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    Business Finance

    Gain a high-demand skillset and get a grasp on the technology that is revolutionizing industries and businesses of the future.

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    Understand the future of finance

    Cryptoeconomics is a new field with many developing career paths. Specialty areas include: the technology aspects of blockchain such as distributed networking, cryptography and messaging; law and policy that comes into play when dealing with currencies and investments that are subject to taxation; and the economics of these new currencies and tokens, just like anything else in the world that is of value and tradeable publicly such as fiat currencies (dollars, liras, etc) and commodities.

    Individual attention from industry experts

    With limited class sizes, our expert teachers can give individualized support and feedback to every student. They’ll gain invaluable perspective, and a mentor who will advise them throughout the program.

    *Experts and TA’s may vary from those displayed as streams and courses evolve and develop

    Wesley Kennedy

    Product Head @ Sift | Ops Head @ The Lotus Method

    I've built over 5,000 financial models and made twice that many mistakes. I believe finance is a toolset masquerading as a skill set. My formula for success for startups = key insight + ability to execute + model-stakeholder fit (MSF). MSF is incredibly complex, as benefiting one stakeholder often results in the detriment of another. I plan to spend the next 10 years of my life working to optimize MSF for pre-seed startups.

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    Lebogang Poonyane

    Chief Executive Officer at Global Capital Empowerment Private Equity Fund

    I am an entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience working in management consulting, strategy, and private equity in Africa, Europe, and the US. After winning a business plan pitch competition, I was awarded a full scholarship by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to complete an MBA in Entrepreneurship. Currently I am a candidate for the Doctor of Business Administration degree at GIBS, focusing on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on unemployment on the African continent and what can be done about it.

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    Jonathan Miller

    Private Wealth Manager at Geach Donaldson and Associates

    I am a wealth manager and co-business owner from Cape Town with over 15 years of professional experience in finance. I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town, and am currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in financial planning.

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    Kyla van der Westhuizen

    Senior Analyst at Oceanrock Consulting

    I recently finished my articles at KPMG and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while completing my Masters in Financial and Risk Management. Prior to this, I worked as an Academic Trainee at the University of Cape Town where I taught students and found my passion for teaching. I find it highly gratifying to be a part of someone's growth.

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    Jessica Wilson

    Financial Analyst at Reflex Solutions

    I am a compassionate and energetic individual who loves interacting and teaching people. I have tutored throughout my university career from outreach mathematics to finance and believe through teaching others is truly how you learn and help people grow. I plan to further my studies in my passion of finance through a Master’s in Commerce, specializing in Finance at the University of Sydney.

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    Daniel Flores Bravo

    Financial Analyst and Economics Expert

    I am currently studying to become a member of the High Corps of Spanish State Economists and Trade Experts. My experience includes interning at Société Générale, Luxembourg in the Compliance and Regulatory department as a financial analyst, and working as a financial analyst at Patrivalor SGIIC. I graduated from Carlos III University of Madrid with a major in Economics and a minor in Finance and Accounting. In my junior year, I studied abroad at UC Berkeley, where I specialized in behavioral economics and its application to finance.

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    Amy Wilson

    Co-founder of The Tax Studio

    I am a CA(SA) with a Masters in Finance from the University of Cape Town. I have a love for teaching and have been a formal and informal teacher for many years in a number of different spheres of life. I have worked at Deloitte in Cape Town as an auditor and at UCT as a tutor/lecturer. Currently, I am the co-founder and manager of The Tax Studio, a start-up business that provides corporate tax advisory to other start-ups and businesses in the Venture Capital space. I also own and manage a kite surfing school, called High Five Kite School in Cape Town. This is where my passion for business, kite surfing and adventure merge into one.

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    Punyaja Mishra

    Blockchain Developer at InnovFin Consulting

    I am an experienced tech industry professional skilled in Critical Thinking, Blockchain Technology and programming languages like C, C#, Java, JS, React and Solidity. I hold an Honors Science degree focused in Computer Science from Trent University, specializing in Data Analysis and Software Engineering. I currently work as a developer at InnoFin Consulting, where I assimilate state-of-art blockchain approaches to design, build, and optimize solutions for the Edtech industry.

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    *Experts and TA’s may vary from those displayed as streams and courses evolve and develop

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    Companies we've worked with

    Launch into Business Finance by developing a fundamental skill set

    In the first part of this program, students will gain a deeper understanding of this learning stream and acquire a set of practical skills vital to their chosen discipline.

    Business Finance
    Excel

    Excel

    Proficiency in Excel with particular emphasis on the time and value of money

    Accounting

    Accounting

    Learn the foundational skills in accounting

    Portfolio Management

    Portfolio Management

    Gain an understanding of portfolio management concepts

    Micro & Macroeconomic Environments

    Micro & Macroeconomic Environments

    Learn to understand the micro and macroeconomic environments in which different companies operate.

    Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
    Sound Money

    Sound Money

    Define what “sound money” is and trace the chronological evolution of abstractions of value throughout human history.

    Centralized & Decentralized Systems

    Centralized & Decentralized Systems

    Describe, compare, and contrast centralized and decentralized applications of a given technology or system.

    P2P

    P2P

    Understand peer-to-peer (P2P) computer networks and learn about existing P2P networks.

    Blockchain

    Blockchain

    Learn how blockchain networks grow and the economic incentives that are required for healthy blockchain networks.

    Bitcoin

    Bitcoin

    Describe and explain the history of Bitcoin - how it came to be, who built it, and how it is maintained.

    Cryptoeconomics

    Cryptoeconomics

    Understand basic Cryptoeconomics, use existing crypto economic models, and design crypto economic models.

    Practical skills applied on real-world projects

    Once pupils have the knowledge and skills, they’ll apply them to a practical project for some real-world learning.

    Real World Projects

    The Business curriculum culminates with real-world Business Finance and Blockchain and Cryptocurrency projects. Industry and company needs change fast, and so do the projects as they evolve to match these changes.

    Below are some examples of past projects:

    Fund Strategy Project Fund Strategy Project

    Fund Strategy Project

    The company is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base in the UK and Europe, South Africa and Asia/Australia, as well as certain other countries. Working in Asset Management, Wealth & Investment and Specialist Banking, the company is listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. The group’s combined current market capitalization is approximately £4.7 billion. For this project, students worked to analyze the low interest rate environment in South Africa to determine what strategies would work best to implement a new credit-based retail fund.

    Information Memorandum Project

    The organization is a family office and advisory business. They provide investment and wealth planning services to high-net-worth individuals, families, selected institutions and charitable trusts. They manage global assets in excess of $650 million. That makes them one of largest independent advisory firms in South Africa – and growing. Interns worked to deliver an information memorandum for an equity partner. This included analysis of historical and financial performance, an independent DCF with commentary, reasonability check of information and forecasts provided by management, sector, and industry analysis.

    Information Memorandum Project Information Memorandum Project
    Footprint Expansion Project Footprint Expansion Project

    Footprint Expansion Project

    The company is a property development investment firm active in the Netherlands. They specialize in developments and long-term investments to which they can add risk-bearing value. Projects in their portfolio range from housing (purchase and rental), student accommodation, commercial properties and offices. For this project, the students looked at how to expand the company’s investment portfolio into Spain and Portugal. Interns analyzed investment properties in these markets and built ROI models.

    Pricing Strategies and Token Design

    Students will work for companies who would like to create a token to use for equity, or another application that is useful to them (e.g. for staff stock options). Students will use Ethereum as the platform to publish these tokens and handoff the contract to the company as a deliverable.

    Pricing Strategies and Token Design Pricing Strategies and Token Design
    Use-case Consulting Project Use-case Consulting Project

    Use-case Consulting Project

    Students will conduct a research project, and write a white paper about why a company should or should not use blockchain technology. The deliverable will also include what the economic considerations for the given token are - supply, participation incentives, etc.

    Unpacking the program

    Our program brings together the unique iX learning approach of live online courses, coupled with real-world projects. This ensures that students acquire relevant hard and soft skills as well as practical, hands-on experience, giving them confidence, a badge for their resume, and a career boost that stands out in today’s competitive job market.

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    High school students rub shoulders with expert alumni

    Your students will get to be part of a network and have access to an ever-growing iX Alumni. A number of these past students come from the top universities in the world, and many of them have gone on to work for fortune 500 companies in industries relevant to LaunchPad’s learning streams.
    Braden Casady
    Now working at Goldman Sachs

    From the people to the classes, I've never learned so much in such a short amount of time. iX also has prepared me for the upcoming interview process and I feel confident and ready to succeed.

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    Where our alumni land jobs

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