Lisa Illingworth

Lisa Illingworth

Lisa is a qualified educator turned entrepreneurial educationalist and co-founder of FutureproofSA. This business is designed to catalyze entrepreneurial thinking and action in children across South Africa employing over 40 entrepreneurs as coaches.

Lisa holds a post-graduate degree in education specializing in curriculum studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and has written a full curriculum in entrepreneurial studies that forms the foundation for what Futureproof teaches children from the age of 6 years old. She found her love for entrepreneurship whilst working as a journalist for Finweek Magazine for 3 years and then moved onto hosting radio shows and a talk show on television focused on educating and inspiring entrepreneurs.

Lisa has also successfully pitched in the reality television series, Shark Tank and won investment. She has been invited to guest lecture at numerous educational institutions on the subject of entrepreneurship education and has been invited to speak both locally and internationally; she hosts workshops regularly with school heads and educators to amplify entrepreneurial education at school level.

In 2018, Lisa was awarded an Imagine Award for the work FutureproofSA does in alleviating poverty through entrepreneurial education; to date, the company has reached over 2500 children across South Africa.

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