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The Mascot Team

Theuns Nel - Founder

Although Mr. Nel is a man, and probably one of the finest around, he did manage to give precious birth to a new invention which he christened Mascot Mug. Theuns Nel was born in Newcastle, Northern Natal and grew up a farm boy on a farm about 20kms outside of the town. His hobbies on the farm included bokdrolspoeg, wrestling with the pigs, starting fires, smoking indigenous leaves, and getting every farming machine in the region stuck. Theuns Nel attended Hilton college in the Midlands from 2008 until 2012. His Oom Piet was heard saying that "If that school cannot piece that Loskop together, then no institution will be able to."

His dream was to be a professional human scarecrow on the farm, but because crows did not pose a real threat and the fact that he cannot sit still for 1 minute, he was rather encouraged to study Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. A battered and bruised Theuns eventually got given a rolled up scroll called a degree and got begged not to continue his studies due to the tremendous suffering he had caused his lecturers while trying to get him through the engineering undergrad programme. Mr. Nel did not hesitate in adhering to their commands, and so he decided to go along a different path- That of an entrepreneur.

Mr. Nel decided to pursue a design that he had had for a relatively long time and see what he could get out of it. Although Theuns Nel has spent most of his life swerving more than a taxi dodging potholes in the Transkei, he is an individual that has been blessed with an incredibly capable mind and attitude. He understands concepts very well - especially those involving engineering and business- and he has the urge to want to make the world a better place, one day at a time until all those efforts accumulate into a global change. He is a firm believer in being "the change you want to see in the world". Theuns dedicates all the wise choices he has made in his life to Ron Burgundy of Anchorman.

Gizelle Meyer is the mother hen of the team, and without her, Theuns and Piers would probably be buried somewhere in Kayamandi. She is the brains behind most of the cool stuff you see online and her keen understanding of the marketing and sales game, combined with her joyful personality, are factors that Mascot Mug would be nothing without.

Gizelle joined the Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab in June 2016 as Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the marketing strategy and general marketing at the LaunchLab which includes, managing various social media platforms, PR, the LaunchLab Blog and building relationships with LaunchLab sponsors, partners, potential resident companies, and guest speakers as well as project managing LaunchLab events. Gizelle previously worked as Account Executive for Hatch Communication; a PR and Social Media agency situated in Stellenbosch and managed various wine-industry related accounts. In her spare time, Gizelle enjoys ministry and spending her time helping those in need..

Gizelle Meyer
– Marketing and social Media