Event conference speaker

AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2022

Profile Details

Name: Rene Parker

Categories: Parallel Session, Speaker

Rene Parker: Rene is a social impact entrepreneur with extensive experience in building social ventures at scale. Her role as the CEO of RLabs has led to its transformation from the humble beginnings of a community project in Cape Town into an award winning global social enterprise. RLabs is a global movement that has inspired replication of the model in 23 countries and impacted more than 20 Million people since its inception.

Rene has a passion for empowering women in technology and business and entrepreneurship. She has been the driving force for RLabs Women programs and the founder of Junk.fund an innovative crowd funding platform that provides seed capital to women entrepreneurs. She was a “Africa Business Heroes” Semi-Final Judge from 2019 – 2022, a programme created and supported by the Jack Ma Foundation, which aims to support and showcase African Entrepreneurs.

In addition to being responsible for the growth of RLabs and RLabs Women, she also co-founded the RLabs Angels network where they make investments in high-growth startups across Africa. She was listed in 2019 as one of the Inspiring 50 Women in STEM in South Africa. Most recently, Rene was named as a Social Innovator of the Year 2022 by Schwab Foundation and World Economic Forum. The Social Innovators of the Year 2022 represents a new ecosystem of leaders who are driving change and shifting organizations and systems towards a more just, inclusive, sustainable future.

Rene is a sought after international speaker with a strong focus on innovation, social entrepreneurship, Living Labs and empowering women through technology and entrepreneurship as well as a thought leader who provides a variety of consulting services in International Development and Community Innovation to both the private and public sectors.