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South Africa

The South Africa Chapter is made up of ANDE members who are actively working to support small and growing businesses (SGBs) throughout South Africa. Participating organizations work together on regionally specific initiatives and collaborate to promote a healthy ecosystem for South African SGBs.

Members benefit from the opportunity to network and learn from other like-minded organizations in the network and region. The chapter continuously engages with South African centers of influence and stakeholders to keep abreast of the challenges, progress, and state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Africa to act as an advocate and neutral convener for the sector. 

If you would like more information on the South Africa chapter, please contact Lisa van Eck, Kingsley Mphahlele, or Michelle Yorke.

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 What we do

Knowledge production

Just launched: A Knowledge Brief of South Africa's Incubator and Accelerator Landscape

The South African Business Development Services Provider (BDSP) space is active and growing. In an effort to deepen understanding of the incubator and accelerator landscape in South Africa, ANDE hosted a series of breakfast roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017 and 2018. Discussions focused on gathering qualitative information regarding key activities and services, programme structure and funding sources, as well as challenges and opportunities faced by BDSPs. This document presents an overview of the key findings from the roundtables and provides recommendations for further research. Read the report now. 



Ecosystem maps: ANDE South Africa has mapped entrepreneurial support organisations in the South African ecosystem to identify the main financial, capacity development, other gaps and opportunities. 

Click here for the 2017 map. 

Want to compare across time? Find the 2014 infographic here

*Please note: the latest map is a living document and we welcome your feedback. Kindly email Kingsley Mphahlele with suggested amendments or additions. 



ANDE SA Gauteng Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot: The South Africa chapter is conducting a snapshot of entrepreneurial support available for small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Gauteng, South Africa. This will help ecosystem players and policy makers identify gaps and opportunities in Gauteng's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

To complete the survey click here >

To watch the information session recording, click here >

Research partnerships

ANDE and our partners disseminate research projects on key entrepreneurship related issues. We work with members and non-members for these kinds of projects. 

Incubator and Accelerator Roundtables
As part of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), the South Africa chapter convened four roundtables in Johannesburg and Cape Town with approximately 30 incubator and accelerator professionals in attendance at each roundtable. The topics included definitions of incubation and acceleration, identifying challenges and opportunities in the ecosystem as well as understanding program characteristics, commonalities, and differences. The South Africa team is currently compiling a knowledge brief from the roundtable discussions, which will be made available in May 2018.

Strengthening the Ecosystem for Edupreneurs in South Africa: Findings from a Roundtable Discussion
In March 2015, the ANDE South Africa chapter brought together just over 30 participants involved in the education entrepreneurship ecosystem including public and private funders, capacity development providers, academics and edupreneurs for a full-day roundtable discussion in Johannesburg to flesh out challenges and opportunities faced by edupreneurs in South Africa and to come up with collaborative actions to strengthen the ecosystem. Findings and Ideas for Action from the discussion are summarized here.

Events and meetings

  • Chapter meetings: ANDE South Africa hosts regular meetings in Johannesburg and Cape Town that offer members and prospective members the opportunity to network, receive updates, and showcase their work.
  • Sector events and roundtables: The South Africa Chapter holds sector specific events that gather and connect relevant stakeholders to flesh out challenges, generate ideas, and create opportunities to put ideas into action. In 2018, the chapter will convene roundtables focused on incubation and acceleration, impact investing, and corporate partnerships.

  •  Networking Opportunities: The chapter provides informal networking opportunities after sector events. These create opportunities to forge new partnerships or promote specific projects and initiatives.

  • ANDE global Learning Labs, webinars and sector calls: In addition to in person opportunities, ANDE South Africa hosts online seminars and calls with specialists, entrepreneurs, researchers and other actors to discuss topics related to ANDE’s Learning Labs. ANDE members can participate in these Learning Labs through our member portal. 
  • South Africa Metrics Learning Lab: Through this learning lab, we aim to build the capacity of ANDE members to help the SGBs they work with to measure their social and environmental performance. A variety of global and local tools, methodologies, and challenges will be discussed during these working sessions, with funding available for collaborative projects.
    Register for the learning lab here.
  • Launch events: The chapter can help disseminate and/or coordinate the launch of a member’s research, report or project, when it is relevant to the broader membership and sector.
  • Conferences: The chapter partners on, organizes, participates in, and attends various conferences throughout the year, remaining at the forefront of the conversation around entrepreneurship.
  • Happy Hours: The chapter hosts regular informal networking events at trendy South African venues for members to network and create partnerships. 

Communications and opportunity sharing

  • Quarterly Newsletter and Regular Chapter Updates: A summary of opportunities and news related to ANDE members and to the SGB sector in general. Members are encouraged to use this platform to share information regarding action items, new reports and funding or partnership opportunities.  Find the South Africa newsletter archives here

  • Chapter portal and blog: a platform for chapter staff and members to share views and updates on current issues or events. 

  • Twitter handle: @ANDE_ZA

Current and Upcoming Projects

  • Mapping the South Africa entrepreneurial ecosystem 

  • Organizing partner of the Southern African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) Conference

  • ANDE South Africa Metrics Learning Lab is an in-person meeting hosted to help build the capacity of members working to support SGBs in South Africa to measure their social and environmental performance. To register, click here.

  • State of the Sector report Dinner and Quiz: The South Africa chapter hosts an annual dinner and quiz evening to launch the SOTS report in SA. The launch is attended by key industry professionals and provides members the opportunity to speak about their own industry reports.

  • For upcoming events, click here


ANDE Members Active in South Africa

Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in South Africa. 


A Steering Committee consisting of senior representatives of local ANDE members, convenes once a quarter to discuss and advise on key aspects concerning the Chapter's strategy and performance. The operations of the Chapter are led by Michelle Yorke, Lisa Van Eck, and Kingsley Mphahlele. 
Senior Regional Chapter Manager, South Africa: Michelle Yorke

Michelle joined ANDE in July 2016 to assist with strategic development of the South African chapter. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategy, consulting and advising in the social investment space. She has spent the past 13 years specifically dedicated to Corporate Social Investment (CSI), during which she founded CSI Solutions, a specialist CSI consultancy. Michelle developed The CSR Library, a resource platform for CSR practitioners, predominantly in Southern Africa. She also initiated and led CSI Connect, a network for developing CSI knowledge and sharing best practices and case studies among practitioners in Africa. Her experience spans from setting up CSI processes, procedures, and strategies to evaluating project impact. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).  

Regional Chapter Senior Program Associate, South Africa: Lisa van Eck

Lisa joined ANDE in 2014. Her passion for South Africa's socio-economic development led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Rhodes University in South Africa. She went on to obtain an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centered on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies. During an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading development economics consultancy in Johannesburg she assisted a team commissioned to design a foundation for a top South African insurer. Her focus on social enterprise has been complementary to ANDE's efforts to strengthen the Small and Growing Business ecosystem in South Africa.


Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, South Africa: Kingsley Mphahlele


Kingsley joined ANDE in August 2016 as the South Africa Intern. His fascination with entrepreneurship led him to pursue a Diploma in Entrepreneurship and later attained a BCom Honours Strategic Management degree from the University of Johannesburg. As a student, he ran a small transport business and conducted a minor research paper on the apathy among South African youth towards entrepreneurship. He has experience in Public Relations as a Media Analyst from QuickPic, a leading PR firm in the South African Motor industry. He also has Marketing experience as a Senior Promoter for Offlimit Communications, an award-winning BTL/Experiential agency in South Africa.


Steering Committee Members:

Heather Jackson, Ashburton Investments (Chair) 

Heather Jackson has over 25 years investment management experience, mostly heading up fixed income teams at African Harvest, Prudential and Investec asset managers. For the past 10 years she has carved out a new role as an Impact Investor and is currently head of Impact Investing at Ashburton Investments, the asset management division of the FirstRand Group.  The Impact Team has a track record of collaborating successfully with government and other DFI’s to blend high social impact with strong commercial returns thereby developing tremendously scalable solutions that tackle many social backlogs such as sustainable job creation.  In addition, she serves on a number of industry bodies, chairing theASISA committee on Responsible Investing, contributing to national and international sustainable finance and impact initiatives and is the current chair of the ANDE SA chapter. 

  • Jenny Everett, ANDE
  • Mishkah Jakoet, Genesis Analytics
  • Lana Lovasic, Impact Hub
  • Rethabile Melamu, The Innovation Hub
  • Shawn Theunissen, Property Point
  • Marnix van Holland, Hivos
  • Andrea Warriner, African Management Initiative 
  • Catherine Wijnberg, Fetola