5.4M South African’s are unemployed *. Entrepreneurs and small businesses have the potential to recast this stark reality. According to Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, small businesses currently contribute nearly 50% to our GDP, and offer more than 50% of all
employment opportunities (IDC, 2014).

We can’t rely on government initiatives to do this alone. In 2009, the RAMP Foundation, recognising the need to build a culture of innovation, specifically in the area of technology, launched Africa’s best loved technology and innovation conference, Net Prophet.

Today, the platform consists of a number of initiatives each playing a unique role in the technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Net Prophet, the conference (7 April 2016) will inspire with authentic tales from the trenches. Tactical, hands-on training can be had from world experts at our new half-day workshops, Net Prophet Works, on 8 April 2016. Those who get into to the annual Sparkup! Weekend ProgrammeSparkup!Live. For a monthly injection of Net Prophet magic, join our Net Prophet Fireside chats.

Net Prophet is a registered NPO, any profit made from these events goes to the Net Prophet Fund.

Net Prophet Events 2016


IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. Net Prophet & associated brands fall under our registered Public Benefit Organisation. Any profits generated go into education and the Net Prophet Bursary, which is managed by Partners for Possibility

WE LOVE ALL STARTUPS. Net Prophet do our best to employ the services of SMME’s in all areas of business & empower suppliers where we can.

LET’S PLAY! An essential ingredient to being the best conference experience in Africa is ‘entertainment’. We want everyone involved in our events to get a whole lot energy, light and life from Net Prophet.


INVENTIVE: We champion the South African ‘make a plan’ ethic. Innovative, agile and sometimes unpredictable. Magic!

AUTHENTIC: Keeping it real. We don’t want to promise the moon, but at the same time, we’re optimistic and passionate about what we do (and why we do it). If you have an idea, reach out, we don’t bite.

COLLABORATIVE: We play nice. A believer in the power of collaboration, Net Prophet encourages big and small players to get involved across our initiatives.

SUSTAINABLE: This needs to make business sense, else it’ll fail. Whilst we’re open to sharing and doing what we can to build communities, we do need to stay lean and keep the engine running.



  • Aneesa Cassimjee
    Aneesa CassimjeeRSAWEB, Marketing Manager

    Loves design, yoga and learning. Currently the Creative and Marketing manager at RSAWEB.

  • Chad Findlay
    Chad FindlayChad Findlay, Founder

    Chad has directed and designed large-scale productions and events both in South Africa and abroad, as well as smaller boutique events. He is also a freelance digital designer.

  • Jo Chevalier
    Jo, Founder

    Jo has been involved in organising Net Prophet Sparkup! since 2013. After spending a life changing year studying post-graduate small business management, she decided to find ways to create entrepreneurship facilitating experiences for the cape Town community. She previously organised Startup Weekend events and still today works with the TEDxCapeTown team. Most of the time, however, she identifies as a freelance design and visual communications consultant.

  • Katie Findlay
    Katie FindlayEdgedigital, Founder

    Through Edge Digital I have worked with massive brands such as Edcon’s Jet, Legit and Edgars Club as well as the DHL Stormers, RSAWEB and Pearson Publishing and have been the voice behind big events such as the IAB’s Digital Summit and Bookmark Awards.

  • Lianne du Toit
    Lianne du Toit#GovHackSA, Organiser

    Co Vice Chairperson of Silicon Cape, Lianne is doing her masters in inclusive innovation @UCTGSB. GM of @SiliconCape Co-founder of @GovhackSA @HackonSA @chatcoworking Activist for empowerment & kindness.

  • Mohamed Chohan
    Mohamed ChohanStartupGrind Durban, Director

    The current Managing Director at Startup Grind Durban. Previously he has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from UKZN. He has worked at Smartrac, a Management Consultancy, Black Ticket Creative Bureau, a Brand Consultancy, Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town a Marketing Agency, KPMG and Chohans Spice.

  • Rebecca Maserow
    Rebecca Maserow
  • Rob Gilmour
    Rob GilmourRSAWEB, Managing Director
  • Tracy Gander
    Tracy GanderCreatively, Creative Chief

    Tracy Gander is a Digital Creative Director, with a UX and technology specialisation.

    With nearly two decades in digital media, she has a breadth of knowledge in creative
    strategy, communication, and marketing management – with a user-first
    philosophy at its core.

  • Vashti Derrick
    Vashti DerrickRSAWEB, Executive Assistant

    Vashti has 19 years experience in graphic deign and 3 years as a publisher of a digital magazine. Her new career is as Rob Gilmour & Mark Slingsby (CEO’s of RSAWEB) personal assistant. She loves being around technology and learning new things.