Brightest Young Minds (BYM) Summit 2017 – Johannesburg, South Africa (Partially Funded)

Application Deadline: August 4th, 2017 23:59 (UTC +02:00)

Brightest Young Minds (BYM) is a 17-year old non-profit company that exists to create a positive social impact by identifying, connecting and mobilising 100 high-impact leaders between the ages of 20 – 35 across the African continent for an annual 5-day summit. #BYM2017 will take place from the Sep 24, 2017 – Sep 29, 2017.

After being inspired by established leaders, which have included Ahmed Kathrada, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Michael Jordaan, Ketso Gordhan and more, the delegates participate in leadership development and lean start-up methodology up-skilling. Beyond the summit, delegates can use these skills to improve their efforts to change the world.

The culmination of the summit is a team challenge, in which the delegates apply their new skills as they work in teams to design practical solutions to social challenges in the form of sustainable initiatives or businesses with a social impact. It is our aim that all viable solutions come to life by entering into an exclusive BYM incubation fund.

After the summit, delegates officially become part of the BYM network and have access to things like intra-network mentorship, leadership development, networking and further access to funding and business support.


  • Summit applications are open to 20-32 year olds that are African or living in an African country.
  • BYM select based on the applicant’s demonstration of their commitment to action and social impact.
  • Even though the summit focuses on very practical up-skilling, BYM pride ourselves on selecting a rich diversity of delegates, including artists, engineers, scientists, consultants, public servants, civil leaders and more!


  • Delegates need to make arrangements for their own travel to the Summit however, all Summit costs including food, lodging and transportation costs will be covered.


  • Early application deadline: Jul 28, 2017 23:59 (UTC +02:00) This application deadline applies to all applicants who will require a South African visa to attend #BYM2017.
  • Late application deadline: Aug 4, 2017 23:59 (UTC +02:00)
  • This application deadline is open for applicants who will not require need a visa. Have a PDF, .doc or .docx version of your CV/Resume to complete this application. For more information email [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) Summit 2017



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