UCT Startup Founders Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 PM UTC

Join us for an exciting and engaging UCT Startup Founders themed Panel Discussion on the 20th of May. We are hosting Mvelo Hlophe the founder of Zaio, Thapelo Nthite the Co-founder of Botlhale AI, and Brian Mlambo the Group CEO of Akha Ventures and Co-founder of Zero1 Creations. This is definitely going to be an insightful and inspiring event that you don't want to miss! Don't forget to RSVP!

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About this event

Join us on Thursday the 28th of May for an exciting UCT Startup Founders themed Panel Discussion Event. We are hosting Thapelo Nthite the Co-Founder of Botlhale AI, Mvelo Hlophe the Founder of Zaio, and Brian Mlambo the Co-Founder of Zero1 Creations and Group CEO of Akha Ventures.

Thapelo Nthite is the Co-founder of Botlhale IA, an AI Startup that provides a text and speech based toolkit for creating conversational AI African languages. This super innovative startup won the DataHack4Fi Innovation Competition in 2019. Thapelo has been featured on many platforms including Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2020. He was the guest speaker at the 2020 Africa Tech Week Summit. He is an Electrical Engineering Masters Candidate from the University of Cape Town.

Mvelo Hlophe is the Founder and CEO of Zaio, a free online platform that teaches people how to code and become developers. In 202O Zaio partnered up with Startup Grind UCT and Mvelo was one of the Judges for the Startup Grind PitchSlam Competition in 2020. He has been featured on Business Insider South Africa in 2020. He is also a Bcom PPE Graduate from the University of Cape Town.

Brian Mlambo is the Group CEO of Akha ventures and Co-founder of Zero1 Creations (a division of Akha venture). Zero1 Creations is a creative agency which helps businesses build digital profiles. Akha Ventures is a digital accelerator which provides training to entrepreneurs. Brian is the winner of the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and he is also the former Co-Director of Startup Grind Cape Town. He is currently studying his Final Year in Bcom Accounting at the University of Cape Town. 

Check out what happened


  • Thapelo Nthite

    Botlhale AI Solutions


  • Mvelo Hlophe



  • Brian Mlambo

    Zero1 Creations



  • Tumelo Noah

    Startup Grind University of Cape Town

    Chapter Director