Jayshree Naidoo is considered a thought leader on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the CEO of YIEDI, a company that focuses on Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation. She was recently identified as one of Fast Company SA’s most Creative People in Business for 2018 for “Putting Entrepreneurs First.”
She has developed several frameworks and models for Innovation and Incubation and has created several structured acceleration programmes for Start-ups and Growth Entrepreneurs as well as Leadership Programmes for Corporates. Her company was recently appointed to deliver the IBM Techcale programme for emerging technology startups. Jayshree created a customised programme for the startups which includes development, mentorship, incubation and investor readiness as well as funding.
She was the founder and Head of the Standard Bank Incubator programme and space that focused on growing and developing entrepreneurs and improving the innovation stack of the bank and its corporate clients. While at the incubator she designed and launched several programmes for technology entrepreneurs as well as the first Women in Technology Accelerator and Conference.
The seven pillar Incubator model that she created was also applied to launch the 1st Incubator outside of South Africa for the bank within Maputo in Mozambique. Jayshree has headed up Innovation and Entrepreneurship functions she has launched an Innovation for a large healthcare insurance company and she has taught innovation and entrepreneurship. She has held several leadership roles in SA that include positions at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Discovery, ABSA and Internet Solutions. She was previously the CEO of Feenix, a crowd funding platform for students launched by the bank as well as the Chairperson of SAINe (The Southern African Innovation Network), and held a seat on NACI (The National Advisory Council on Innovation).
Her qualifications include an MBA, CAIB (SA), Honours level qualification in E-Commerce and IT.