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Phiwa Nkambule

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Phiwa Nkambule

Nickname: 'Ice'

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Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 24-01-1992 in Manzini Swaziland

Phiwa Nkambule, also known as Sicelo was born in Swaziland in 1992 and moved to South Africa in 2007 for academic purposes.

In 2013, Phiwa tried starting an investment firm called Nathanella Investors which didn't materialize and later that year started the music company Red Diamond World with his friends which publishes on all digital music stores. In 2014, he founded Cybatar, software development company that focused on cloud computing and the internet of things. Cybatar won Best Cloud Computing Start-up in Africa at the African Corporate Excellence Awards in 2015. The company still provides technology support to a number of businesses across the globe.

In January 2015, he co-founded Riovic, the FinTech company from his garage which is now a global pioneer in P2P Insurance. Riovic got listed as one of the 26 best FinTech companies in South Africa, got listed as one of the top 100 FinTech companies, and became national finalist in Seedstars World South Africa among several other nominations and achievements. Riovic is also a member of Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings' (Investor for Discovery and Outsurance) AlphaCode, a hub for next generation financial services entrepreneurs as well as IBM's Global Entrepreneur Programme and Facebook's FBStart, an accelerator for tech startups that push for social good.

Phiwa has been named “Young African Entrepreneur on the Rise” by a blog called Entrepreneur Review and “Bill Gates in the Making” and “Digital Game Changer” by Digify Africa. He has been featured on Young Money on CNBC Africa, The Money Show on Talk 702 and Cape Talk and Power Hour on Power FM among other shows and is regarded as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs on the African continent.

In the wake of the #FeesMustFall protests in South Africa, Phiwa launched a university scholarship crowdfunding platform and campaign through his company Cybatar to save students across the country that were in tuition debt and were facing financial exclusions in 2016.

Contact details

phiwaicee@gmail.com


Web presence

Business Address

1 Fredman Dr, Sandton, South Africa, 2196


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Developer | RiovicPay
Pretoria, South Africa | March 2015 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Chief Executive Officer | Riovic, Inc.
Pretoria, South Africa | January 2015 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Visionary | EduFunder
Pretoria, South Africa | October 2015 - present

Social Development and Community Services


Founder & CEO | Cybatar, Inc.
Pretoria, South Africa | August 2014 - present

ICT and Telecommunications


Previous Position(s)

Executive Producer | Red Diamond Music
Mbabane, Swaziland | February 2014 - January 2015

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film


Author | Lulu.com
Washington, South Africa | April 2014 - June 2014

Publishing, Printing and Print Media


Chief Executive Officer | Red Diamond World
Pretoria, South Africa | July 2014 - January 2015

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce


Expert Author | Ezine Articles
New York, United States of America | January 2013 - January 2014

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Writing articles for Ezine Articles.


Contributor | Yahoo
Washington, United States of America | January 2013 - January 2014

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Write articles for Yahoo.

Educational history

Secondary

Cefups Academy, Nelspruit, South Africa (2009)

Tertiary

Microsoft IT Academy

Seattle, United States of America | January 2015 - present

Computer Science - Cloud Computing, Big Data, IoT and Security

University of Pretoria

Pretoria, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

BCom - Law

Achievements

Awards

Best Cloud Computing Company - Africa | 2015

The 2015 African Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognising the changing fortunes of businesses across Africa and to rewarding the people and firms that have done such tremendous work to carve out a place for themselves among the most exciting and vibrant anywhere in the world.

Shortlist and nomination

26 Fintech startups you absolutely need to know about | 2016

Riovic got listed among the 26 best FinTech companies in South Africa.

African FinTech 100 | 2016

Riovic got listed among the best FinTech companies in Africa.

Acord Insurance Innovation Challenge | 2016

Riovic made it to the semi finals of this global insurance innovation competition.

Positive Change in Education Ideas Challenge | 2016

Accessible, quality higher education is of extreme importance to South Africa moving forward, and a 0 increase is only the first step in creating this future. One of the largest concerns for both university and governmental leaders is how to address the gaps in funding. Ultimately, the question is how do we make higher education more affordable in the future? These submitted ideas are the first steps in addressing this question.

Best Cloud Computing Company - Africa | 2015

These awards are dedicated to the African people and firms that have done great work to carve out a place for themselves among the most exciting in the world.

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Activities

Memberships

Facebook FBStart

Member, 2016 - present

IBM Global Entrepreneur

Member, 2016 - present

Microsoft Partner Network

Member, September 2015 - present

AlphaCode

Gold Member, November 2015 - present

EduFund

Chairman, October 2015 - present

Humanists Association of South Africa

Founder, September 2013 - September 2014

Cefups Academy Security Committee

Secretary, January 2008 - December 2008

Law@Tuks Social Committee

Member, September 2013 - February 2014

Tuks Student Christian Fellowship

Project Manager, September 2013 - February 2014

Tuks Student Christian Fellowship

Member, January 2011 - December 2013

South African Students Congress (SASCO)

Member, January 2011 - present

community

Cefups Academy Security Committee

Secretary, January 2008 - December 2008

Tuks Student Christian Fellowship

Project Manager, September 2013 - February 2014

EduFund

Chairman, October 2015 - present

Other Activities

Numismatics

Coin Collector, May 2013 - present

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