Thunder University is an Industry-Driven Education Platform

Introducing the Master-Apprentice model for the modern age!
Apprenticeships have a long tradition, dating back to around the 12th century. Training took place under the watch of experienced craftsmen where the apprentice received continuous mentoring. The Apprenticeship method focuses on the progressive development of skills in a real-world situation. The Master-Apprentice model is ideal for achieving employer requirements for junior employee roles.

Thunder University is a decentralized education ecosystem completely driven by the Industry, it is being built on top of blockchain technology. We aim to take our 5-year proven model from IndustryConnect to 50 cities worldwide with our channel partners.

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Thunder is a web platform based on a combination of learning and hands-on experience taught by skilled practitioners. The Thunder platform takes the proven success of the Master-Apprentice model established at Industry Connect to the next level. Not only does this kick-start an individual’s career with an immediate paying role, but also establishes an ecosystem that connects Apprentices with Masters and Employers, and also Angel Investors keen to invest in exciting new ideas. The decentralized model will remove the unnecessary intermediaries and incentivize the industry more efficiently.

The Thunder platform delivers Verified Skills & Experience as the new “degree” via its Smart CV – think of it as a decentralized Linked In. Thunder is a greenhouse for entrepreneurs, a continuous talent pipeline and a pool of opportunities!

Proof of Model

By our successful business

Over the past 5 years, Industry Connect (100% under our operation) has developed and validated a business model that enables participants to rapidly learn new technologies and launch their careers as quickly as possible.

In a nutshell, it is similar to the way that masters and apprentices have worked together for many centuries. Apprentices need to find a skillful master; the masters teach the apprentice strictly and introduce the apprentice to a project. The apprentice learns by being directed and mentored through progressively more difficult tasks until the apprentice is ready to work independently.

During 2017, Industry Connect initiated ‘Project Billion’, to pilot this Master-Apprentice concept online, via a web and mobile app, within our own cohort of participants. During this time, we have achieved outstanding results and received extremely positive feedback. Industry Connect has further developed the Master-Apprentice process through automation, gamification and AI concepts introduced throughout the program. These have been well received by our participants and very effective in achieving participant results and gaining positive feedback.


The Apprentice investigates what subjects they are interested in and then finds relevant Masters. The Apprentice selects a Master to find out what commercial projects the Master can offer. The key skills gained will be recorded and stored on a decentralised blockchain along with the Apprentice’s profile. Skills and experience will be owned by the individual apprentice.


The Master decides which Apprentices they will accept. By training Apprentices, skilled practitioners simultaneously earn revenue and progress their project tasks and product development whilst training prospective talent for their team. Masters are reviewed by Apprentices and insights are fed back to the Master so that programmes and projects can be constantly improved.


The Employer can create programmes to attract Apprentices who want to join mentored programmes. The Employer can also create a scholarship programme for the Apprentice to learn specific domain knowledge required by the business. They can also run competitions with reward incentives to identify Apprentice talent as future employees, overcoming a key obstacle to business growth.


The Angel has the opportunity to invest at the very beginning of a project life cycle. By observing a team culture and identifying true entrepreneurs, The Angel is able to to de-risk their investment as they get involved in the creation of the new business model as it develops. Angel investment incentivises both The Master’s project and training programmes, which has a multiplying effect on available resources for developing the project.


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Z Dojo

The “Thunder Z Dojo” is a collection of Thunder Experience Centers available to members of the Thunder community, with plans to set up in 110 cities around the globe!

  • Bookable seminar space
  • Bookable meeting rooms
  • Bookable desks
  • Cafe & Restaurant
  • Hosting industry events like meetups
  • Hosting the Master’s face-to-face sessions
  • Hosting industry job fairs and employer sessions
  • Project meetings
  • Start-up support services and incubator

Incentivizing Education in the modern Economy

Thunder is a platform to enable industry-oriented education in the modern economy.

Bolt Token

The Bolt is a blockchain-based token used as credits. It is the standard token within Thunder to acknowledge participants for activities within the ecosystem. We do not plan to allow Bolt for trading purposes.

Bolt tokens are used for:

  • Pays for training programmes and services
  • Takes out loans to cover programme fees
  • Earns tokens for specific project work or other activities
  • Is paid for teaching and mentoring Apprentices within programmes
  • Issues loans and scholarships
  • Remunerates Apprentices where appropriate
  • Receives investment into projects
  • Rewards employees who develop new skills
  • Issues loans, scholarships or rewards
  • Pays for access to premium platform information
  • Provides seed funding to projects
  • Issues loans, scholarships or rewards
  • Pays for access to premium platform information
  • Pays for access to AI insights and processes
Thunder Z Dojo
  • Is paid for providing shared, bookable office space and meeting rooms
  • Is paid for office consumables (e.g. printing, coffee)

The Marketplace

Users can use the token as an acknowledgement to other people’s work. Users can list their skills and measure the value by the tokens.

Smart CV - Professional Profile

The Smart CV stores your privacy and data that you have control with.


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The Thunderous Timeline

The Thunderous Team

Juanita Strydom

General Manager

Alecia Britz

Business Manager Australia

Mercia Pretorius

Sales Manager Australia

Karla Montgomery

Project Manager

Justin Pham

Development Lead

Mitul Jani

Scrum Master

Hari Kotha


Ruying Ng

Software Developer

Toby Yuretich

Software Developer

Nick Johnson

Software Developer

Garry Singh

Software Developer

Daniel Choi

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