About Rapelang Rabana
Founder Rekindle Learning
Rapelang Rabana, epitomises the new global generation of ingenious business intellectuals, who are able to influence how the future world works. Rapelang was selected as an Endeavour ‘high-impact’ Entrepreneur in 2007, a global non-profit organisation that identifies and supports innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 2010, Rapelang was the youngest Grand Juror selected among industry experts across the world, for the United Nations’ World Summit Awards for M-Content that assessed over 400 mobile content applications from 100 UN member states. She has also been appointed as an Ambassador for the United Nations’ World Youth Summit Awards that recognize outstanding youth-led initiatives using innovative technology to address the Millenium Development Goals.
Rapelang has been featured on radio, TV and numerous publications including CNBC Africa, Summit TV, Financial Mail, Finance Week, Leadership, Brainstorm, Destiny, Oprah, Sunday Times, The Star, and Business Report among others. She is without doubt, as the Mail & Guardian newspaper suggested, one of the top 100 young people you must have lunch with.
Rapelang entrepreneurial journey was launched when she co-founded Yeigo, an innovative startup that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications, straight after university. She serves as Chairperson for Moro Group, and ICT and payment services group headquartered in Botswana as well as Generation Ubuntu, an NGO providing lifesaving holistic care to children living with HIV. She also sits on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Software and Society as well as Global Knowledge Network Advisory
Board that oversees all councils and think tanks of the Forum. Rapelang is a seasoned technology entrepreneur who founded learning technology company Rekindle Learning, on the belief that every person should be able to develop themselves and demonstrate competence at school and work. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey report “Lions go Digital” as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning.
Rapelang who matriculated from Roedean School 2001 as Deputy Headgirl with7 distinctions, credits her perseverance and multi-tasking abilities to the levels of excellence and richness of variety she was exposed to during her six years at the school. After a distinctive university life, Rapelang graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor in Business Science Degree (Computer Science Honours) from the University of Cape Town. Rapelang became an entrepreneur and co-founded Yeigo Communications – a Technology Top 100 company – immediately after completely her studies, out of a belief that the most powerful way to create value is not by joining a corporate, but by developing innovative products that will influence how the world works and in this way, positioning oneself on the path of quantum growth.