Emerging Markets Business Breakfast – EDUTECH Entreprenuers & Investors From South Africa – Finland




The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society’s Emerging Markets Business Breakfast series offers participants an excellent opportunity to discuss with professionals (from across various sectors like health, education, energy, cleantech), decision makers, investors and policy makers.

The theme of the first event for Autumn 2016 is Edutech.

There will be ample time for demo, Q&A, networking and discussion along with coffee and breakfast.

Questions/comments about the event? Contact – Venkata Gandikota – venkata at tnfis dot org

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Presentations will be held by the below speakers. 

Peter Vesterbacka, Co-Founder- Lightneer  

Lightneer is a learning game studio dedicated to creating next generation learning games. Lightneer designs learning games so that, in addition to teaching a lot about amazing topics like physics, new languages, history and whatever else, they stand on their own when compared to the best games of the world. Lightneer’s team and founders are gaming veterans with backgrounds at industry leaders like Rovio, Gameloft, Digital Chocolate and Eidos. Lightneer’s scientific advisors are leaders in their academic fields at institutions such as CERN, Harvard University and the University of Helsinki.

Speakers From South African Team  (4 mins pitch from each of the Entrepreneurs) –

Thokoza Mjo, Beyond the Lemonade Stand (www.btls.co.za) – Training offered to teens interested in learning how to identify business opportunities.

Naeem Ganey, EduTree (www.edutree.co.za) – Provides an application tool designed to improve studies in secondary-school level mathematics.

Kgosi Kgosi, NLT Media (www.roundafire.co.za) – A digital publishing company that creates interactive digital children’s books, exposing children to sufficient content that enables the development of literacy and language skills.

Abed Tau, Tuta-Me (www.tuta-me.co.za) – Tuta-Me (The UBER of tutoring) provides on-demand tutoring services.

Francois Jonker, Cape Town Creative Academy (www.ctca.co.za)– An independent, progressive school of art and design that offers trans-disciplinary degree programmes shaped by the complex demands of the contemporary information economy.

James Lees, Advantage Learn (www.advantagelearn.com) – Education provider currently focused on the secondary education market in South Africa via online and blended learning.

Yandiswa Xhakaza, Akhani Social Development Management (www.akhanidevelopment.co.za) – An education investment company that establishes and acquires well-run and high-potential pre-schools, primary and high schools, as well as colleges.

Jane Nkadimang, Omang Training and Development (www.omangdevelopment.co.za) – Omang Training and Development is an accredited training provider with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and ICT Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA). Provides technology infrastructure for rural communities. Business model allows for corporate partnerships.

Raquel Sorota, Gravitic Solutions (www.graviticsolutions.co.za)– Gravitic Solutions is a tutoring and development company.

Wesley Lynch,Snapplify (www.snapplify.com) – Snapplify is a content and media technology company, focusing on digital content distribution and mobile reading.

Mpho MacChambers, Khula Education Group – The Kula Institute is offering top quality learning qualifications and skills development programmes to persons with disabilities, as well as educators, employers and caretakers of people with special needs.

Nhlanhla Khumalo, Kunoa Consulting – Kunoa focuses on literacy development through the provision of literacy skills, literacy teacher training, as well as access to books for farm schools in rural South Africa.

Investors & Consultants
Dan Brotman Co-Founder – En-novate
Setlogane Manchidi, Head of Corporate Social Investment –Investec
Shaun Mallanna, Corporate Social Investment- Investec
Mbali Maseko, Head of Learning & Development – Investec
Matthew Levings, Indie Village Creative


08:00­-8:25 AM: Breakfast and networking

08:25-­8:35 AM: Opening Remarks (TNFIS/Tekes)

08:35­-08:50 AM: Speaker 1 from Lightneer

08:50­-09:00 AM: Q&A interaction between Speaker 1 and the audience

09:00­-09:50 AM: South African Team (11 entrepreneurs + investors and other staff) pitching their solutions

09:50-­10:10 AM: Q&A interaction between South African team and the audience

10:10-­10:15 AM: Closing Remarks

10:15-­10:30 AM: Networking

10:30 AM: Event Ends