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, […]

Lead SA Hero of the Year

RLabs and its founder Marlon Parker have been awarded the prestigious Lead SA award for National Hero of the year. This annual award acknowledges the work of social purpose individuals and organizations through a regional and national judging panel. This award is truly a reflection on the work of RLabs the last 7 years as […]

Second milestone for the InnovIA teams.

On Wednesday 5th of August, the Innovia teams pitched their 2nd trimester presentations and the Vangate Youth Cafe were extremely hospitable as they allowed us to host the session in their space. The teams were joined by guest entrepreneurs Marwaan Sasman and Roger Norton as well as RLabs developers, Kurt Appolis and Dean Van Niekerk. Milestone 2 […]