BYM 2018 Summit`


To the BYM Alum Network, Partners and Friends; both current and future, This letter serves to inform you that it with great consideration that the Board of Brightest Young Minds (BYM) has taken the decision to not host the annual BYM Summit in 2018. We have taken the decision to focus our collective energy towards enhancing the BYM value proposition for all our stakeholders; both internal and external.


Over the last 17 years, we have taken hundreds of young African changemakers (and some nonAfricans who were each creating a positive social impact on the continent), and provided carefully curated experiences that stretched their thinking in order to allow them to enhance their impact in their communities and organisations. Through the generous support of the valuable sponsors, funders and supporters who have helped us along the way, we have managed to provide these experiences at virtually no cost to our delegates from the time they arrive to the time they depart.


However, as with almost all things, the funding and business environments in South Africa have changed; making it harder for us to maintain the level of experiences that we would like to deliver. As Brightest Young Minds, we hold ourselves to a high standard, and will not compromise our brand and our Summit experience in any way.


With the above in mind, the Board of BYM have decided to go back to basics and re-evaluate our business model and subsequent value proposition. While we will not be hosting a Summit in 2018; you can look forward to a brand-new way that BYM will be creating impact across the continent. Rest assured that we will always strive to create a positive impact in all that we set out to do. We will continue to increase our engagement with the existing Alum Network in upcoming months, and we implore you to reach out to us if you think there is a way you or your networks and/ or organisations could join BYM on our journey of creating impact. If you have benefitted from your Summit experience in any way, we would like you to consider paying it forward so that we can continue to deliver topclass experiences to future BYMs.


We look forward to sharing our work with you in the upcoming months!


Impactfully yours,


Dhiren Govender


 BYM will not be hosting a summit for 2018

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