Throughout the month of August in cities across the world, Startup Grind is featuring leading experts in all things cryptocurrency and blockchain.
This month we'll host Tanya Knowles, Mpho Dagada, and Tumelo Ramaphosa.
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 200 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
Tanya Knowles is the Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd. She has held various positions at Strate including Head of the Project Management Office, Strategy, International Relations, Marketing and Human Resources. Fractal Solutions focuses on blockchain / distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings, fintech disruption and new products and services for Strate. Situated in Illovo, Sandton, Strate is South Africa’s authorised Central Securities Depository providing electronic settlement of equities and bonds transactions concluded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
In her private capacity, Tanya is a member of the Vuleka Schools Board, Strate Charity Shares and former Chairman of the Jeppe High School for Girls Association. She is involved in a number of women’s leadership and mentoring initiatives aimed at professional businesswomen. She holds a BA, PDM and MBA Degree all from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mpho Dagada is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who has a passion for business. He is also passionate about community development and is an active and pivotal member in community projects.
Mpho has been selected as one of the young global entrepreneurs to participate in the prestigious TrepCamp which took place in Stanford University, Silicon valley in the US. In this program he went to visit and learn from companies like Google, Facebook, Salesforce and many other firms in Silicon Valley. He presented his idea together with his group to Silicon Valley investors and was given an award for being in the top five. Mpho has been featured on SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, ETV, ITV, Radio 702, Radio 2000, 94.7, Africa Business Radio,Metro FM, Vuka Summit and various other media platforms.
Tumelo Ramaphosa holds a Masters Degree in International Business from Hult International Business School, San Francisco. He is the CEO and Founder of StudEX Wildlife, a cryptocurrency that facilitates a conservation investment platform. StudEX is registered in California with operations in South Africa, Dubai and Rwanda.
Being a man who wears many hats, Tumelo is also a partner in Chankura Global Crypto Currency Exchange which is headed in San Francisco USA and Johannesburg South Africa . He is an advisor to Block Mesh, a platform supporting mesh-based devices focusing on communication and the loT, and is involved as a partner in GAD, a crypto currency hedge fund.
Tumelo is the third member of Bitcoin Gents, an educational platform that teaches blockchain on YouTube and podcast. He serves as an advisor to Alpha Crypto Moon a crypto trading business specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) trading and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s).
From humble beginnings of working at McDonalds South Africa for seven years as an operations consultant. Tumelo was responsible for restaurant operations and sales at stores. He always sought-after opportunities for technological advancement in his job which is how he later got promoted to McDonalds SA head office where he was part of the delivery service initiation.
Studex participated in the World crypto currency economic forum in the top 20 initial coin offering startups.
Tumelo was one of the leading team members in the initiation of Mcdonalds delivery service in South Africa and is a qualified restaurant store manager.
He also has a Federal aviation association licence for unmaned aerial vehicles from California USA