Big-Picture Person & Founder of Supernews/Super Stage, Ori-gina-l, Translate SA, 360 Degrees Human
Gina is an architect, social entrepreneur, and kid's yoga teacher. She is also a qualified dance, and speech & drama teacher.
“Gina is a big picture person, problem-solver and change-maker. She uses her creativity, innovation, design & communication to generate NEW IDEAS that will help solve broad social challenges in South Africa and beyond. Her ideas aim to raise awareness, shift paradigms, and inspire action amongst ordinary & extraordinary people. You’ll usually find her yoga-ing or dancing, on a beach, up a mountain or cycling under the light of the full moon. She speaks French, a rusty Hebrew, and is learning Italian. Gina is the founder of Upstarts, a multifaceted holistic platform/programme designed to develop students and aspiring entrepreneurs into all-rounded human beings - who become self-empowered, solution driven, self-sustainable, live consciously, lead with purpose and impact humanity. (www.uctupstarts.uct.ac.za/ www.upstarts.co.za) Gina also founded Supernews, a citizen-generated online news network that reports uplifting, inspiring and innovative news stories - and it’s offshoot, Super Stage, a live social innovation platform designed to crowd-source student solutions to SA challenges. (www.supernews.co.za). Ori.gina.l is her architecture/design/consulting company which re-designs, re-purposes and re-activates overlooked places into inspiring, innovative, interactive and impactful human spaces. She is also the creator of Translate SA, a multi-lingual magnetic product that teaches locals to speak ‘S’African’ in a fun way! (www.translatesa.co.za)”
Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts?
“UCT Upstarts is igniting a ‘Start-up Student Nation’ by mobilising a movement of Innovation-Activists, creating an Innovation Culture that literally does make South Africa work better, and driving an Innovation Economy that actually does create jobs - starting from campus! Simply put, UCT Upstarts is going to put more South African role models on the map – so watch this space”