23 February | LaunchLab Talk |Changing Lives Through Technology, Accessibility, Empowerment And Education


Date: 23/02/2017
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Event Info

LaunchLab invites you to attend the next LaunchLab Talk, Changing lives through Technology, Accessibility, Empowerment And Education with guest speaker, Luvuyo Rani.


Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, Luvuyo Rani came to Cape Town in 1996 to get a tertiary education and pursue a career in teaching. The entrepreneurial seed was always present, however, as Rani had looked up to his self-employed mother from a young age. After graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Commercial Education, and a B Tech in Commercial Education a few years later, Rani started teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at a Khayelitsha high school while continuing to study a B Tech in Business Administration.


After three years, however, he decided to take a risk and resign, and shortly afterwards he started his business – Silulo Ulutho Technologies – with his brother Lonwabo in 2004. Silulo Ulutho Technologies started out by selling refurbished computers and soon expanded to basic IT training and writing business profiles and plans for local businesses. In the school’s 7 years, 20 000 students completed the 6-month course and this year 1500 people have already enrolled. And again, Rani and his partners are struggling to keep up with demand.


In 2006, Rani was looking to improve his own skills and attended the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) on a full Institute of Directors (IoD) bursary to add some concrete business know-how to his natural entrepreneurial flair. He maintains that the Associate in Management (AIM) course prepared him to grow his business with confidence.


In 2014, Luvuyo was honoured by the Junior Chamber International as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the world for his work in entrepreneurship. This accolade could not have come at a better time as Silulo celebrated its 10 years of changing lives through technology. “We know that there is a hunger for technology in townships and we want to feed this demand,” he adds. “My business partners and I have a vision that will see us opening up Silulo centres in every township and rural area in South Africa”.  In 2016, Luvuyo was named as the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, and attended the World Economic Forum in Kigali, Rwanda in June to receive the award.


Join our talk where Luvuyo will share his learnings from his entrepreneurial journey and critical tips to advise along the way from an entrepreneur’s perspective.


The talk will be followed by a drinks and a networking session.

We look forward to welcoming you at LaunchLab.



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