Brightest Young Minds South Africa


Brightest Young Minds (BYM) was founded in 2000 with the vision to create a platform that showcased the potential of South Africa’s brightest young minds in order to fast-track their development for the benefit of country. Initially BYM only offered a summit. The week-long experience bridged the gap between students and the professional world, encouraged students to share ideas amongst inspiring peers and allowed partner companies to pose specific challenges facing their businesses to a group of bright, young South Africans. In BYM’s early days, observers understood the summit as one of the few opportunities in SA for students to have completely interracial, interdisciplinary and intercampus engagement. Diversity remains a core tenet of the organization. The summit itself has been an example of innovation, exposing delegates to different facilitation techniques like appreciative inquiry, open-space technology and scenario planning, and providing them the space to creatively solve relevant social, cultural, environmental or economic challenges. The number of applications for the BYM programme now reach over 2000 per year. From 2002, BYM introduced delegate opportunities beyond the summit, organizing mentoring programs, training and development seminars and project/business development supports. BYM is looking to transform the summit from the BYM mainstay into the BYM entry point by providing the network with structured opportunities to connect and mobilize their ideas.


Name of Primary Programme
Brightest Young Minds
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Telephone Number
+27 61 279 2233
Programme Type
Leadership Networking Programme
Region from which participants are selected
Various, Northern Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa
Organisation website
Programme Funders
African country or countries of programme delivery
South Africa
Programme Contact email
Corporate funders
Barclays; Connemara; Matchboxology
Region of programme delivery
Southern Africa
Country of operation
South Africa
Programme Start Date
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
Brightest Young Minds

Leadership organisation location

15 Alice Ln, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2196, South Africa
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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.