CTO & Founder | Action Starter
Simon is currently the technical co-founder of a fast growing UK based Ed-tech Startup ‘Action Starter’, who are based at what used to be the Aston University Science Park in Birmingham. He has won multiple awards for entrepreneurship and technology and was most recently crowned ‘Birmingham Young Professional Of the Year’ in the Technology Category.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Simon moved to the UK in the late 90’s where he studied and completed a Degree in Architecture at Southbank University in London. Simon has a Passion for Africa, this is shown by his long history of pioneering technology across Africa on many levels. From small bespoke software solutions for Educational trusts who pay school fees for thousands of orphans to large high impact digital solutions for International NGOs such as the ILO & UNICEF on projects aimed at supporting youth entrepreneurship across southern Africa and another improving the distribution of free educational books ‘making sure the right books end up in the right hands’.
In 2012, one of Simon’s personal projects aimed at allowing African businesses and individuals to build fast loading mobile websites, Zimbile, was crowned ‘The Best App in Africa’ by South Africa’s IT NEWS Africa Publication. After the initial success, the project quickly turned into a mission to create sustainable employment opportunities and Digital jobs in Africa for young people by teaching them how to code fast loading mobile websites and sell them to local business across the continent using the free website builder Zimbile.
In Simon’s current role as the Chief Technical Officer, he is responsible for the development of Action Starter’s Family of Education Management Solutions namely HEIapply and EduAgent CRM . The two products work in tandem to enable business efficiencies and awesome applicant journeys for applicants applying to Educational Institutions and Charitable Organisations all over the world.
Simon is inspired by technology and it’s ability to change the world, ‘one line of code at a time’.
The talk is a personal journey that observes all the moving parts (technology, content, experiences..etc) at play with regards to preparing the 21st Century Mindset and proposes a blueprint of how Africa can position itself to become a key player in a rapidly changing world.