Change Your Game

Date: Mar 24, 2017

Empowering the next generation of young outstanding African entrepreneurs.At Change your Game, we believe entrepreneurs are the key drivers of tomorrows’ African innovations and essential to creating a thriving African economy.

In This Week's Programme:

*  We have on the line Khathu Ramukumba, The Chief Executive of  the  National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)  to talk to us about  the Agency  hosting the 2nd South African Youth Award (SAYA) at the St George’s Hotel and Conference Venue in Pretoria ,South Africa. Through the SAYA’s the NYDA seeks to provide a platform to showcase exceptional work, contributions and celebrate inspiring stories of young people who make extraordinary achievements despite all odds.


* South Africa’s Wits University launched the Personal Navigator Challenge last month. The challenge calls on innovators and  entrepreneurs across Johannesburg to come forward with digital solutions that will help people with visual and physical disabilities to navigate their way around large built-up areas. The Challenge is the first in a series of four annual digital innovation challenges, called the Digital Innovation Challenge, led by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University…. To unpack more on the subject, we talk to the Project co-ordinator, Xoliswa Ngxanga


* We also focus on The South African fintech startup that slashed the costs for Zimbabweans living in SA to send money home when it launched two years ago. It has expanded its money transfer service into Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. The business will expand into Mozambique, Malawi and Kenya by April. It has also earmarked a country outside of Africa for entry later this year. Cape Town-based mobile social startup Mama Money enables migrants in South Africa to send money back home with no hidden costs and no margin charged on the exchange rate. To find out more about the fintech startup Mama Money, joining us on the line from Cape Town, South Africa is Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money. Matt Coquillon the Co -Founder of Mama Money  tells us more


* Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, is a non-profit committed to  developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders. The Organisation recognizes that raising leaders is critical to nation building and wealth creation. LEAP Africa established the CEO's Forum in 2005 to serve as a platform for interaction, knowledge sharing and partnerships between Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and leading private and public sector organizations who offer cutting-edge solutions, support and services that aid growth, development and sustainability of businesses in Nigeria. To get further details about Leap Africa and the CEOs Forum 2017, joining us line from Lagos, Nigeria is Aramide Akisanya the Executive Director for LEAP Africa…

* Israel is  considered the world’s second largest hub of entrepreneurship after the USA. The main eco-system in Israel is in and around Tel Aviv where the majority of Israel’s startups can be found .Jerusalem with a few hundreds of startups is in the rise as the second largest eco-system, followed by Haifa and Beersheba. Much has been written about the Israeli entrepreneurship and its history and main drivers. According to the book Startup Nation:  The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups  in the world. Some of these startups achieve global success straight from Israel, such as Waze, and others achieve it after opening centres in places such as Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. We speak to the entrepreneurial environment in Israel, we talk to Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk

* And South Africa recently hosted the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. This was the first time this prestigious international event for entrepreneurs was held on the African continent. The GEC was attended by global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers. It was an opportunity for South Africa and the rest of the continent to showcase its entrepreneurial prowess to the world. GEC sessions were conducted by leading global organisations to help entrepreneurs start and upscale new businesses. Channel Africa’s Zanele Jambane attended the congress and filed a report


* Finally, Calls for more economic freedom among African women and a women’s development bank were high on the agenda at the Africa for Africa Women’s Conference 2017 that took place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The conference, which coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day, featured a myriad of guests who spoke about ways in which African women could be empowered through the moulding of vibrant and dynamic women leaders and entrepreneurs. Channel Africa’s Zanele  Jambane attended the conference and complied the following report.


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