BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.