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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.

Melissa Louw

Operation & Finance Manager

Melissa makes sure all the finances are in order and our operations are set. She prides herself on getting it all done in the highest quality manner. She makes it possible for the team to do their jobs without worrying about the details. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys wine tasting and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.

Jason Hamilton

Fundraising Fellow

Jason Hamilton, ACMA | CGMA, is an ex investment banker and gained significant emerging market experience through executing transactions and managing teams across a wide spectrum of sectors, including private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and leveraged finance.

He maintains a strong presence within executive education delivering guests lecturers and keynotes at local and international institutions covering Strategy, Strategic Alignment, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, Development Finance, Valuations and Capital Raising.

Jason is a corporate governance and ethics ambassador and serves on various boards and committees both locally and internationally.

Working with scale and growth companies has been a passion for Jason and this an area he continues to focus on through his involvement with the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network and through his consulting and mentorship activities.

Theunis van der Merwe

Marketing Fellow

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.

Amy Robinson

Technology Director

A technology leader with 11 years industry experience in the UK and East Africa, and a background in Product Management. Amy has grown with 2 early stage startups (both acquired), where she played a pivotal role in the expansion and structure of systems and the software engineering teams. Based in Uganda for the last 5 years, Amy grew the Kampala based Software and Data department from 4 to 27, guided the strategy, product vision, and scaled systems from 100,000 loans in 1 country to 1M loans across 6 countries in 4 years. Amy is now leading the Techpreneurship Centre at SU LaunchLab, Stellenbosch University to develop and support entrepreneurial activities in the technology sector across Africa.

Prof. Richard Gordon

PhD, ACIM, Health Lead

Richard was the Executive Director of the Grants, Innovation and Product Development groups at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). He has held a number of international positions and specializes in establishing innovation-based international research partnerships. Richard completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

Richard currently represents South African on the EU-led Joint Program for Anti-Microbial Research consisting of 29 countries. He was a member of the National Health Research Committee and chaired the finance subcommittee. He is also a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Anti-Microbial resistance and is an Extraordinary Professor at North West University where he leads the DSI API cluster program. He is a consultant to Medicines for Malaria Venture.

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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