Annually we select a maximum of 20 NextGen Applicants to form part of the NextGen Founders programme. It is a communal learning experience for the curious / the dreamer / the go-getter / the side-hustler / the young entrepreneur. This programme targets those who are ready to dig deeper into the wealth of knowledge the Triga Community offers, while leaning into God’s redemptive plan for society and the economy.
NextGen Founders is an six-month programme consisting of tailor-made, structured tasks and activities to meet participants’ practical needs. We connect weekly online and have an in-person weekend where founders and mentors connect, fellowship and learn.
**Note that the Founders Weekend is Covid-19 dependant, as our community members’ safety (and inner peace) is essential to us.
- A founder or co-founder of a venture
- Entrepreneurs 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.
- 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 R1 200, or monthly fee of R200 (for 6 months)
- 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
FOLLOW TRIGA VENTURES
JOBJACK | CO-FOUNDER & CO-CEO
Heine is a born leader and motivator of people. He is the co-Founder and co-CEO of JOBJACK. Heine is a qualified CA (SA) and embodies the role of a forefront founder by his unending dedication and innovation. It is Heine’s call to be a Kingdom financier, leading the business world in his favour and walk with God.
MOSAIC BEE TRUST | FOUNDER & CEO
Meyer Conradie is the founder and CEO of the Mosaic Group. With a master’s degree focused on the efficiency of different orphan care models, Meyer oversees the development and implementation of Mosaic’s orphan care programmes. He leads fundraising teams in South Africa, the USA, Germany and Sweden and provides strategic direction to a portfolio of businesses that generates sustainable income and create job opportunities for Mosaic’s orphan care programmes. He believes that his greatest achievement in life is getting the right people onto the bus (and, of course, getting his wife and three kids to church on time every Sunday).
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.
RANYAKA | ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & COLLABORATION MANAGER
Marli is a social entrepreneur and NGO sector specialist with 18 years’ experience in business development, operations, social enterprise development and socio-economic programme development. She is the current Enterprise Development & Collaboration Manager of Ranyaka Community Transformation. Marli is using her invaluable experience in the NGO sector towards a shared and holistic developmental purpose. She works with non-profit organisations, academia, government and civil society networks to steer their focus towards the common agenda to make collective impact. She facilitates collaboration between these multiple sectors streamlining their focus and playing to their strength within the context of their geographical and thematic ecosystems. She is the current Chairperson of the Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network (SCAN), a non-executive Board Member of Fix Forward and also serves on the Stellenbosch University Institutional Forum. She graduated with a B-tech Degree in Public Relations Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2003.
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.
MOVEPRETTY | 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 Africa. 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.
QUALI HEALTH | FOUNDER & CEO
Nthabiseng is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that, if realised, will make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets. She has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector, firstly as a medical advisor and product manager in the pharmaceutical industry and then as a partner in an emergency medical practice. She also has experience in the sub-acute healthcare environment. Nthabi completed her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where her research topic, “Factors that influence the non-urgent use of emergency departments in the South African private healthcare sector” seeks to aid in the development of divergent strategies for these patients.Nthabiseng is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that, if realised, will make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets. She has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector, firstly as a medical advisor and product manager in the pharmaceutical industry and then as a partner in an emergency medical practice. She also has experience in the sub-acute healthcare environment. Nthabi completed her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where her research topic, “Factors that influence the non-urgent use of emergency departments in the South African private healthcare sector” seeks to aid in the development of divergent strategies for these patients.%MCEPASTEBIN%
DIGEMY | FOUNDER & CEO
After completing his Honours degree in Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University, Kobus pursued a career in credit risk, where he later became a specialist in credit risk modelling. While building models that forecast the behaviour of the consumer for some of the biggest banks in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Africa, he realised that there is very little being done to change this consumer behaviour. With his modelling expertise and passion for mentorship, entrepreneurship and leadership development, he founded Digemy.com, an EdTech company that specialises in organisational optimisation, financial wellness, and entrepreneurial and soft-skill development in the Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer markets.
SMART AGRI SOLUTIONS | FOUNDER & CEO
AJ is an agricultural value chain specialist who holds a BSc (Agric) and an MBA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. AJ’s professional qualifications in agriculture are further strengthened by 20 years of direct experience across each link in the entire agriculture value chain, ranging from agro-technical field production through supply chain to Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies and retail, having worked for leading companies in each of these different sectors, including Capespan, Maersk Line and Woolworths. AJ’s fresh produce experience spans controlled environment farming, technical horticultural production, fresh produce export, reefer liner shipping, freight forwarding, cold chain management and international fresh produce trading, as well as in retail across Sub-Saharan Africa. AJ is passionate about the role which innovative technologies can play in building more inclusive and sustainable agricultural supply chains.
SINANI ENERGY | CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Abonga has a degree in Organisational and Industrial Psychology from Rhodes University. In 2008 he founded Kanelo, a procurement business for a diverse group of businesses across a multitude of sectors. He moved on to be business manager of Wakaberry. After its acquisition by Famous Brands, Abonga was appointed Regional Ops Manager for Steers, Debonairs and Fishaways. Learning a great deal about systems from the corporate environment, Abonga co-founded Sinani Energy. Abonga’s passion for driving business sustainability is rooted in businesses becoming more energy efficient. However, his passion for people is not lost – he has started a programme called Man in the Arena, which seeks to address the mental health issues sports people go through during and after their playing days.
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.
CHRISTIAAN VAN DEN BERG
JOBJACK | CO-FOUNDER & CO-CEO
Christiaan, a people-passionate pioneer, is the co-founder and co-CEO of JOBJACK. He is a qualified CA (SA) – he came up with the idea of JOBJACK while completing his audit articles in 2017. Although he is stimulated by the business behind JOBJACK, he is driven by the people they are reaching, whether job-seekers, companies, employees or people simply inspired by what is happening. Christiaan wants to see God’s Kingdom come not only in his organisation, but in every company and person’s life.
TEODOR VAN DER SPUY
#IMAGINE | 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.