’s lives, creates jobs and allows her to live out her passion for design.

SIX33 AGRICULTURE

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

Six33 Agriculture’s purpose is to build, maintain and grow world-class primary production operations focused on high value exportable produce. They are actively involved in the companies they partner with and nurture them to create sustainable growth. SIX33 Berries currently owns and operates two blueberry production facilities in the Stellenbosch area and the business is run by a strong management team with experience in the production, technical and commercial side of berries. The business has gone past the proof of concept stage and is ready for growth. Blueberries are locally produced and exported, which is an attractive currency hedge. The health benefits of this superfood are the main driver for a rising global demand. The most significant impact driver is potential job creation and wealth distribution in the local communities where they work.

JOHAN LE ROUX

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Johan co-founded SIX33 Agriculture and is the CEO, as well as serving as a director of the South African Berry Producers Organisation executive committee. Previously, Johan helped establish Eurafruit in 2007, a leading soft fruit company in South Africa and the global market. In 2011 he was instrumental in establishing the first world-class berry nursery exclusively for Eurafruit’s group of growers. During Johan’s tenure at Eurafruit he was strategically involved in new business, commercial and operational development of the business. He holds a BSc, majoring in Horticulture and Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

TALMAR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Talmar specialises in the allocation of impact-focused investment and funding, and the management of impact projects across Africa. They are experts in matching investment and funding, seeking robust financial as well as significant and measurable social and ecological returns, with high-potential greenfield projects across the continent. Their innovative, hands-on and truly human oriented approach to project design and development, ensures a diverse and vibrant impact project pipeline. This is the culmination of years of implementing investable and impactful integrated socio-economic development projects in African markets on behalf of private philanthropy, corporate clients, government and international development finance institutions.

LEON TALJAARD

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Leon is a development entrepreneur, with a passion for human-oriented commercial development that creates economic platforms where people and nature can flourish. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Talmar (Pty) Ltd, which he formed in 2011 as an expression of his vision to facilitate global socio-economic regeneration through economic development. Through Talmar, Leon has served various international clients and investors characterised by highly complex business development and stakeholder engagement processes.

TRIGA VENTURES IS A NON-PROFIT AND PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANISATION (PBO) IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ALSO HAS A 501(C)(3) AFFILIATION IN THE USA.

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