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Johannesburg  |  2 December 2022

We are searching for Africa's Brightest Young Minds! 

We are empowering leaders aged 18-35 whose bold ideas and actions are driving our continent forward. 


Are YOU one of them?

Applications to become part of the next cohort of Brightest Young Minds, attend an event and join our prestigious network are open!

2022 Event

Co-hosted with the World Food Programme Southern Africa, the theme of our event is Connect, Inspire, Impact: Solutions to Food Systems Challenges


The Brightest Young Mind 2022 will be invited to attend the event online or in person where they will learn, innovate, develop concrete solutions and meaningfully connect with the most promising young leaders on the continent.

BYM Summit 2022

the 2022 Cohort of brightest young minds

The Brightest Young Minds are selected by our multi-disciplinary selection panel and will attend an in person event in Johannesburg on

2 December 2022. The event will also be avialble online. 

What past BYMs Have said

“It helped me understand what the market was looking for in young professionals.”

“I was able to discern another individual’s method of thinking or logic, without imposing my own. It’s helped manage people / staff, think creatively, be solutions oriented & resolve conflict.”

“Great networking experience that led to direct career growth and also attractive funding opportunity for our NGO.”

“A professional & social network as well as reputable companies and individuals that I have since used at my work place.”

“I made a lot of connections and expanded my network within Africa which has helped me in my career and personal growth.”

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ABOUT brightest young minds

Founded in 2000, Brightest Young Minds (BYM) is a registered NPC in South Africa working to inspire and mobilise a generation of proactive young leaders equipped to address present and future social, economic and environmental challenges in Africa.


Our mission is to connect young leaders and equip them with the skills, mindset and network needed to create sustainable impact across Africa.

We have hosted 18 Summits over the last two decades and created a network of over 1,600 of some of the most impactful young leaders on the continent. 

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