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Please take two minutes to watch embedded video!    QUICKFACTS: Who will benefit:  Sinesipho Klaas, a 22-year-old social entrepreneur primed to create an entrepreneurial revolution in South Africa. What the funds will be used for:  1) $1500 plane flight 2) $2500 tuition shortfall How soon you need the funds:  ASAP, but hard deadline is August 24th, 2018   BOTTOM LINE   A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a young women (that's me!) who has overcome all odds time and time again to incubate her high-impact venture at a prestigious incubator in the U.S. will be missed without your financial support to purchase a $1500 plane flight and cover a $2500 tuition shortfallAugust 24th, 2018 is the deadline to raise the full $4000.   I am so grateful, excited and hungry for this opportunity. I know the time is short and the ask is huge. Please help me overcome all odds once more, and I promise in the years to come, I will enable the same for thousands of disadvantaged girls aspiring to become businesswomen in South Africa.      ABOUT WATSON INSTITUTE    Thirty of the most promising 18-23 year-old changemakers from all around the world (2% acceptance rate) will convene in Boulder, Colorado, USA this Fall for 4 months of intensive venture incubation, networking, and personal development.   Watson is a new learning model tailored for next generation innovators, leaders, and social entrepreneurs. Watson protects the courage of the next generation so they can pioneer their education, trailblaze lives as innovators, and contribute to solving the toughest challenges facing the world.      ABOUT SINESIPHO KLAAS    Please take two minutes to watch embedded video! It will speak volumes as compared to what I could ever write”and will save you time :) But if you prefer to read:   I am a social entrepreneur from Khayelitsha, South Africa, an informal township (a overcrowded low-income district) of 2.4 million population with extreme poverty, crime, unemployment and limited opportunities. However, I always dreamed big and wanted to be a positive contributor in developing myself and my community.   I was introduced to Entrepreneurship in high school by my Business Studies teacher who nominated me to join Junior Achievement South Africa”a youth enterprise development programme. Through this exposure and training I then pursued my studies in Entrepreneurship at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology .    Both the training and course challenged me to think critically and sparked my passion for social impact and business development. Through the success of these I have  became a contributing member of my community through my own co-founded initiatives:    • Girls in Business Network • Isigodi Co-working Hub    Both ventures address the lack of entrepreneurial activity and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset for female entrepreneurs in South African townships and rural spaces. Through these initiatives I have provided business support, access to resources and conducive co-working space”all essential in enabling female entrepreneurs  to thrive.     After university, I worked a management-level position as Programme Coordinator for the Switch Social Entrepreneurship Programme under World Bank-funded NGO Activate! Change Drivers ”a network of more than 2500 young South Africans who are equipped to drive meaningful change for public good.    As Programme Coordinator, I have administered and facilitated  entrepreneurial skills to over 60 young aspiring social entrepreneurs who are at the concept phase of their social initiatives”a phase I prefer to call "pre-incubation," giving grassroots entrepreneurs fundamental knowledge to begin engaging with the business world.    It is also notable to mention my involvement in the ONE DAY LEADER competition on SABC1 (South African National TV programme with millions of viewers), where I made it to the top 45 of South Africa's best young leaders. Recently, I was selected to attend the LEAP SUMMIT in Croatia joining 3000 other changemakers spanning 30 countries for a weeklong programme in which I built a personal relationship with Andrej Hanzir, the Summit's founder and Head of Innovation.    With the quest  to  acquire more knowledge in the field of social entrepreneurship at Watson, my aim is to continue being a social change agent and equipping other grassroots entrepreneurs who lack access and support to thrive and be sustainable. The funds will be used for my travel to the US and tuition needed by 24 August 2018. Kindly assist me in getting to Watson so I can realize my dream for a better world! Any contributions and support are greatly appreciated :)


  • Jun 21, 2018 - USD $ 23.09
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Sinesipho Klaas - From Khayelitsha to the world

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I have been admitted to study at at Watson Institute - an incubator for young social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. I will be participating in the program in Florida starting in August and I would be honored if you would be part of this journey.