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Patrick Schofield

Patrick Schofield has pioneered crowdfunding in Africa. His focus is on financial access and inclusion in Africa. He is the CEO and co-founder of BackaBuddy NPC, Africa’s leading community crowdfunding platform. He is co-founder of South Africa’s equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa and founder of
Previous founder of Streetwires, and Billboard Information Services. He is an elected Schwab Fellow, and has received a number of awards including South African Entrepreneur of the Year, Top Billing; Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Award, and Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, South Africa.

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For-profit Social Enterprise
Entrepreneurship; Social Innovation
South Africa
Areas of Impact
Africa, South Africa


Thundafund is South Africa’s most successful crowdfunding platform that allows entrepreneurs and innovators to raise capital and in-return give products or services. Thundafund believes that by changing the way entrepreneurial funding works, and by making this transparent and inclusive, we can build trust and loyalty between entrepreneurs and their customers, and thereby grow economies and create jobs. Thundafund showcases the best of African creativity and enterprises so that people are inspired to be part of entrepreneurial success. Backers change the world with R100. This is not about charity. This is about change.


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