Education and financial inclusion are among Africa’s biggest challenges, and Thando Hlongwane has made it his mission to use technology to solve them.
The young entrepreneur pioneered two companies while studying computer science at the University of Cape Town. He was a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation’s foresight initiative committee, and continues to work with industry leaders on cutting-edge technologies that improve the world we live in.
Hlongwane built on his experience as a finance and tech entrepreneur to found Lipa Payments, a contactless payment solution available across Africa. His proudest moment was to have one of the largest banks in South Africa use Lipa Payments software in a recent pilot programme.
He sits on the steering committee for the Unicef Youth Agency Marketplace project, which aligns with his vision to empower African youth through digital skills development.
“Surround yourself with honest, smart and hardworking people, and the rest you’ll figure out together with them.”