The Motsepe Foundation, in partnership with the Schwab Foundation, hosted this year’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards in Kigali. The Rwandan city has grown to set a benchmark in its entrepreneurial and environmental efforts.
Key attendees included Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe; Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda; Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; and Dr Tshepo Motsepe, wife to Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The anticipated event was hosted by the masters of ceremony; Adrian Monck, the Head of Public Engagement and Foundations at the World Economic Forum; Christoph von Toggenburg, the Community Lead Schwab Foundation and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.
The event was held to honour the African recipients of the SEOY Award: Tracey Chambers and Tracey Gilmore, the founders of The Clothing Bank; and Luvuyo Rani, the founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. All three founders represented South Africa among an accomplished roster of entrepreneurs stretching from Morocco, the USA and France.
On a mission to push social entrepreneurial enterprises to address key issues affecting the planet, the Motsepe Foundation and the Schwab Foundation collaborated to identify entrepreneurs who are addressing global issues in a sustainable way, such as agriculture, poverty, education, or access to water.
Social entrepreneurship is proving to be the best solution to addressing such issues while empowering young people to take ownership of the challenges in their own communities.