Lisa Illingworth



Lisa is a qualified teacher turned entrepreneurial educationalist and co-founder of FutureproofSA, a business designed to catalyse entrepreneurial thinking and action in children across South Africa employing over 40 entrepreneurs as coaches.

Lisa holds a post-graduate degree in education specializing in curriculum studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and has written a full curriculum in entrepreneurial studies that forms the foundation for what Futureproof teaches children from the age of 6 years old.

She found her love for entrepreneurship whilst working as a journalist for Finweek Magazine for 3 years and then moved onto hosting radio shows and a talk show on television focused on educating and inspiring entrepreneurs. Lisa has also successfully pitched in the reality television series, Shark Tank and won investment.

Lisa has been invited to guest lecture at numerous educational institutions on the subject of entrepreneurial education. She delivered the opening address at the University of Johannesburg’s launch of their entrepreneurship precinct and was invited to share her knowledge and experience with the students on the GIBS MBA Entrepreneurship Program.

Lisa is a single mother of 2 girls, Victoria aged 9 and Megan aged 6. She is highly creative and has written and published a children’s book on the subject of money management. It comes as no surprise that Lisa has the words “World Domination” as her own personal hashtag.