Jill‘s career has transitioned from science and technology management, to innovation in entrepreneurship development. Jill set up and managed, for 9 years, the Maxum Business Incubator at the Innovation Hub Science Park in Pretoria, South Africa. Over a five year period, 36 start-up companies had participated in the Maxum incubation programme, ten of which had successfully graduated, and two of which had grown their businesses exponentially.
Jill runs her own consulting company, Axess Consulting, where together with select experts, she consults in the fields of business incubation and entrepreneurship development. Jill has been consulting to infoDev of the World Bank since 2009 and works with other infoDev consultants in the development and roll-out of business incubation programmes in developing countries. Projects include the implementation and ongoing technical assistance to the Dar Technology Business incubator (DTBi) in Tanzania; the design of a support programme for women entrepreneurs in Laos – the Mekong Women’s Challenge; and the design of a support programme for women growth-oriented entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.
Whilst running Maxum, Jill teamed up with Tina and they implemented FEMTECH1 and FEMTECH2, support programmes for women entrepreneurs in technology-enabled businesses. Because of the tremendous success and impact of the programmes, Jill and Tina decided to found FEMTECH (Pty) Ltd in order to create a vehicle for igniting growth businesses. FEMTECH offers experiential training and coaching to growth-oriented entrepreneurs to assist them in developing a competitive offering and positioning their businesses successfully in the market.