Spencer Horne is a South African entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology to improve lives in developing contexts. He studied mechanical engineering at Harvard, where after he returned to South Africa in a management consulting role. He has previously worked for African startups such as Kenyan Car Maker, Mobius Motors; and South African electric car pioneer, Optimal Energy. His current focus is Cloudline, a company he founded to bring logistics access to the continent's most marginalised. Cloudline is an early stage unmanned aviation startup, that brings essential goods to people in remote, hard-to-reach places. It utilizes autonomous airships to bridge the infrastructural gap faced by 1 billion people worldwide, by sustainably carrying large payloads into areas that have no paved roads or runways. The concept has been recognised by the Airbus Bizlab and the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator.
Tshinondiwa Thovhakale grew up in a village with her family who relied on their entrepreneurship skills as their only source of income. It is no surprise that she shares the same passion and determination that she was surrounded with as a child. Tshinondiwa’s father is in the transport industry and has inspired her to follow in his footsteps. From a young age she shadowed her father in his taxi and has gained years of insights into the industry. At 22 Tshinondiwa began her own venture, Vayee Logistics, in the big city of Johannesburg. Vayee Logistics focuses on transporting the general public of South Africa, looking at venturing into bigger contracts by providing her service to bigger companies for staff transport. Not only is Tshinondiwa making movements in her career in transport but she also shares a love for acting. She continues to pursue her acting career alongside her transport company and has been featured on the 3rd biggest soap opera, Muvhango.
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