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Team & Career Opportunities

Our Team

The Stellenbosch University LaunchLab team is a passionate, mission driven group of individuals coming together to serve a bigger purpose – to positively grow our country, continent and world.

Josh Romisher

CEO

Joshua Romisher, CFA – is a serial entrepreneur with a wide array of ventures, including a boutique investment bank in New York, solar irrigation start-up in India, frozen yogurt franchise in San Francisco and solar home systems across Sub-Saharan Africa. His mission is to create impact at scale with a specific focus on climate. He is driven by the opportunity to provide hard working people across the globe with the platform to put their skills to work in affecting positive social change.

Leana Kotze

Incubation Lead

Leana studied business and law and practiced as a commercial and litigation attorney for 5 years. During her time as a legal practitioner she worked with both small business ventures and some of the continent’s most prominent financial services companies. In 2020 Leana pursued a full-time MBA through the University of Stellenbosch Business School and graduated cum laude and first in her class in March 2021. Since then she has been working with SU LaunchLab as an incubation project manager, consultant, and mentor across various programs. Leana joined SU LaunchLab because she believes that entrepreneurship holds the key to unlocking Africa’s potential and creating a brighter future for all.

Alvira Fisher

Incubation Director

Alvira has 20 years of financial services experience, mostly focused on corporate governance, regulatory implementation and business eco-system risk management. In the year of COVID, Alvira ventured into Entrepreneurship and after a few failed business attempts, she started finding incubators as her growth sandpit. In her capacity as Portfolio Director at SU LaunchLab, Alvira supports the coordination and facilitation of incubator’s different entrepreneurial programs, working alongside Program Experts, Mentors and Entrepreneurs across the 0-1 startup journey. She holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and within this new portfolio continues to work in a Pan-African portfolio.

Abby Stern

Food Incubation Lead

Abby Stern is a global food industry innovation, health and sustainability expert and founder of Kardamom Consulting, LLC. With over a decade of experience in retail, food service, FMCG, and agriculture and having lived and worked across North America, Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, Abby now consults for F&B companies of all sizes and stages to help them grow in scale, revenue, impact and innovation. She is currently leading AgriFoodtech incubation on behalf of SU LaunchLab, including building and managing the Makers Landing Food Incubator at the V&A Waterfront.

Daniel Maloba

Techpreneurship Centre Coordinator

Daniel Maloba is originally from the DRC, he has been living in South Africa since 2009. He has a background in electrical and electronic engineering with a major in telecommunication from Stellenbosch University (SU). He is a self-taught web developer and an entrepreneur at heart.

He believes that Africa needs an incubation machine that produces world class entrepreneurs, for its development. That’s why he joined the SU LaunchLab.

Daniel joined the SU LaunchLab as the Techpreneurship Centre (TPC) coordinator and facilitator. He was part of the first cohort of the TPC bootcamp programme for Data Science, Machine Learning and Entrepreneurial development. He hopes to equip individuals with industry relevant technical and soft skills through the TPC.

Natalie de Wet

Community Manager

Natalie de Wet is the bright, smiling face welcoming you everyday at the LaunchLab Front desk. She is the anointed mother to the LaunchLab community. She’s always available and willing to assist. She’s also a loving mom to her own beautiful children.

Wynand Goosen

Global Ops Director

Wynand Goosen, MBA – has a passion for the environment and is a founder of various award-winning start-ups and top-ranked digital platforms on sustainability, renewables, and electric vehicles. In addition, Wynand developed and presented financial models on grid-scale battery storage for multiple applications. With over 30 years of experience across various sectors throughout Africa and the USA, backed by solid financial market experience, he can add immense value to any start-up associated with the Stellenbosch University Launch Lab.

Therese Mitchell

Global Finance Manager

Therese Mitchell is an articulate professional that can ensure that a business is financially sound, has robust accounting processes and delivers on its financial targets. She is cost-focused, yet at the same time able to drive “value”.
Her experience builds up over the past 15 years in various sectors, including Cloud Accounting, Tax, Manufacturing, NGO’s, Events Management & Academia will bring more perspective & possibilities for out of the box thinking to solve thought-provoking problems in the fluid environment we are facing today.

She believes that entrepreneurs hold the key to Economic growth and with the right support system and an incubator like SU LaunchLab, they can flourish and transform their dream into reality.

Theunis van der Merwe

Marketing Coordinator

Experienced digital marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry and start-up environment. Theunis is a strong media and communication professional with a certificate focused in Advanced Search Engine Optimisation.

Theunis has completed his MBA at Stellenbosch Business School. Currently, he works as a Digital Marketing Consultant, Band Manager and Musician.

Michael Kriegler

Grant Writing Fellow

Michael is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from UCT. He helps with fundraising and research at the SU LaunchLab, and is working to pursue a career in intellectual property. He is a film critic in his spare time.

Career Opportunities

Stellenbosch University LaunchLab is constantly growing its portfolio of companies, partners and team. If you share a vision of using innovation and technology for positive change, this could be the place for you.

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