Apply to attend Bright Young Minds Summit 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Apply to attend Bright Young Minds Summit 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Deadline: May 13, 2015

Young people from across Africa are invited to apply to attend the 2015 Bright Young Minds Summit. The 2015 BYM summit will take place from July 16 until July 20 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit brings together 100 young leaders to teach and inspire each other and, most importantly, act together to design practical solutions to social challenges with a social impact.

This year’s summit is especially important, as BYM is celebrating its 15th anniversary! In order to commemorate this exciting milestone the organizers will not only invite a new class of 100 delegates to the annual summit, but will also invite 50 of their most impactful alumni to attend the summit once again.

The 2015 summit theme will be #TIA (This is Africa). This hashtag is generally used to describe negative ‘African’ things like power outages, potholes, crime, etc — we will turn #TIA on it’s head by focusing on African excellence and turning the continent’s challenges into opportunities.

About the Summit

The new recruits first connect at our 5-day summit. Here they teach and inspire each other and, most importantly, act together.

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.


  • All summit costs, including lodging, food and transportation once at the summit are covered.
  • However, those invited to the summit will be asked to cover their travel to and from the 5-day event.


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

For more information, visit Bright Young Minds 2015.