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A Vegetable Quiq-e: Creating a Global Brand

Casey Veggies and Anwar Carrots of Peas & Carrots International share on their creative tips to building a global brand. Revolutionizing street culture the entrepreneurial team has branched into South Africa after finding success in the United States and United Kingdom.

Being an Entrepreneur: 15% Passion. The Rest? Admin

My Name is Damian Goliath. I grew up in Kimberley. I am the eldest of four boys who were raised in a single parent home. Life was pretty tough. From a young age I had to learn to fight for what I wanted. I attended good schools due to scholarships I earned for cricket and hockey. I also ended up losing those scholarships as I was a rebellious mischievous boy to say the least.

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K Word: Unapologetic Street Wear

K-WORD is a socially conscious women’s streetwear brand. Founder Cherize Ross shares on the opportunity for women entrepreneurs to break the glass ceiling – especially in the Street wear market. Opportunities exist everywhere!

Stitching to Make it: Urban Culture 101

Diva and Sarah of Merwe Mode (a young South African Fashion Label that’s mixing its European street fashion influences with the creativity and independence of South African designs) dispels the myths about being successful in the fashion industry: “it’s not…about how you dress…it’s how the stitching looks!”

Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?

2Bop, the video game inspired brand, is one of the most influential street wear brands dominating the Southern African market. Their secret to success? Growing slowly and steadily – taking it one step at a time.

 

Butan: The Remix of Bantu Culture

Julian Kubel (founder) and brand rep Sammy of Butan talk about the financial challenges faced by designers in Street Wear – including lack of trust by investors. Butan Wear (founded in Cape Town) remixes the cultural heritage of South Africa, and gives it a new meaning. Over the years, the brand has expanded across Southern Africa, and is endorsed by various celebrated personalities such as Proverb and Slikour.

Passion. Care. Ubuntu

“Passion, Care (as the root of everything that I do) and Ubuntu” are the three words that describe me. Passion, because i’m passionate. Care, is the lense with which I look and measure my actions and those of others around me. Ubuntu, because it is the centre of my ethos, I believe in the African philosophy that we are all equal and interconnected – we are not fully human alone. This opinion is the absolute foundation of everything that I do in business.

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Starting Afresh: A Bheki Kunene Exclusive

Bheki Kunene is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and respected young entrepreneurs. The success of his company, Mindtrix, enables him to change the lives of over 40 people. But his journey was not easy to overcome because of his name.

With the infamous track record Kunene has had to start afresh: going from being known as a “thug” to a mogul.

The Blue Ocean of Interior Design

When I was a kid I used to spend hours making furniture for my Barbies and setting up their home before I even got to the actual ‘playing’. As a teenager my mother would also quip that if you stood in one place in my room for too long, you would be painted and redecorated. The art of design has always been a part of me. This passion, God, family and friends is collectively the inspiration that allows me to overcome all the challenges I face in pursuing the dream: Sion Studios. Continue Reading →

The Business of Discrimintation

David Morfaw from Cameroon, founder of Poult-Voult Inc, confesses about his worst day in business. “N****, leave us, because you haven’t put much money in!”

Morfaw is the 20 year old founder of one of Africa’s fastest growing agriculture business.

The personality of African youth entrepreneurship

Chineye Okoro Onu, of Mosaicspiration Project, inculcates artists in Ghana with social enterprise and innovation skills, by converting waste into art, and selling it for profits. Onu has faced many challenges in her entrepreneurial journey – but her smile and engaging personality has helped to keep both her and her team inspired.

Some footage courtesy of Anzishaprize.org

Work to make your idea work!

Jeffrey Mulaudzi – a 22 year old entrepreneur based in Johannesburg – talks about the key to his entrepreneurial success: hard work. His strategy is simple: you have to work hard on your ideas for them to work in the market. At all times, you also have to treat your clients like kings. #entrepreneurship101 Sometimes, its the simple things that make the difference!

Definition: Social Entrepreneurship…

Thato, founder of Repurpose Schoolbags, felt the need to do something about school kids in her community carrying books in plastic bags, and decided to re-purpose the bags making them durable and environmentally friendly. Thato is the runner up for the 2014 Anzisha Prize

Entrepreneur by passion. Googler by Spirit

3 companies started. 1200 entrepreneurs helped. 100 business plans. 163 stamps in 2 passports. 49.6 days in planes. 33 800 hours studied after high school. 61 950 hours on a computer.

Craig Wing, one of Africa’s most influential entrepreneurs, talks entrepreneurship and office culture in a quiq-e.

The Business of Food

People in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face a range of challenges, sometimes caused by malnutrition. Adding to this, the country does little to invest in its local agriculture sector: it imports produce which grows in the region. Instead of importing; these products could be harvested, processed, then exported to international communities. To know that the DRC is one of the poorest countries both in Africa and the rest of the world, yet, 90% of its’ land is arable is the driving force behind my brand. It gives me the impetus to continue developing my brand – whether to eradicate poverty, or simply to try.

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Where have all the Russian entrepreneurs gone?

When I was 17 years old, then a nerdy high school student in Moscow, I created what the Russian government has been desperately trying to engineer — a start-up with some of that Silicon Valley–style magic. It was innovative, tech savvy, ahead of its’ time, cleverly marketed and could be run out of my parents’ apartment, to minimize costs. By the time I graduated from one of Moscow’s elite universities, the company was on its way to making me a millionaire. Being on the right track, you’d expect me to not want anything to change, right? Wrong. The company was also getting big enough to get the wrong kind of attention from officials. So I took no chances.

Trash can be Medicine

I heard the tragic story of Khaerunissa, the three-year-old daughter of a garbage collector who died in 2005 from chronic diarrhea because her father could not afford the medicine to treat her. As a doctor the story inspired me to create a change in the system, that there would not be any more Khaerunissas in Indonesia today.

Change Starts Now

For a nation that once boasted the likes of Sony, Toyota and Mitsubishi as its entrepreneurial heralds, Japan’s entrepreneurial record in the new millennium is surprisingly sparse. Entrepreneurs in Japan have become the exception rather than the norm. There are a range of issues that impede entrepreneurial activity. Common problems faced by aspiring entrepreneurs include the lack of venture capital, labyrinthine government regulations, and the dominance of large companies. Yet for all these factors, it takes two hands to clap – you need both an environment conducive to startups as well as people who aspire to be entrepreneurs. Thankfully, I am one of them.

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My Worst Day: Rejected at the Eleventh Hour

Zuko and Zukile Mabombo, the founders of Khayelitsha Ushers, share their story on how they survived their biggest business disappointment yet. Today the brothers have found a way to make a success out of their business idea – getting back up, after they were knocked down!

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.