Patrick Schofield (South Africa)

CEO, BackaBuddy

Passionate about community-driven impact and social financing, Patrick works with organisations with pan-African scope and the power to deliver powerful positive change. In 2014, Patrick cofounded Thundafund.com, South Africa’s most successful rewards-based crowdfunding platform, focusing on entrepreneurial ideas. In 2015, he founded the BackaBuddy nonprofit and relaunched the social funding platform Backabuddy, which has grown into Africa’s leading donations platform for people.

Patrick is an elected Schwab Fellow and has been awarded the Schwab/Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – South Africa & Africa, the South African Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Cape Times Business Personality of the Year Award.