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The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy is a launchpad for grassroots social entrepreneurs who are making a positive difference in their community. Over the course of 10 days, participants receive inspiration and mentorship, as well as the practical skills and tools needed to take their projects to the next level.
The inaugural Academy was hosted in 2014, followed by a second South African Academy in 2015. It will return this year, with the 2017 Academy taking place from May 18 – 28 2017 in Mamelodi. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter and follow along on social media for news, updates, inspiration, knowledge and stories from this years Academy.

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Academy 2017 Lecturers & Mentors

Every year, we have renowned speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences about social entrepreneurship and change. Here’s a look at some of the lecturers and mentors for the 2017 academy


Adhocrates Collective

Kathi Macheiner and Lilo Krebernik are the adhocrates. A creative duo with family, a passion for illustration, characterdesig, boardsports and urban contemporary art.


Elli Yiannakaris

Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development UCT Graduate School of Business


Gavin Weale

Gavin is an award-winning social entrepreneur and publisher from the UK.


Lucas Radebe

Lucas Radebe is one of South Africa’s greatest ever footballers. He is a sporting icon in South Africa and has achieved a legendary status with his English team Leeds United F.C.


Luvuyo Rani

Luvuyo Rani is both a visionary and an award winning entrepreneur.


Mohammed J. Abuhakmeh

Mohammed J. Abuhakmeh A.K.A Monstariam is a full-time Graphic Designer by day and a graffiti artist by night.


Sihle Tshabalala

Sihle Tshabalala (Co-founder and CEO Quirky 30 NPC and Quirky Innovations PTY/LTD) is an ex-offender.


Siviwe Mbinda

Siviwe Mbinda is a founder of the Non-Profit Organisation called Happy Feet Youth Project, iThuba Innovation Hub, owner of Siviwe Tours and Co-Founder of Vamos Travel.


Thato Kgatlhanye

Thato is a new breed of a business woman in Africa, an international award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker on a mission to inspire others to become intentional about their success.


Thokoza Mjo

An Investment Analyst by profession, Thokoza Mjo believes in an Africa with economically active youth.

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Academy 2017 Social Entrepreneurs

Every Academy a select group of grassroots entrepreneurs get to immerse themselves in 10 days of deep inspiration and mentorship. Here are the 2017 participants


Alison Harris

Alison Harris is based in Cape Town and comes from an advertising agency background.


Buhle Sithela

Buhle Sithela is inspired to bring the experience of going to the cinema to his community.


Ntlahla Nkukwana

Ntlahla Nkukwana is the author of How 2 Take Less Money and Make More with it.


Renshia Manuel

Renshia Manuel started growing her own vegetables and soon realised how many people in her neighbourhood were in need of it too.


Shivad Singh

Shivad Singh knows that the leap from matric to varsity feels like pole-vaulting to many first year students.


Nozipho Zulu

It’s challenging for differently abled young people to find employment after high school, especially when they’re not able to attend universities or colleges.


Palesa Mahlatji

Yakhi’iphupha when translated means ‘building a dream’ which is exactly what its founder, Palesa Mahlatji, intends to do.


Bathabile Mpofu

Bathabile Mpofu is the founder of Nkazimulo Applied Sciences.


Jabulani Dlamini

Jabulani Dlamini is one of the co-founders of Sidingulwazi Holdings Co-Operative Limited, based in Orange Farm.


Moses Kebalapile

Moses Kebalapile has his Masters in Public Health and is currently registered as a PhD student at the University of Pretoria.


Murendeni Mafumo

The founder of Kusini Water, Murendeni Mafumo, will tell you stories about his love for science.


Neo Hutiri

Neo Hutiris is an electrical engineer, based in Johannesburg.


Nhlanhla Ndlovu

Nhlanhla Ndlovu is the founder of HUSTLENOMICS.


Randy Mampuru

Randy Mampuru is based in Johannesburg and the founder of Kidz Hub, an NPO that pairs university students with primary school learners in an effort to share skills.


Thato Mafokoane

Thato Mafokoane is a Mamelodi Initiative volunteer, Sunday School teacher and youth leader based in Johannesburg.


Whitney Jacobs

Whitney Jacobs is the founder of Employ ME South Africa.

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The Amaphiko Magazine

A big part of social entrepreneurship is telling stories. Delve into the inspiring stories on offer on our magazine below.
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