Who we are
The Innovator Trust was created to support the growth of small black-owned Information and Communications Technology (ICT) businesses in South Africa. Through our programmes, we support and nurture the growth of SMMEs by facilitating training that develops their skills as business owners, and provides necessary resources and mentorship, ensuring they become sustainable businesses contributing meaningfully to the ICT sector and the country’s economy.
The Innovator Trust offers synergistic environment where entrepreneurs can share their knowledge, create working partnerships, and do business together which in turn helps to open doors to markets and resources.
Training and resource assistance is available to our cohort of beneficiaries through the following programmes we offer:
- Enterprise Development Programme
- Supplier Development Programme
- Young Entrepreneurs Programme
- Start-Up Programme (COMING SOON)
Our Vision & Mission
The Innovator Trust’s mission is to support the growth of businesses, improving the survival rate of SMMEs by helping them become structurally viable. Through training facilitation, mentorship, networking and infrastructure support the Innovator Trust is helping to create ICT leaders of the future.
As an Accelerator, our vision is to help businesses identify opportunities of importance and assist in identifying potential growth areas to maximise.
In the quest to Cultivate, we are cognisant of the sheer grit and boldness it takes to run a business and through our incubator programmes, our vision and priority is to ensure small business owners are equipped with the correct tools and skills needed to work towards success.
As Mentor, we understand the role of guidance and the significance of walking alongside entrepreneurs through both the good and tough times. We acknowledge the invaluable incentive of access to networks that would otherwise be closed to the small business owner. Our aim is to ensure our beneficiary SMMEs have access to sound mentors and networks.
Tashline Jooste, Chief Executive Officer
Tashline Jooste is the Chief Executive Officer for the Innovator Trust, as well as a pivotal member of our board of trustees. Having acquired unique and extensive business acumen during her varied career, Tashline has spearheaded the conception and realisation of the Innovator Trust, and oversees the crucial strategic direction of the organisation and its operations.
Tashline not only provides strong leadership from a business perspective to the Innovator Trust, but also embodies the core ethos of the organisation in her passion and dedication to empowering others. Meticulous, determined and fiercely independent, Tashline is known for her entrepreneurial flair, vast business experience, and being a strong advocate of female leadership - making her the ideal candidate to head up the Innovator Trust.
Jancis van Biljon, Financial Manager
Jancis Van Biljon is a member of the Innovator Trust board of trustees, and acts as Financial Manager for the organisation. Throughout her successful career, Jancis has built an impressive track record in the specialty fields of accounting, tax management as well as fund and asset management.
Known for her precision and close attention to detail, Jancis has been a major asset to a variety of businesses. A quintessential ‘numbers person’ who finds great satisfaction in creating models that maximize potential of funds and assets, she started out her career at Tim du Toit Attorneys, later completing articles at Bennie and Wilson Chartered Accountants (SA). Following a project collaboration for the Auditor General of South Africa, and the following role of Financial Accountant at United National Breweries, Jancis went on to accept the position of Senior Accountant Consolidations at Vodacom. After being promoted a year later to Financial Manager, her tenor at Vodacom positioned her as the ideal candidate to serve on the board of the Innovator Trust.
Linda Ndwandwe, Enterprise Development Manager
Linda Ndwandwe is the Enterprise Development Manager at the Innovator Trust. She joins the team from her role as a Training Facilitator at KPMG South Africa.
She comes with a long length of academic achievements, including a Bachelor of Social Science in Organisational Psychology & Economics (Rhodes University, 2010), Skills Development Facilitator, a Certificate in Labour Relations and a Certificate in Strategic Management. Linda’s academic prowess is matched by her experience. Her most recent achievement was her role in the development of three training courses, covering topics such as tender management and the fundamentals on how SMMEs can build a successful business.