RLabs acknowledged by Ashoka

RLabs founder, Marlon Parker, was officially inducted as an Ashoka Fellow last night. This acknowledgement by Ashoka is a true validation of the work by RLabs in changing communities in tension. Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice […]

RLabsU: Taking skills training to the communities

Today RLabs launched an exciting new initiative called RLabsU providing access to various skills programmes to community members. RLabsU Hubs leverages existing community assets to host the training programmes through its “Academy in a Box model”   RLabsU champions in Khayelitsha (left) and Gugulethu (right) The two RLabsU hubs launched today are based in Khayelitsha and […]

GoVarsity shines in Europe

One of the RLabs alumni start-ups, GoVarsity, have been selected by ED Tech in Europe to share their insights on helping more young people from disadvantaged communities to access higher education and the role of technology in education. GoVarsity, the 2013 Innovate Cape Winner, has been making good progress in connecting young people to learning opportunities […]

Maximizing Social Innovation to transform communities

“All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King Jr. Africa presents such a rich opportunity for innovations that can transform society and catapult communities into meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  More than ever before the adoption of mobile technology and the decrease in […]

Discovering Tanzania and RLabs Iringa

During September we had a team from Cape Town who visited our family in RLabs Iringa and we’ll be highlighting the trip over the next 3 weeks. Our first guest article is written by the incredible Nicole Sands who gives us a good overview of Tanzania, her personal experience and some insights into our precious […]

RLabs youth shines at Startup Weekend in Cape Town

Two weeks ago young people from the RLabs GROW Leadership Academy programme attended a Startup Weekend event hosted at the Bandwidth Barn in Khayelitsha. The event was to showcase ideas that could drive innovative solutions with the possibility of starting a growing enterprise. The Startup Weekend methodology allows individuals to pitch their innovative startup ideas […]

Youth 4 Youth: Making HOPE contagious in Namibia

RLabs Namibia in partnership with NBII launched its first Youth for Youth event that showcased social innovations and enterprises driven by young people. This exciting gathering welcomed distinguished guests from different sectors and across Namibia to celebrate with the RLabs Namibia team. Guests included the Rector of Polytechnic of Namibia, Ambassador of Finland, USAID, UNICEF, […]