Rapelang Rabana

Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected 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, 2017 – Rapelang is an internationally-lauded technology entrepreneur.

Rapelang Rabana is the Founder of a learning tech startup combining proven learning principles and technology to improve learning outcomes. It enables learning in the flow of work and life through bite-sized, continuous learning for employee-enablement in companies – and student support at universities. Her company was profiled in the McKinsey “Lions go Digital” report as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning. She is also a Partner at private equity firm, Nisela Capital.

From her first startup, straight out of university, Yeigo, to Chief Digital Officer at South Africa’s largest IT company, Rapelang has amassed 15 years’ experience building tech. Amongst other roles, Rapelang also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship, as well as on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Education Trust and Imagine Worldwide. Rapelang regularly speaks at local and international platforms and has shared a stage with the likes of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. 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:

  • Cover ForbesAfrica before 30; Forbes 30 under 30 –
  • Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs;
  • Choiseul 100 Africa;
  • United Nations World Youth Summit Awards Juror;
  • Harambe Entrepreneur, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur;
  • Oprah Magazine O Power List.