"Becoming an entrepreneur marked the end of
life by default and the start of intentional living."




Young Global Leader
World Economic Forum


15 Women Changing the World in 2015
World Economic Forum


Entrepreneur for the World - Youth Category
World Entrepreneurship Forum

Global Agenda Council - Future of Software in Society
World Economic Forum


Founded Rekindle Learning

20 Young Power Women in Africa
Forbes Africa

Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa with Wendy Ackerman

Selected as Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate


Invited to World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos
World Economic Forum

30 under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs
Forbes Africa

O Power List
Oprah Magazine South Africa


Selected as a Global Shaper
World Economic Forum


Ambassador and Juror
United Nations World Summit Awards


Yeigo acquired by Telfree


Selected as Endeavour Entrepreneur


Co-founded Yeigo

Where it all started

While studying Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, Rapelang discovered the wide range of solutions provided by technology in solving long standing problems both in her life and in the world at large. 'Technology is what allows us to put our values into practice. Access to knowledge, information, education, to other people and opportunities - the ways in which technology can be used to make an impact are endless. Using technology to bring about inspirational change is my life.'

Rapelang’s journey began in 2006 as part of the founding team of Yeigo, an innovative Cape Town based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. The group of UCT graduates created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies. Yeigo was acquired by the Telfree Group in 2009. This formative entrepreneurial experience affirmed her belief that mobile and internet technology will play a pivotal role in addressing major socio-economic issues in Africa.

Doing it again

In 2013, Rapelang took the next step in her entrepreneurial journey by founding learning technology company Rekindle Learning. The company provides digital learning experiences, that improve learning efficiencies in order to deliver stronger performance both at school and work. Cognisant of the opportunities afforded to her through education, Rapelang is passionately committed to the goal of aiding Africa's economic growth through upskilling Africa’s next generation.

Rapelang Rabana Entrepreneur for the World Prize World Entrepreneurship Forum

A serial entrepreneur on an extraordinary journey, Rapelang was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and all before the age of 30. In 2017, Rapelang was among the 100 distinguished leaders, under the age of 40, selected from around the world as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Leading with success

Rapelang’s experience and achievements have established her as a thought leader in the areas of learning technology, entrepreneurship and the impact of self-discovery in understanding how we live our lives. A sought-after international speaker - audiences are inspired by her life’s story, her insightfully researched personal and professional solutions as well as her humble charm despite her growing influence.

Donning many hats, Rapelang has wide exposure to tech, business and leadership from telecoms through her first startup, Yeigo, to fintech as a board member for Moro Group (an ICT and payment services group headquartered in Botswana), to social innovation as an Advisor to Project Literacy (a Pearson initiative to reduce illiteracy around the world), to green tech as a board member for Meniko Records Management Services (a digital records & document management company), to the role of private sector in creating self-sustaining social impact as a Chairperson of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank’s Education Trust in Botswana, to trend analysis as part of World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She is sought after as a speaker in addressing thought-leading organisations the world over and has shared the stage with the likes of President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and Professor Mohammed Yunus of Grameen Bank.

WEF Davos panel

Rekindle Learning

Rekindle Learning provides learning and performance based support tools that improve learning efficiency and reduce time to competency thereby ensuring higher workforce productivity and, ultimately, improving the employability of more young people. Millions of youths leave school unable to find work and that number continues to grow. At the same time, businesses are faced with a shortage of employable individuals with appropriate skills and talent. In order for Africa to turn its youth dividend into productive value, we must leapfrog the traditional skills building process. We must go beyond providing access to learning material and fundamentally change the way we assimilate knowledge and build competence.

Rekindle Learning was presented at the World Economic Forum Meeting on Africa and was profiled in the McKinsey report Lions go Digital as a ‘striking innovation’ in mobile learning.
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English Word Power
English Word Power

Rekindle Learning has launched an online bridging programme - English Word Power - for matriculants, university students and young professionals to develop their English language skills and reach the proficiency levels required to tackle both higher education and the professional environment. Recent unrest in South African tertiary institutions has highlighted the need for higher education and economic opportunities to become more inclusive. Achieving language equity is fundamental to this goal.

Nisela Capital
Nisela Capital is a Sub-Saharan Africa based asset management, private equity and advisory firm covering a wide range of sectors. Having served for many years as a board member of Nisela Capital, in November 2016 Rapelang became a Partner and Executive Director of the company. Nisela Capital seeks to establish a dominant black industrialist group, and in addition the company is raising its first private equity fund.