Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development
Described as an “enviropreneur”, a soil scientist and inventor, Bruce is the founder and managing director of Brucol Global Development, an agricultural consulting company which he founded in 2014 for the purpose of empowering previously disadvantaged people within the agricultural sector. He is also a co-founder of Gardenizly, a water-efficient vegetable gardening technology which is currently changing the agricultural landscape, which he co-founded with his father, Dr. Nkgodi Diale. In 2017, Bruce won first place with his company, Brucol Global Development, at the Engen Pitch and Polish, a competition in which contestants are given the opportunity to present (pitch) their businesses or business ideas to an audience, with the winner taking home enormous cash prizes from Engen and Nedbank and an advertising campaign from one of the major media houses in the country. Diale holds a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Limpopo and was pursuing an MBA as of July last year. In 2018, He was selected to be one of the 25 environmental entrepreneurs from South Africa to participate in the Groundswell Accelerator, an interactive 18-month program that focuses on small entrepreneurs working in the green economy, assisting them to build their entrepreneurial skills and cultivate sound business practices, started by Groundswell, an organization based in the United States.