David is a leading advocate of marrying innovation, technology and social responsibility. Founder of online charity platform Givey, Dave's keynote speeches focus on creating better educational solutions and entrepreneurial opportunities, incorporating digital marketing and philanthropy.
Social entrepreneur David Erasmus is focussed on the third sector, where he believes in bringing together innovation, technology and social responsibility.
Born in Johannesburg but raised in Surrey, David left school at 18 with a conviction that he could achieve more in 3 years in the business world than he could by going to University.
He set up his first business within 6 months - broadplace.com. He grew the business for 2 and a half years, managing £5million of Ad spend annually and employing 20 staff locally and abroad. David sold Broadplace when he decided to pursue more socially minded endeavours.
Dave spent two years travelling the world, meeting global leaders and posing difficult questions to them and their teams. He began discussing how education could be improved and how better entrepreneurial opportunities could be created.
As a result of these conversations, Dave co-founded online marketing company clickego.com, based in Cape Town, aiming to encourage budding entrepreneurship and to create employment opportunities in South Africa.
In the UK, Dave met with the centre for social justice, and together they identified similar needs to those in South Africa, and worked on strategies to target gang culture and the restrictions it places on the potential of young people.
Working alongside Regenerate, he created Mustard a Social Enterprise taking young people in Gangs and helping them start a community based service business.
David is also a founding member of the Ambassadors for Philanthropy, a Government initiative orchestrated by the cabinet office, and in September 2009, he established a business start-up incubator, called Cubate.com, which specialises in developing mobile & social projects. His first project with the company was GetGiving , which ultimately became Givey – an app which allows users to make realtime social donations to Charities.
In 2011 David was invited to be part of a committee at London University UCL, to help shape the design of a pioneering new degree which teaches practical problem solving and entrepreneurship in every sector.
Later that same year he was given a Special advisory role with Lord Wei of Shoreditch (Formerly David Cameron’s council on ‘The Big Society’) advising him on solving social problems through Technology.
David Erasmus is an entrepreneur who has turned his sights to the third sector and is a leading advocator of marrying innovation, technology and social responsibility.
- Social Enterprise
- the Mobile & Social paradigm shift
- trust, startup, and good business that benefits others