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Luvuyo Rani of Silulo accepting his award from the Schwab Foundation
The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual list of the top innovators driving global, regional and industry agendas to improve the state of the world. The 2016 list of 12 entrepreneurs includes Endeavor Entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, co-founder of Silulo. This honor demonstrates the impact of entrepreneurs in the social sector and the increasing global recognition of entrepreneurs working to transform under-served communities.
Growing up in a small town in South Africa, Luvuyo received an education in technical skills and business administration. After teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at the high school level, Rani decided to change his career path and focus on increasing access to technology in his hometown. He started by opening an Internet café that also offered computer training and IT support for local citizens. Expanding his services from the Internet café to a full-scale business, Rani and his brother started Silulo Ulutho, selling refurbished computers, providing IT training and writing business profiles and plans for local businesses. Their work addresses the IT skills gap faced in their community with a specific goal to reduce unemployment by creating sustainable job opportunities.
Selected in 2011, Silulo continues to expand with the help of Endeavor’s network. The Rani brothers were set up with an Advisory Board and were provided introductions to local business leaders with expertise in everything from IT services to restaurant management. Endeavor also connected Luvuyo and Lonwabo to mentors from top partners like EY, which provided the team with strategic financial guidance.
Other Endeavor Entrepreneurs who have been honored by the Foundation in past years include Fernanda Zorrilla of Clinicas del Azucar, Mois Cherem of ENOVA, Patrick Struebi of Fairtrasa, Felipe Vergara of Lumni, and Bedriye Hülya of B-Fit.
View the full list of 2016 Awardees by clicking here.
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