Location: Johannesburg
Performer Type: Speaker / Keynote, Facilitator
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Sector Focus: Entrepreneurship / Education / Business / Motivation / Team
Speaking Topics: Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Personal Motivation, Selling, Marketing
Rates: Contact for details
Available to travel: Yes


Finalist 2022 & 2023 | Startup Mentor of the Year – Willem Gous
Finalist 2022 | Incubator of the Year – The Human Entrepreneur 2022 Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders Awards
Thinkers 360 – Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Lean Startup 2022 & 2023

Ignite your team’s potential in a volatile economic landscape with Willem, the Entrepreneurship Mindset Magician! Drawing from his groundbreaking work of transforming unemployed township residents into profitable business owners in just 5 weeks, Willem brings a toolkit of proven, actionable strategies that work instantly. He’s not just talking theory; he’s lived it, helping thousands to thrive against the odds. Whether you’re in education, a start-up, or a big corporate, Willem teaches entrepreneurial mindsets that translate into real business results. Ready to unleash human-centric innovation in your organisation? Willem is the transformative speaker you’ve been searching for.

Willem is a leader in Entrepreneurship Development in some of the toughest conditions. Over his 22-year entrepreneurship journey, he developed his unique human-centred perspective and approach to leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Willem holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Liverpool, U.K., and his dissertation focused on applying various innovation methodologies within existing businesses. A regular conference speaker and facilitator, he also serves on the advisory board of the professional interest network of the University of Liverpool Management School.

He is one of only a small number of people in the world who can moderate the highly sought-after Inside Risk, high-stakes leadership in action programme – www.InsideRisk.com

Willem is also a certified firewalking instructor and team-building facilitator. We can always ad a team building element to the keynote to help anchor the concepts shared in the keynote.

Finding Your Rhythm of Success – How to achieve results faster than ever, and anyone can do it

Success is a result of doing the right things every day. But how do you know what the right things are? This keynote helps audiences find the right things they must do for success and create consistency through a daily rhythm while helping them overcome the fears and limiting beliefs that hold them back from implementing these practical steps.

In summary, this talk:

  • Offers practical implementable advice
  • Helps people deliver results faster and more consistently


  • General staff
  • Teams or divisions
  • Schools, universities and communities


  • 45 minute keynote
  • 2 or 4 hour workshop
  • One-on-one or group coaching to drive results

How Businesses Can Innovate Faster and Drive Results by Thinking Like Township Entrepreneurs

Based on actual experience working with thousands of township entrepreneurs in South Africa. We tackle the pressing issue that businesses, big or small, often miss: Innovation is not merely a result of processes but a manifestation of the innovative thinking and consistent action-taking of individual people within the organisation.

The audience learns a simple, practical entrepreneurial mindset framework they can apply in their daily work life to unlock new opportunities faster and more cost-effectively. Make innovation and driving results a company-wide endeavour by getting your teams to think like township entrepreneurs.

Businesses can catalyse true innovation by nurturing and leveraging the innate capabilities of their human capital by helping them think like township entrepreneurs.

In summary, this talk:

  • Turns ordinary people into innovators for your business.
  • Gives practical advice people can apply right now.
  • Helps develop a more innovative, resilient and resourceful mindset to unlock new opportunities and drive results.


  • Specific teams or divisions
  • Managers at all levels
  • Customer facing staff
  • Schools, universities and communities


  • 45 or 90-minute keynote
  • 2, 4 or 8-hour workshop
  • One-on-one or group coaching to drive results


I am a certified firewalking instructor and teambuilding facilitator. I have facilitated teambuilding interventions for teams from 5 to 500. We can do 1, 2, 4, 8 hour team builds or multi-day.

All my talks are about practical, implementable steps that anyone can follow. Because I work in townships, I am highly skilled at making almost any business concept or topic relatable, contextual and implementable by anyone.