ShapeShifter

Digital innovation for Africa! Meet the CEO of Joburg's Tshimologong Precinct...

The ultimate intention of Tshimologong is to create world-class technology… As Africans, we need to go beyond being consumers…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

...We want the great techies and help them commercialise…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

Named after the Setswana word for "new beginnings", the Tshimologong Precinct is a collaborative working environment aiming to connect like-minded people so as to enhance digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

It is situated in Braamfontein (Johannesburg).

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Tshimologong Precinct CEO Lesley Donna Williams for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Donna Williams has almost two decades of experience in the so-called “Impact Economy”.

She founded Impact Hub Johannesburg in 2010, the first one in Africa and now one of over 100 Impact Hubs in major cities around the world.

Impact Hub is a co-working space and accelerator for social innovation and profitable social ventures.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Impact Hub is alive, and well…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

IBM wants to interact with what’s happening in the city… They bring the tech and they bring [supercomputer] Watson… It’s one of the most accessible research labs they have in the world.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

South Africa has sufficient infrastructure to connect with First World Markets, but we have enough problems to connect with the rest of the developing world.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

There’s a shortage of 30 000 animators, globally.

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

I encourage my team to have side gigs… We have exit points in our incubator… Fail fast, and go get yourself a job…

Lesley Donna Williams, Tshimologong Precinct

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