Paul Bacher

Founder & Chairman, National Mentorship Movement. Founder and CEO of ORTJET


Paul has co-founded and built a number of start-ups that have gone on to become leaders in their respective industries. Some examples include NetActive (one of the leading ISP's that listed in April 1999), Call Centre Nucleus (which grew to be the leading outsource call centre co in SA) & NetFlorist (the largest online flower and gifting business in South Africa). While at CCN, Paul put together the first National Call Centre Industry Body (SACCCOM) and was elected as its first CEO.

Paul is also the founder of ORT JET, an organization to enable business leaders and practitioners to provide mentorship to struggling small businesses in South Africa's Jewish community. In 2015, he went on to found the National Mentorship Movement (NMM), which will extend that work throughout South Africa. The aim is to provide a sustainable nationwide mentorship programme across all sectors of the South African economy which, by 2020, will connect 100,000 active mentors to a million entrepreneurs in need of mentoring. It is currently in full swing. In 2015, Paul decided to move back into the business space full time.

Paul sits on various communal Foundations and Trusts, such as Foundation 2000 and the ORT South Africa Operational Trust. He is married to Yocheved and they have 3 boys and 4 girls aged 23 to 8, and 2 grandchildren.


  • Enterprise Development

  • Skills Development

The National Mentorship Movement (NMM) is an initiative born out of the successful collaboration between such entities as The Black Management Forum (BMF), The Jewish Business Support Organization, ORT JET and corporate South Africa. It is proud to have the involvement of some of South Africa's leading businesses such as Deloitte, FCB, Primedia and many of South Africa's leading business executives from across many industries.

NMM is more than an idea. It is a belief in the power of the innovative spirit of South African's to make our country great by tapping into the collective knowledge of successful South African business leaders and entrepreneurs. The objective is to connect the right mentors with the right entrepreneurs, and in so doing start a conversation that will lead to the exchanging of ideas and experiences thereby increasing the chances of success.