Technology & Innovation
Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30 and named ‘Entrepreneur for the World 2014’ by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Rapelang is an internationally lauded technology entrepreneur.
She is the founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning, a dynamic learning tech company that provides educational and performance support tools that improve learning efficiency and reduce time to competency.
Rapelang’s curious mind has always questioned how the world works, even as a youngster she believed that there had to be a better, simpler and more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology! As a speaker, she takes this message across the globe and her innovative thinking has contributed to many changes in the way organisations adapt and thrive in the new world of work
Inside Innovation & Intrapreneurship
Rapelang has been a technology entrepreneur for over 10 years with a Bachelor of Business Science (Computer Science) degree from the University of Cape Town. She founded learning technology company Rekindle Learning to challenge the existing norms within (largely ineffective) organisational and academic learning. Rekindle Learning’s work explores the role of technology and the latest learning pedagogies to ensure that learning actually happens and knowledge is built up; significantly increasing recall, building capabilities, reducing time to competency and creating value within organisations. As Chairperson of the Standard Chartered Botswana Education Trust, she is pioneering the role of private sector in creating sustainable social impact in education and skills development.
She has wide exposure to all things tech, from telecoms through her first startup, Yeigo; to fintech as a board member for Moro Group, an ICT and payment services group headquartered in Botswana; to green tech as a board member for Meniko Records Management Services, a digital records & document management company; to trend analysis a part of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Software and Society.
Rapelang was selected as an ‘Entrepreneur for the World 2014’ by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and an Endeavor ‘high-impact’ entrepreneur. She has been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and the Oprah Magazine ‘O Power List’. Rapelang is also an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Summit Awards.
Rapelang regularly speaks at international and local conferences and events and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prof Mohammed Yunus of Grameen Bank. She has spoken for thought-leading organisations such as Gartner IT Symposium, Internetix, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Switzerland), World Economic Forum Meeting of New Champions (Tianjin, China) and regional World Economic Forum on Africa, London Business School (London), Wits Business School, UCT Business School, and ITC World Export Development Forum (Indonesia) Development Policy Forum Annual Summit (Brussels), as well as corporates such as Barclays (London), Naspers (Amsterdam), Abraaj (Istanbul), ANDI (Colombia), Nedbank, Allan Gray, and Dimesion Data. She has been featured in most major print publications and business TV broadcasters in South Africa, and several globally.
Using Technology to Build Human Capacity
Rapelang’s entrepreneurial journey started just after university when she co-founded Yeigo, an innovative startup that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. Rapelang is also the founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning, a dynamic learning tech company that provides educational and performance support tools that improve learning efficiency and reduce time to competency. Rekindle Learning has also enjoyed remarkable success, when in 2014 it was profiled in the McKinsey Lions go Digital report as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning.
“Rapelang, thank you for attending our 19th Graduation Ceremony and for sharing your remarkable journey of success. The audience enjoyed your riveting speech immensely and the alumni continue to congratulate the institution for having excellent graduation speakers. I believe through your example and message our graduates will be more cognisant of the impact of their choices and decisions after university and act accordingly. Your esteemed wisdom and insightful thoughts shared with us remain highly inspirational, and your passion and vision for education and innovation are also highly appreciated by the Polytechnic community.’
Rector, Polytechnic of Namibia
“…It goes without saying that we were very impressed by your professionalism and attention to detail, which made working with you very easy. The content and style of your presentation was fantastic. Based on attendee feedback, our audience of banking and finance professional were inspired by your achievements, felt educated by your knowledge and impressed & motivated by your energy and dynamism. We couldn’t have asked for a better speaker to showcase the dynamic, innovative, positive future that we see for Africa. For us it was mission accomplished! We (CAN-Africa Forum at Barclays) are very excited about working with you in the future.”
Director, Barclays London