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ANDE SA webinar: What it means to invest early in young lives & inventive ideas during COVID-19
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ANDE SA webinar: What it means to invest early in young lives & inventive ideas during COVID-19

When: 11 June 2020
14:00 - 15:00 SAST
Where: Online - Zoom
Contact: Kingsley Mphahlele

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ANDE SA Webinar: Unpacking what it means to invest early in young lives & inventive ideas during COVID-19
11 June 2020 (14:00 - 15:00 SAST)
Online - Zoom


Early childhood development (ECD) plays a vital role, in preparing children for their future learning. With seven million children under six in South Africa, 65% live in households below the poverty line parents are having to take over the teacher’s role, and there still is no clarity on when they will be back in class. How do we respond to the greatest crisis of our time and what effects has the COVID-19 novel Coronavirus had on the early childhood development sector?

ANDE SA, Innovation Edge and Pathways Outa Poverty invite you to a candid discussion focusing on how the ECD sector requires even more social impact investment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  During this webinar we will unpack Innovation Edge’s recently launched two-million-rand Rapid Response Fund aimed at supporting organisations that are undertaking extraordinary measures, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, to safeguard South African children and their caregivers. We will also hear how Pathways Outa Poverty is helping make an impact in the ECD sector through mentorship and guidance.

When: 11 June 2020
14:00 – 15:00 SAST
Online - Zoom:

Lyndsey Petro, Portfolio Manager, Innovation Edge

Lyndsey is a Portfolio Manager at Innovation Edge. As part of the Portfolio Management Team, Lyndsey works on sourcing and pivoting ideas, incubating investees and strategizing for scale.

She takes investees through a lean, iterative approach to idea and solution design and works in the field supporting customer engagement. She is also exploring the opportunities for Innovation Edge in other parts of Africa and their metrics for impact measurement.

Lyndsey has a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Sociology and Organisational Psychology and a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town (UCT). With a passion for student development, she worked as a Writing Centre consultant and tutor at UCT. She later lectured part-time at UCT and Cornerstone College.

She has worked as an independent research consultant on organisational and programmatic reviews, as an editorial assistant the Southern African Journal of HIV and AIDS and at the Kuyasa Fund, a housing microfinance initiative, as their Research Coordinator.



Guy Harris, Founder, Pathways Outa Poverty

Guy Harris is mentoring a few youth led or focused start-ups/accelerators targeted at limited resource communities. They are building PoP (Pathways outa Poverty) for motivated, mostly NEET, youth not captured by the ganglords or druglords. 

Guy is currently mentoring 6 Lavender Hill ECD centre for Learning and Reach and Chairs and serves on multiple boards, including, Novelquip, UCT Intellectual Property Advisory Committee, Private Equity Advisory Group, Cape BioPharm Board, Red Cross Childrens' Hospital Facility Board, Council of False Bay TVET College and coordinates a national initiative around TVET Entrepreneurship for DHET and USAF. He chairs the false Bay TVET finance committee and serves on their Academic Board and their Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubation.

Guy qualified as a CA(SA) with Hons in 1977. He has a B.Com Hons in Financial Management and attended the AMP at UCT GSB. He has completed a Commercial Mediation course. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of SAICA.

We hope to see you there!