Boitumelo Gumede

Ziah | Somerset West, south africa

Boitumelo is the founder of Ziah, a kids’ clothing brand established in December 2020. Ziah is a Hebrew name that means light, tying well with the company’s strong message according to Thess 5:5 “… sons of light. Daughters of the day”. Ziah prides itself on locally produced products and high-quality fashion, following core beliefs of accelerating African economic growth. She started the business as a full-time mom who was unemployed at the time and looked forward to seeing the development of the venture.

Danei Rall

Findamentals | Pretoria, south africa

Danei is a dynamic young woman passionate about seeing growth, transformation, and innovation, especially in her own country. She consults in her capacity as an industrial engineer and co-founded Findamentals – a company on a mission to empower individuals by giving them the knowledge and tools needed to take charge of their finances. Danei is driven to solve problems using technology and is on a journey to understand the psychology behind technology and how to use it to influence positive behavioral change.

Fundiswa Yuba

Kushamiri Circle | Cape Town, South Africa

Fundiswa is a people professional who has worked for the past 14 years in shipping, telecommunications, and financial services. Fundiswa believes there is dignity in working and seeks to unlock this potential in Africa’s people. Through her social enterprise, Kushamiri Circle, Fundiswa serves her community with career guidance, leadership development, and coaching. She wants everyone to understand the actual value of ubuntu (“humanity to others”). She creates awareness helping others recognize the systems thinking inherent in “Ubuntu,”  which states, “I am because we are; when my brother is struggling, so am I” – Ubuntu.

Ingrid Skhosana

IS Impact Partners | Sandton, SOUTH AFRICA

Ingrid is the CEO and Founder of IS Impact Partners, a social enterprise. She is an advocacy leader focused on B-BBEE and Transformation. Ingrid has committed her career to social good and has over a decade of experience across multiple industries focusing on B-BBEE and Transformation. She has designed and delivered impactful ESD and SED programs across Southern Africa. Ingrid is passionate about the sustainable development of the African continent. She was nominated as one of the Leading women in CSI for 2022.

Ipeleng Mathebula

Boost Mechanics | pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

Ipeleng is a professionally registered mechanical engineer with a conviction for using his gift of analytics and passion for engines to contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the transport and energy sector. The belief led him to establish Boost Mechanics in 2014, and he was graced to have the opportunity to be part of the NextGen Founders program 2022 cohort. The rest of the journey is an unfolding story.

Londiwe MYEZA

Ikusaselihle NPO | Durban, SOUTH AFRICA

Londiwe is an experienced Communication and Corporate Social Investment (CSI) specialist. Her versatility has seen her thrive in the corporate and community development sectors. Her corporate experience and passion for community development have led her to her current role as Chief Executive Officer at Seed of Hope Community Development Centre. She is also a Co-founder of Ikusaselihle NPO based in KZN.

Lungile Gamede

With Sis | johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Lungile Gamede is the founder of ‘With Sis,’ a social enterprise that partners with individuals, families, and communities to mainstream and demystify health and wellness. As the founder and professional nurse, Lungile is passionate about the ‘heal’ in healthy and believes in restoring the accessibility of health and wellness interventions/facilitators for nations.

Mariette Jacobs

Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC | Paarl, SOUTH AFRICA

Mariette is the co-founder and managing director of Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC, founded in 2013. She is a registered psychologist passionate about child protection, ethics, creative and strategic planning, innovative models, and continuous growth in line with God’s heart for communities. Ezrah is a Hebrew word meaning “helper,” and through training, capacity building, leadership development, and collaboration, Ezrah aim to promote ethical service delivery and quality education where children matter. In 2018, Ezrah embarked on a digital strategy to launch Ebooks and online courses in line with Ezrah’s motto: “Grow Today. Lead Tomorrow.” Mariette is looking forward to the next chapter to learn more about redemptive entrepreneurship, hoping to co-write stories of change where God will be glorified.

Melanie Rossouw

Pearl Netball | Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA

Melanie is the Founder and CEO of Pearl Netball. She has traveled the world and worked in six different industries for her studies, volunteer work, and business purposes – which all prepared her with a great vision and the necessary skills. She loves being a part of uplifting communities and encouraging those around her. In her struggle to find purpose as a young girl, she has a beautiful testimony that when something is difficult, it can mold you into something beautiful. Her studies in Business Management, her love for sports, and her creative side work well together in building and developing Pearl Netball.

Raiyen Chetty

The fry guys eatery | polokwane, SOUTH AFRICA

Raiyen is the Chef and Co-founder of The fry guys eatery. Raiyen and Co started the Fry guys in 2020 after returning from the USA, aspiring to give customers various food options and flavors in a small city. He began his food journey in 2015 and, along with his business partner, looked to create a food culture in their hometown of Limpopo.

Rose Dube

Sex with Rose | Nigel, SOUTH AFRICA

Rose is an innovator and entrepreneur. She is passionate about providing communities with affordable and inclusive healthcare solutions using technology platforms. Her YouTube and Instagram pages aim to provide youth with sexual education and health information. She has recently completed her Master’s in Medical Microbiology from the University of Pretoria. She now plans to use her skills and expertise to create a digital platform for health and wellness services.

Sandra Bilonda Zaca

Brave SpacesPretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

Sandra is a refugee, survivor, and champion for displaced and vulnerable women. She works as a mindset strategist and a motivational speaker and, in 2021, was a top ten finalist in Mrs. South Africa.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sandra fled the civil war that had ravaged her home country as a child. She spent two years in a refugee camp in Malawi and has survived sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. Sandra knows the hardships of living on the street, attending school without meals, and enduring xenophobia. Against the odds, she arrived in South Africa as a teenager, taught herself English, and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Political Science. She now lives in Pretoria with her husband and three children.


Through all her adversities, she has learned to develop a resilient mindset. Her life experiences have birthed a passion for empowering women – which led her to found Brave Spaces. This organization supports other women, particularly those impacted by gender-based violence, to develop resilient mindsets.

Sebastiaan Barnard

OTOMATIKACape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Sebastiaan is a conscientious person who has spent most of his professional career in the aviation industry. Two years ago, he started a Robot Process Automation company with two friends called Otomatika, where he fills the role of an Operations Executive. Sebastiaan and his team believe that life is too short of busying oneself with “copy&paste” mundane work that repeats daily. Together they help businesses to make better use of their employees’ time and leave the tedious and repetitive work to a software robot.

Shawn Lochner

LochTec | Strand, SOUTH AFRICA

Shawn started his career as a designer and worked his way up to building a marketing agency. Since 2021 he has launched another company with a partner. His passion is to bring change to the world and his local communities through technology and being a vessel of change. He enjoys the outdoors, with Mountain Biking being his go-to to clear his mind after a full day. He is passionate about finding solutions to complex problems in his business and personal life. He has been married for ten years and has two daughters, aged 5 and 2.

Simon Hoatson

24Seven Plumbing and Electrical Services | Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA

Simon is the owner and managing director of 24Seven Plumbing and Electrical Services. He bought the business over from his older brother back in 2020 in the thick of Covid19. He envisioned it becoming one of the most reliable and honest yet cost-effective plumbing companies within The Helderberg basin and beyond.

From starting as an apprentice plumber and working his way up to the owner, Simon has a drive and passion for development and change. His goal is to make a difference in the conduction of business by basing work on quality, honesty, and integrity. His dream is to not only grow the business but give back, develop and empower the next generation.

Simphiwe Makapela

Onroute AfricaSOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA

Simphiwe is the co-founder of Onroute Africa, an Agritech startup that seeks to digitize the informal fresh produce trade in South Africa and, hopefully, Southern Africa. When people see a street vendor, Onroute folks insist that they know an institution that holds the potential to drive tremendous change in ensuring food security at the bottom of the pyramid. Society cannot successfully talk about food security until the marginalized are food secure. Thankfully, through technology, Onroute is gearing up to streamline trade by developing financial and e-commerce technologies from primary agriculture to the consumer level in the hope of shared prosperity and market access.

Surika Behrens

Social Enterprise Academy | gordons bay, SOUTH AFRICA

Surika is passionate about supporting social entrepreneurs on their journey to sustainable social impact. She joined the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) in 2017 and has been the SEA SA Hub Manager since 2020. Social Enterprise Academy is a global learning and development social enterprise that supports people working towards creating social change. Surika started her career as a journalist and gained over 12 years of experience in project and stakeholder management in the non- and for-profit sectors. Before joining the Academy, she was a Business Associate at the start-up accelerator TechStars and a Corporate Matchmaking Manager at the SA Innovation Summit. Her projects include starting an education center in the inner city of Pretoria and rolling out ECD reading programs at disadvantaged schools.

TENDAI DARA

Dara group | Harare, Zimbabwe

Tendai is an inspirational entrepreneur who has found success in pioneering several businesses. Equally passionate about influencing positive change, He is an avid supporter of non-governmental groups, charities, and organizations that promote the empowerment of the next generation. An award-winning speaker, he was on The Young Independent’s SADC Top 100 2019 lis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tendai’s other entrepreneurial successes include founding the DARA GROUP, which houses Bridgetek Investments, TD Inc, Cleanit Zim, Pillar of Hope Foundation, and ByteCrafts Pvt Ltd. As an accomplished author, Tendai has published two books sold worldwide, the first being Turning Point, which explores how purpose shapes our environment through psychological decision-making. His most recent book is The Success Pyramid, which has had a transformative effect on readers leading them to create action from their imagination and ultimately success. Tendai is known to discuss scalability for start-ups and achieving personal and professional goals. As a speaker, he has been invited to present for the United Nations Academic Impact and the World Youth Forum.

Thabiso Sebata

Start Media | Alexandra, SOUTH AFRICA

Thabiso is passionate about bringing creative solutions to businesses through branding, web, publication, and stock images. Through Alexbiz, he creates spaces for community businesses in Alexandra to grow. He is a connector and a community leader. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and seeks to connect SMEs to do business with corporates

Xander Janse van Rensburg

labit | Wellington, SOUTH AFRICA

Xander is a passionate, hard-working, God-fearing family man who has been through the mill. The school of life has taught him many lessons he’d like to share, from experiencing the ultimate highs and the most challenging lows. He believes that anything is possible once you apply yourself and commit. He’s the general manager at a business incubator and always pursues his entrepreneurial ventures while seeking connections. Sport and photography are his other passions.

Zamekile Mthiyane

Emgroserv Accounting Hub | Durban, SOUTH AFRICA

Zamekile Mthiyane is a Professional Accountant (SA) and an entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in accounting, tax, and finance. She is the founder and a CEO of Emgroserv Accounting Hub (Pty) Ltd, an accounting firm that offers tailor-made accounting and tax solutions that drive positive change to enable clients to make effective economic decisions while empowering and professionalizing unemployed accounting graduates with Certified Accounting Technician qualification from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Zibusiso Ted Mhlanga

Nubrix | Victoria falls, Zimbabwe

Zibusiso Ted Mhlanga was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he completed his higher education studies at Falcon College before moving to South Africa to pursue his tertiary education, specializing in Civil Engineering. Upon arrival in South Africa, this zealous young man faced many challenges – finances being one aspect – and most of them outside the classroom. This forced him to grow and enter unprecedented waters, first in the name of survival but later in the name of purpose. This led to the birth of multiple ventures, which enabled him to set a vision for his life and his family. He is currently working as a Junior Civil Engineer, hoping to register under ECSA, which will empower him immensely in his entrepreneurial journey.  

Zizikazi Bidla

ToothWorx Dentistry | Secunda, SOUTH AFRICA

Born in Umthatha in 1993, Zizikazi is one of 3 girls raised by Nozameka and Xolani Bidla. After her parents separated in 1998, the financial adjustments in the family led her mother to teach them financial independence. Little did she know that this is where her entrepreneurial fire would be ignited. Selling sweets to friends and community members for pocket money was the start.
After completing Highschool, she enrolled in Law School at Wits University with the desire to go into Human rights and health Law. Still, she later registered to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry. Her passion for people and the health sciences pushed her to shadow multiple doctors and specialists to learn more about the practicalities of healthcare and how it directly affects patients.
In her community service year at Evander Hospital, Mpumalanga, she soon realized the gross disparities in healthcare and facing the employment realities in South Africa; she decided to open up a practice in Secunda Mpumalanga to provide quality oral health that is affordable. She then opened another practice in the township of Embalenhle and has recently signed with the Netcare group and has a practice under the Netcare group in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

She is a lecturer at the Wits Oral Health Centre and is currently studying towards an MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Her ultimate goal is to have multiple practices in rural South Africa that provide quality health care services.

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