Most Worst Day: Rise and Fall of a Millionaire

Raymond Vicani, founder of Raymond Landscaping and Gardening Services, tells the story of how his landscape company rose to success and quickly lost all of it…in the same year. Moral of the story? Choose your partners wisely!

My Worst Day: 18 Gangster Museum

Wandisile Nqeketho shares on the disappointments he’d face as a young entrepreneur looking for funding for his interactive gangster museum

My Worst Day: Communication with Client

Mali Tyafa realized the need to communicate with the client at their level of understanding. Ezibukwayo Interactive, his design company, now adapts effective communication as a key business object. The company is based in Khayelitsha

My Worst Day: Closing a Deal Before Cash

Siyavuya Mlungu is an entrepreneur at Hubspace Khayelitsha – an incubator for entrepreneurs in limited resource communities. His company, Growth Business Consultancy, mentors small business entrepreneurs. He often asks entrepreneurs the question: do you have a customer?


Cutting the costs of Accounting

For the founders of Outsourced CFO, financial planning is at the heart of a thriving business. The company provides businesses the services of Chartered Accountants without the costs of employing them. They find being at The Barn to be a working strategy as they literally operate where their customers are.

In the Tech Doctor’s Room

Medical doctors create The Open Medicine Project. The organisation makes use of technology to help health care workers by providing them with the right information required at the point of care. One of their applications detects the emergency state of the patient based on its’ symptoms. The Bandwidth Barn creates the environment for the doctors to connect with techies.

Africa’s Android Solar Powered Computer

Founder of Capsule Technologies introduces Africa’s android solar powered computer to the market. The innovative project that has the potential to influence the technology space of South Africa, was developed in a small room at TheBarn.

Kick Ass Technology – Obviously!

To Robyn Farah, founder of KAT-O, technology inspires her because it proves that anything is possible. Having started the company only six months ago, she is now one of Cape Town’s most dynamic influences in the tech space. Her interactive marketing brand is based at TheBarn.

It takes Love to Kushn

Greer Valley and her husband Themba Mntambo are the founders of Kushn. In just over two years they have built one of Africa’s most trendy leather goods brands – sourcing materials from Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.

Selling Ice in Winter

Co-Founder of Las Paletas (Spanish for ice lollies) talks about how her & her husband have successfully built the now famed sorbet and dairy brand. By adjusting their product offering they were able to convert the seasonal product into a must-have in winter.

The Travelling Brand

The four founders of Vagabond Kitchens employ a dynamic strategy: their brand identity changes as their location changes – being true to their name. In a world where identity and location impact success, these entrepreneurs are flipping the concepts of strategy 101 over.

Butter just got nutty!

Anton van Heerden is the founder of ButtaNutt Tree Nut Spreads. At the Good Food & Wine Show he shares on the dynamics of growing his business. First he must educate his market, then sell his products to his consumers and continue to build strong relationships with both suppliers of tree nuts and the consumers. This simple procedure (after a year of operation) has allowed him to expand his product offering.

How to turn your craving into a sweet success

Susan Labuschagne and her sister are behind the founding of the successful family business: Sweet Temptations Toffees. At the Good Food & Wine Show 2014 she shares how her mother’s business influence has grown her confidence and communication skills to help interact with customers.

Susan’s role in the family business is customer interaction and sales, and encourages other young entrepreneurs to be confident in what they do.

Ethical Food that Actually Tastes Good!

Four principles behind building an organic food brand!

Founders of “Inside & You’re Out” share their strategy behind the success of the brand at the Good Food & Wine Show 2014. The company is a mobile burger concept of seriously gourmet organic burgers – a first on the African continent!

The Department of Coffee: A fresh cup of reality

The Department of Coffee


The founders of Department of Coffee (DOC) explore the challenges of bringing a new entrepreneurial concept to an environment. Is it possible to introduce a market to a new idea, or should one work with ideas known to be successful in specific communities?

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Rocking the boat through social enterprise

The largely open-plan concept 3,100-square-foot space includes a lounge area with views of the bustling Robert Sobukwe Road. There is a corner nook by the fireplace perfect for brainstorming sessions, with two meeting rooms and a seminar room for when privacy is needed. In designing the space, it was important to me to develop an environment where members are inspired to be innovate, are able to work collectively as a group as well as have the potential to bump into their next business partner.

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The sixth sense for the blind

The inspiration behind creating Mubser came from wanting to help a close friend who lost his eyesight in an accident at the age of 15. Initially it wasn’t about creating a business, but rather trying to figure out a way to help him. Mubser is a wearable belt fully equipped with Bluetooth and Microsoft Kinect, that guides visually impaired individuals to navigate safely around objects and obstacles using a system of vibration motors. Continue Reading →

Being the Outlier in IT

I decided to name my application after a fruit- Ffene, which means ‘jackfruit’ in Luganda. I didn’t have Apple in mind, although I am aware of the similarity, it wasn’t the biggest consideration. The name was about finding an object that was familiar, not technical and intimidating for users.

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