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.
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.
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.
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
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?
Often, I say that I stumbled on my business idea. The Jathropha tree is a very common sight in Tanzania. So when I learnt (after attending a conference with my brother) of the tree’s medicinal qualities from its’ seeds, I thought: Jackpot, there is an opportunity here.
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 →
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.
The end-user is the driving force behind your business. So, before you do anything, before you start cutting code or arranging pixels, you really need to think about them.
Entrepreneurship in Morocco is fairly new – almost like a culture shock to the traditional business mentality that the civilians have come to know. So much so, that it is quite ironic that this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit is to be hosted by Casablanca, the capital city of Morocco.
Michael Masinga is a graphic designer and founder of Studio Thinkers currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.
One of Masinga’s most recognized works is The Proverbs Project, which illustrates the wisdom of the Biblical book through typography. Each typographic artwork is framed, printed on t-shirts, sweaters, throw pillows, and tote bags. It was also transformed into an eye-catching coffee table book. He showcased at the Design Indaba 2014 as an emerging creative.