NextGen Founders is a communal learning experience for 20-30 year old founders seeking to develop their understanding and application of redemptive entrepreneurship. This 8-month programme will run from September 2020 to May 2021, consisting of tailor made, structured tasks and activities to meet the practical needs of participants. We’ll connect weekly via online meetings and at a get together in March 2021 (COVID-19 depending), as well as at the 2021 NextGen Summit. We will select 12 ventures or participants for this year’s cohort.

  • A founder or co-founder of a venture

  • Between 20-30 years of age and are running a small venture full / part-time

  • Deep interest in the work / faith integration and embodiment of the gospel

  • Want to build redemptive ventures that have a significant impact on our society and economy

  • Entrepreneurs already building a redemptive venture and who plan to make it their full-time work

  • Ventures must be beyond the idea stage or ready to launch (you’ve already researched and tested your concept

  • Your venture should be solving a critical problem in our nation and continent

  • The venture can be a profit or non-profit, as long as it is redemptive by nature

Applications for NextGen Founders 2020/2021 is open and will close on 16 August 2020.

  • Access to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who love God and want to solve problems together

  • Personal access to our Triga alumni, successful entrepreneurs and leaders who integrate their faith with their work

  • Access to resources such as a tailormade curriculum with structured activities

  • Participants will attend weekly virtual meetings which include webinars, breakout sessions, individual mentoring and group discussions

  • Participants will get to attend the Founders Weekend, to be held in March / April 2021 (COVID-19 depending) in the Cape Town area

  • Participants will connect with a mentor once a month for feedback and progress

  • Through the generous support of our financial partners, we will cover most of the cost of the programme and only charge the participants a once-off admin fee of R500

  • Triga does not take equity in your venture

  • We cover accommodation, meals and ground transport for the Founders weekend

  • For Founders weekend the participants will cover their own flights

These are some of the amazing entrepreneurs in our Triga community who will be involved in the founders’ programme.

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BRANDON PASCHAL

HEAD OF INCUBATION | LAUNCHLAB

Brandon is currently the Head of Incubation at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. He oversees the incubation and acceleration programmes, recruits potential investors and service providers, works with corporates to engage with startups, and speaks at various startup events promoting the Western Cape and South African tech startup community. He also directly works with more than 10 startups. He was on the founding team of a Campus Outreach in Johannesburg, a global ministry to university students serving as the Mobilisation Director. After eight years with Campus Outreach, Brandon joined Applogix in 2012 where he headed the Project Management and Business Analyst functions. He facilitated a strategy and culture overhaul in 2014, which was crucial to Applogix being acquired by WPP (UK based group of creative agencies) in 2014 for around R50m. Brandon received his MBA from East Carolina (AACSB) in 2013. His undergraduate studies were in business science at UNC-Charlotte. Brandon’s expertise lies in strategy, culture and business model design.

JOHN YIP

DIRECTOR | INTERNATIONAL SPORT LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

John’s purpose is to enhance strategic Kingdom expansion processes and to develop emerging leaders through the means of catalyzing and multiplying Gospel movements. He is the global co-convener for a global sports coalition with partners in 200 countries. Since 1999, over 5 million young people in 170 countries are reached and discipled through sports and games annually as a result of training for 80,000 leaders each year. John is the director of the International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) – an initiative that has trained 500 emerging global leaders from 130 countries. He is the global facilitator for Ubabalo – an initiative to equip coaches to be fathers on the sports field. Ubabalo has exploded to over 140 countries with 10,000 coaches trained annually and open source material available for multiple sports in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Certified Behavioural Consultant. John is married to Wan Yi and they have embraced the adventure of parenting their daughters Emma and Ellie. They love serving young couples and young families to discover their purpose within God’s mission.

LUSANDA MAGWAPE

CO-FOUNDER & CEO | DREAM FACTORY FOUNDATION

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 Joy.

PAUL KIM

CEO | PICSA

Paul is an actuary by profession. He began his career at Metropolitan, then left traditional employment to pursue his passion for building businesses; specifically in education and financial services. His career to date has focused on understanding human behaviour – how to bring people together, align them with a vision and guide them in the right direction. He also has a keen interest in sustainability, stewardship, and creating meaningful businesses that add value to all stakeholders.

SAMMY RABOBELE

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER & PRODUCER  |  BEYOND THE EYES

Sammy grew up in a farming family in the North West, post-Bophutatswana. He was educated at Potchefstroom High School for Boys and the University of Pretoria. It was at university that he truly came to know Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and sensed the call of the Lord on his life. After completing his B.Com Investment Management degree, he joined a ministry called Campus Outreach as full-time staff for six years, sharing his faith on campus. The desire to tell stories finally drove him to realise his dream of capturing the African stories that often remain untold, co-founding Beyond the Eyes in 2014. He shares the journey with business partner Tebogo, as well as his wife Mpho and their daughter Aobakwe.

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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