Brightest Young Minds

Brightest Young Minds identifies, connects and mobilises young leaders from across Africa to drive sustainable change.

The problem we aim to solve:

BYM’s vision is to inspire and mobilise each member of its community to make a positive change in South Africa and the world, according to their unique strengths and interests. We want to engender a young generation of leaders willing to manifest the development goals of South Africa and Africa.

The solution our project offers:

We look for go-getters between 20 and 35 who are African or living in an African country that have demonstrated their commitment to positive social change through their actions. We invite these young leaders to an annual summit & act on solving challenges through the lens of positive social change.

The impact our project had so far:

Many of BYM’s alumni have become leaders in their fields, disruptors in their industries and global change-makers.


Who is behind this project?

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About the project

“You BYM engender this very positive image about our young people. We must really stop presenting our young people as victims but as leaders, and you are doing that exceptionally well.”

Dr Thabane Vincent Maphai

BYM was founded in 2000 with the vision to create a platform that showcased the potential of South Africa’s brightest young minds in order to fast track their development for the benefit of country from an economic, political and human rights perspective.

Initially BYM only offered a Summit. The week-long experience bridged the gap between students and the professional world, encouraged students to share ideas amongst inspiring peers and allowed partner companies to pose specific challenges facing their businesses to a group of bright, young South Africans.

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