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Rene Parker

Rene Parker

Director at RLabs
Cape Town, South Africa

Mentorship Connection

This connection is free for all venture stages.
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Two meetings per month

Unlimited chat, email, or text within boundaries.

Usually responds in about 7 days


I am a social impact entrepreneur with extensive experience in building social ventures at scale. I have played a leading role in transforming RLabs into an award-winning global social enterprise from the humble beginnings of a community project in Cape Town. RLabs is a global movement that has inspired replication of the model in 24 countries and has impacted more than 25 Million people since its inception.

I have been the driving force for RLabs Women, which serves as a support network for women-led businesses, and founded – an innovative crowdfunding platform that invests in female entrepreneurs.

My latest venture involves becoming an Angel investor and co-founding RLabs Angels, where we make investments in high-growth startups across Africa.

*2019 – 2023 Africa Business Hero Semi-Final Judge, a programme created by Jack Ma and run by the Jack Ma Foundation, which aims to support and showcase African Business Heroes.

*I serve on multiple boards in an executive, non-executive, and advisory capacity.

*Winner of the Inspiring Fifty South Africa 2019 Award, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech, by boosting the visibility of female role models in STEM.

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Mentorship motivation

  • I like to learn about industries and new businesses
  • I want to give back to the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs coming up
  • I want to make new connections for myself and/or the organization I represent

I have a strong focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and empowering women through technology and enterprise development 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. I am extremely passionate about our continent – Africa, its people, and all we will still become.