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.
+ 3 YEARS
of opportunity creation, local communities empowerment and development of sustainable projects.
+ 180 ENTREPRENEURS
who participated in our programme since 2015.
+ 120 WORKSHOPS
held since 2015.
helped in the Gauteng Province
from SARS, NYDA, Thundafund, etc. participated to our workshops
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luvuyo Madasa is a social entrepreneur and consultant. He manages Tyathumzi Advisory, an agency which works on youth empowerment and Corporate Social Responsibility programs. He is involved in a number of South African initiatives focused on education (Skew Circle, Legacy Project, One Young World, Drop the Why, Play Your Part), and in various townships in South Africa, including Claremont in Durban and Soweto in Johannesburg.
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.