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Finalist: Rapelang Rabana

Internationally Renowned Tech Entrepreneur. Founder and Chairperson - Rekindle Learning.


From her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer at South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang is now the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as Rekindle Digital, focusing on extracting tangible business value from digital transformation.


Internationally Renowned Tech Entrepreneur. Thought Leader. Speaker.

Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, chosen as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum - Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.


See digital technology through the eyes of a practical, hands-on innovator - from her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer of South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang is truly a digital native. She reverse-engineers her 15+ years of experience in building tech companies, to unpack all things digital in a meaningful way. She is the Founder of Rekindle Learning, which enables people to adapt to the changing world of work, as well as Rekindle Digital, focusing on extracting tangible business value from digital transformation.


Rekindle Learning enhances employee engagement through learning in the flow of work and life using bite-sized, continuous learning across areas such as sales, digital skills, compliance. The startup was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a ‘striking innovation’ in learning. Rekindle Digital makes digital real by filling the gap between strategy and execution using the best of business strategy, design thinking, lean startup and growth hacking to rapidly unlock value.




Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves on the Boards of African Leadership University, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Education Trust and Imagine Worldwide. Rapelang has spoken at over 200 occasions on local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.


Educational Background/Qualifications:

She obtained B. Business Science (Computer Science Honours) and an M.Sc from the University of Cape Town, giving her a technical and business background. She has since believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology.


Recipient, honours and awards:

Young Global Leader; Cover ForbesAfrica before 30; Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs; Fast Company Maverick; Choiseul 100 Africa; World Summit Awards Juror; Harambe Entrepreneur, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur; Oprah Mag O Power List.


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