Partnerships that matter
thinklink is on a mission to make partnerships easy, exciting, innovative and impactful.
We facilitate partnerships that move our clients forward.
Partnerships are often seen as complex vehicles for delivering practical solutions, but they often miss the mark. They are transactional at best, losing out on the opportunities that exist. At thinklink, we see our clients as partners. We integrate a host of benefits into the partnership from the start, such as sharing our knowledge and skills. We co-create a strategy of engagement that impacts key areas of the business. This strategy includes a partner mapping process that maps out potential partners across the different industries – locally and internationally. We then open up discussions with potential partners based on the mission of the entity and our client partner’s matching criteria.
We help our clients prepare for every engagement with a potential partner. We look for common understanding, values, mission, learning and development in every engagement. Once a partnership has been formed, we support the magic that happens through a strong foundation of engagement, transparency and common understanding. We help all parties to see the possibilities that exist.
Making a positive change in society is important to us, as per the United Nations Sustainabilty Development Goals. We want to help build partnerships that matter so we can make a positive impact on society in a direct or indirect way, i.e. start-ups, NGOs, innovative entrepreneurs, corporates and pretty much anyone who has an impact vision that can result in a positive ripple effect for good.
View our case studies to understand how we think, how we strategise and how we bring together the right partners to achieve success.
Meet the team
Founder and Chief Partnership Officer
In 2020, Nishen started noticing how partnerships were more transactional in nature, limiting their own boundless potential. This sparked him to establish thinklink to promote and connect the right partnerships, helping them garner the full value they can bring for all actors in society.
Nishen is a collaboration practitioner and rainmaker, passionate about convening globally inclusive development dialogues with corporates, entrepreneurs, start-ups, impact investors, philanthropists, and governments to catalyse social change. He comes with over 12 years’ experience in building remarkable partnerships and raising over half a billion rand worth of funding from the social investment ecosystem for impactful projects. He is passionate about open innovation, innovative financing, the use of technology and working with teams to design BIG ideas to move things forward at scale.
Partnership Managing Director
Ayanda is an award winning, development and collaboration practitioner. She has more than 10 years’ experience in developing sustainable strategies for Corporate Social Investment. Her skill set also include project management, developing and managing employee volunteer programs, budget management, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder management, as well as managing BBBEE for Economic Social Development and the Financial Education pillars.
She believes that seeking out partnerships that matter allows thinklink to expand skillsets, resources, and offerings to create value. Ayanda adores the beauty of a good partnership, and how it brings different entities together to build something creative and fresh.
thinklink is a 100% black-owned company,
a BBBEE level one contributor.
thinklink works across private, public, and civil society spaces. We believe that these three actors are inextricably linked and should partner together to create long-lasting impact.
We have helped our local and international partners to deliver impactful projects across different sectors, including:
– Social Justice
– Renewable Energy
– Financial inclusion
– Community Development
– Emergency responses
– Safety & Violence Prevention
"In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."
“thinklink is a young, dynamic, passionate company that want to see a positive impact in society. They have helped us think through so many areas of our business which include our corporate social responsibility, capacity building and training, and project managing some of our major events, such our involvement in the World Ophthalmology Conference and how we position ourselves with local and global relationships. They fundamentally understand people and how to cultivate relationships and make waves once they enter the organisation.
Their network of partnerships and know-how has made them truly beneficial to National Medical Supplies as a business, and we happy to have them as a partner. A company with a serious vision, and one to watch out for the future. Work with them, we recommend their services, a game-changer.”
They know how to get you through the door to have engagements with partners that matter, assisting us in every step of that journey. Through their excellent stakeholder management skills, we were able to receive repeat funding from many of the donors which they facilitated engagement with and additionally, have been invited to collaborate with them in other spaces outside of the grant, thus solidifying these relationships. thinklink are also helping us currently to think through innovative financing models to bring greater sustainability to our organisation long term.
We recommend working with thinklink, and they will surely make an instant, sustainable impact.”
"The co-creation strategy session was engaging, stimulating and nothing short of amazing. I was deeply encouraged to see the amount of hard work and dedication you guys are willing to put in making my dream a reality. Not to mention the common values we share, of being impactful and making the world a better place. Creating opportunities for women and influencing change in male dominated spaces. My heart is filled with so much gratitude and I am truly humbled."
“thinklink is a bold and innovative solutions driven organisation. Headed up by Nishen Naicker, the team at thinklink consistently deliver excellence.
Our engagement with thinklink required the creation and implementation of a fundraising strategy and stakeholder engagement plan. thinklink exceeded our conservative fundraising target by 100%, achieving double what we had planned to raise and doing so in half the time we had anticipated.
We appreciate the professionalism with which thinklink has engaged with us and we highly recommend them as a partner for fundraising and transformation strategy.”
“Inclusive Education South Africa takes great pleasure in appreciating and recommending the support and expert service received from thinklink to date.
As an organisation that needed help urgently, thinklink has brought a sense of calm and strategic thought to our dilemma. The support and empathy for our cause is evident in the level of compassion and commitment we have received in challenging times. Ultimately the realization of resources and established relationships has been the pinnacle of our relationship.
We look forward to growing this beneficial relationship knowing we are guided and supported by a wealth of knowledge, skills experience, and empathy for our cause.”
"It is an honour and privilege to be a part of thinklink’s network. The thinklink team has successfully created a brand that fosters innovation, vibrancy and sustainable change for companies and the communities they serve. Their drive and passion for making a positive contribution in the world make them the best network partners you’ll ever come across. So if you’re looking for a results-driven, experienced, and highly skilled team to collaborate with, I highly recommend thinklink.”
"We recently engaged the services of thinklink to map out the donor landscape in our sector. Nishen immediately understood the brief and the report and feedback we received was both comprehensive and insightful. Their service was professional and efficient and we would definitely use thinklink in future."
"As a social entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges I faced in my start-up was sustainable funding and finding the right partners to engage. thinklink helped us with these challenges, and within a short period of time, made vital links between different partners, helped secure funding and supported us in managing our stakeholders. What makes them unique, is that they walk the journey with you, and they see their clients as PARTNERS - going the extra mile. They understand what it takes to build sustainable partnerships, and they are passionate about it. We highly recommend their services."
Working alongside Nishen has been a privilege. He lives his values, is fantastic at stakeholder engagement and fundraising and is passionate about what he does. His wisdom and balanced approach on the Board of MWI is refreshing: He adds immense value and has helped us navigate our way from a start up organisation to something that is beginning to contribute real value in the sector. I count is a real privilege to know him and work with him.