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Ropafadzo Sandra Shoko

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2023

Ropafadzo Sandra Shoko, “StartUpBae,“ is a lawyer with a Bachelor of Law Honours from the University of Zimbabwe as a Joshua Nkomo Scholarship beneficiary. She transcended the different fields of law and has found her place working in the Startup space at Elevate Trust where she is branding herself as the StartUpBae. She works with young entrepreneurs and innovators in building their ideas into viable profitable business entities whilst also using her networking skills to create a start-up ecosystem for stakeholders in Zimbabwe. She has helped establish the Buy Zimbabwe Youth and SME desk where she spearheads private-public partnerships and offers continuous training for operational startups. She runs a blog on Intellectual Property called “Married to IP“

Her passion for community service and development reflects through her active role as a Rotaractor where she has served as the Zimbabwe Country Coordinator and Mentor Me Please, her initiative which gives tailored mentorship to children in homes and orphanages.

Her love for innovation started in her undergrad as just another innovator with Mwenje Hub an off-grid solar solution she pitched. It grew to coordinate training and mentorship for young innovators as the UZ Hult Prize Campus Director and advisor for innovators. The start-up space is her territory and her wish is to grow it and enable them to industrialise Africa. Presently, she is a University of Cape Town LLM candidate excited about learning Comparative Law and Business in Africa and Law Regional Integration and Development in Africa in order to help develop authentic StartUp African solutions.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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