Hi, I'm Rowan!
Welcome! Below you'll find a brief description of my work, and my social pages and contact details are listed after that. At the bottom of the page, you'll find my blog posts that were mostly done in 2017, with a few recent updates.
What do I do?
I'm a lecturer and economic development consultant with extensive experience in startup and small business support. I have recently brought my word under my new company, Accendio
, which focuses on entrepreneurial programmes and innovative finance research and implementation
I've cofounded multiple startups including SMEgo, a funding platform for startups, Loadalot, a logistics startup and Ayabu, a job platform. I lecture business strategy at the University of Cape Town and I run the regional University of Oxford Map The System competition with the Bertha Centre. I'm a founder and non-executive director of Phaphama SEDI which pairs university student consultants with small businesses.
My current consulting projects include working with Viridian to develop training programmes for South African entrepreneurship hubs and supporting the Innovative Finance team at the Bertha Centre with research and seed fund management. Some of my previous projects include research on the Innovate UK township business programme, economic impact assessments for the UNDP and developing the Atlantis Greentech SEZ strategy.
I hold a Master's Degree in Economic Development, a Bachelor of Business Science in Management Studies, majoring in Finance, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, all from the University of Cape Town.
If you'd like to find out a little more, you can access my LinkedIn profile here
If you'd like to get in contact, send me an email at: email@example.com