• Philosophy


    IGALELO - "Impact" in Zulu - was founded in South Africa in 2016 with the goal to expand economic opportunities for disadvantaged South African communities to participate in a vibrant, inclusive and diverse economy.


    Our 12-month incubation programme leverages social business and inclusive entrepreneurship as powerful tools to address major inequalities and promote social inclusion in the country. We empower underserved communities and turn their talents into sustainable income. We help aspiring entrepreneurs by fostering a widespread entrepreneurial culture within their communities. Our model promotes economic sustainability and long-term positive social and environmental impact through business training and skills development.


  • Impact

    + 3 years

    of opportunity creation, local communities empowerment and development of sustainable projects.

    + 60 entrepreneurs

    who participated in our programme since 2015.

    + 120 workshops

    held since 2015.

    +30 cooperatives

    helped in the Gauteng Province

    Many guests

    from SARS, NYDA, Thundafund, etc. participated to our workshops

  • Our advisors




    After playing an instrumental role is shaping South Africa's startup ecosystem as the Silicon Cape Initiative's MD, Ellen recently launched InnoCircle, a Cape Town-based consulting firm focusing on impact and innovation. She holds an Honour’s Degree in Social Work and Community Development and has extensive experience in small business development, with a focus on social enterprises and technology. Ellen is involved in the mentorship of technology start-ups and volunteers in various community outreach programmes that focus on personal development, digital literacy and increasing employability of marginalized young women.


    Philippi Music Project


    Sibu is the proud founder and director of the Philippi Music Project, an initiative that harnesses the power of music and creativity to achieve a positive impact across Cape Town's townships. Thanks to a professional music recording studio built in a shipping container at the heart of the Philippi Village, the PMP provides quality services and affordable studio time to musicians from the local communities.









    Thato Kgatlhanye is a young South African entrepreneur. While she was only 18, she launched a company producing innovative and eco-school bags from recycled plastic shopping bags. As she was about to start her undergraduate degree, she came up with an idea to help underprivileged pupils who face challenges with their education. Rethaka – literally meaning “we are fellows” – encourages children to attend school and learn effectively. These solar powered schoolbags charge up during the day and transform into a light at night.


    Social entrepreneur


    Luvuyo Madasa is a seasoned professional in the spaces of youth development, social entrepreneurship and transformation advisory. After building career in the conventional corporate environment, he took a leap of faith out of corporate to focus on his passion for people, youth and South Africa as a country. He has since played instrumental roles in projects and initiatives that resulted in invitations to deliver position papers; serve on various panel discussions and give public addresses both locally and internationally on the importance of intergenerational discourse; cultivating a culture of innovation and strategically aligning youth empowerment to establishing future markets. He proud to have his work recognised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, One Young World, Brand South Africa and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

    Luvuyo is currently the Executive Director of ReimagineSA - an NPC focused on helping everyone living in South Africa experience Ubuntu by enabling and connecting people, initiatives and institutions making progressive strides towards making our country a globally competitive nation.






    Nonhlanhla Joye, also known as “Ma’ Joye”, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014; as a result, she could not work to provide food for her family. She decided to grow organic vegetables in her backyard and came up with a solution to protect them from external threats: a growing system using diversified plastic bags going to the landfills as growing bags. Baptized Umgibe, her solution also helps saving water. Umgibe is also a platform where poor communities can start growing vegetables to feed themselves and collectively sell their surplus produce.








    Solly Moeng is an experienced holistic brand manager and media professional with specialisation in Strategic Communications, PR and Media Relations. The first part of his career was spent in the tourism industry, where he had the opportunity to work from Canada, the United States and France. He is now the founder and managing director of DonValley, a new-age, boutique brand management agency. Solly is also the convenor of the SA Brand Summit.





    Nola Mashaba worked for CNBC Africa where she headed up the marketing division for CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa magazine, following a distinguished career in advertising and brand marketing with over 10 years of experience. She now works as the managing director of the Shamandu Group, a full service marketing media consultancy & digital business firm.




    Village Market


    Portia Morudi moved into the world of bee farming and honey production initially, driven by a passion to use her knowledge and expertise in bee keeping to assist local economic development and food security challenges. The Village Market SA identifies and trains villages in sustainable beekeeping and nature conservation and aid them with setting up beekeeping initiatives. The resulting honey, vegetables and derivative products such as skin care products are then sold to consumers.