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The South Africa Chapter is made up of ANDE members who are actively working to support small and growing businesses (SGBs) throughout South Africa. Participating organizations work together on regionally specific initiatives and collaborate to promote a healthy ecosystem for South African SGBs.
Members benefit from the opportunity to network and learn from other like-minded organizations in the network and region. The chapter continuously engages with South African centers of influence and stakeholders to keep abreast of the challenges, progress, and state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Africa to act as an advocate and neutral convener for the sector.
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What we do
Ecosystem map: In October 2014 ANDE South Africa mapped 214 support organisations in the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem to identify the main finance, capacity development and ecosystem support as well as gaps and opportunities. See our interactive infographic here.
*Please note: this is a living document and we welcome your feedback. Kindly email Lisa van Eck with suggested amendments or additions.
Strengthening the Ecosystem for Edupreneurs in South Africa: Findings from a Roundtable Discussion: In March 2015, the ANDE South Africa chapter brought together just over 30 participants involved in the education entrepreneurship ecosystem including public and private funders, capacity development providers, academics and edupreneurs for a full-day roundtable discussion in Johannesburg to flesh out challenges and opportunities faced by edupreneurs in South Africa and to come up with collaborative actions to strengthen the ecosystem. The discussion, which covered five topics from Access to Finance to Infrastructure and Enabling Technologies, focused on direct instruction models (predominantly Low Fee Private Schools) and EdTech entrepreneurs. Findings and Ideas for Action from the discussion are summarized here.
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ANDE Members Active in South Africa
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A Steering Committee, consisting of senior representatives of local ANDE members, convenes once a quarter to discuss and advise on key aspects concerning the Chapter's strategy and performance. The operations of the Chapter are led by Lisa van Eck and Michelle Yorke.
Strategic Development Manager: Michelle Yorke
Michelle joined ANDE in July 2016 to assist with Strategic Development of the South African chapter. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategy, consulting and advising in the social investment space. She has spent the past 13 years specifically dedicated to Corporate Social Investment (CSI), during which she founded CSI Solutions, a specialist CSI consultancy. Michelle developed The CSR Library, a resource platform for CSR practitioners, predominantly in Southern Africa. She also initiated and led CSI Connect, a network for developing CSI knowledge and sharing best practices and case studies among practitioners in Africa. Her experience spans from setting up CSI processes, procedures, and strategies to evaluating project impact. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Regional Chapter Coordinator: Lisa van Eck
Lisa joined ANDE in 2014. Her passion for South Africa's socio-economic development led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Rhodes University in South Africa. She went on to obtain an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centered on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies. During an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading development economics consultancy in Johannesburg she assisted a team commissioned to design a foundation for a top South African insurer. Her focus on social enterprise has been complementary to ANDE's efforts to strengthen the Small and Growing Business ecosystem in South Africa.
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