Tshwane Hub Global Shapers Community is proud to have a representative from its very own community attending the Shape Africa event at the end of October. Niel Wyma has a background in Entrepreneurship Development and Investments and will be traveling to Addis Ababa to converse with young leaders across Africa.
From a young age, Niel started off as a serial entrepreneur for extra pocket money while saving up for varsity. During varsity, he served on the leadership of the university’s Reach and Give (RAG) committee, managing the fundraising and sponsorships portfolio. After obtaining his Honours degree in Risk Management at Potch University, Niel moved to Johannesburg and later joined the Tshwane Hub Global Shapers Community.
Niel combines his passions for people, business and deal making to empower the future business leaders of Africa. He has led the implementation of bespoke investment funds that empower young professionals to acquire shareholdings in market-leading SMEs or fuel the growth of their own companies. He will pursue his MBA at INSEAD in 2018 as Nelson Mandela scholarship recipient.
In 2018 he will be expanding his horizons abroad, by doing his M.B.A. at Insead Business School.
After learning about the Shape Africa event, Niel identified the trip as a great opportunity to showcase the Tshwane Hub, current Awethu projects and entrepreneurship in South Africa. Niel approached SAB to leverage off the relationship established through an entrepreneurship program he collaborated on in the past. He pitched the opportunity to explore Addis as well as posed it as value for him to speak about the SAB Entrepreneurship Program. Niel was able to land himself, not only funding for the trip to Shape Africa, but a spot in a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship. “Niel has surely put Tshwane Hub on the map!”
Niel is excited and thankful to SAB for this opportunity. “The key theme of Shape Africa is sharing our stories. I know this will be a great opportunity to hear and learn how others across the continent are using the entrepreneurship space, especially in the current economic climate!”
We know that Niel will hold the Tshwane Hub Global Shaper Community flag high (he is 2 meters tall after all) and we look forward to his feedback and possible ideas for new Hub projects.
Written By: Michelle Burger