Creating the World’s Greatest Smartphone Lenses for Any Phone Camera (Part Two)

In this second part of the quiq-e, founders of Limelens share on the mistakes and lessons learnt along their journey to building the world’s greatest smartphone lenses. Limelens is driven to create products that integrate into the daily lives of ordinary people.The company has seen great growth as a result of creating tools that reinvent old technology.

Creating the World’s Greatest Smartphone Lenses for Any Phone Camera (Part One)

In this quiq-e, founders of Limelens share on their journey to building the world’s greatest smartphone lenses. Driven to create products that integrate into the daily lives of ordinary people, the company has seen great growth as a result of creating tools that reinvent old technology.

The Pitbull in Heels Tells It All

Farah Fortune is possibly the most successful female entrepreneur in the public relations industry. Having founded her company 8 years ago she’s garnered experience that has led her to the top. In this Quiq-e with Laurian, she shares her tips and strategies to become the best in your environment

Quiq-e with Laurian: Siba the Entrepreneur Part II

Quiq-e is a bite-sized entertainment show hosted by Laurian Nortje. In this episode, Siba Mtongana talks about the importance for women and other young people to own their business ventures. She also gives health tips for entrepreneurs needing to keep up a high level of energy throughout the day. Siba is a celebrity chef known best for hosting the Food Network show Siba’s Table.

Quiq-e with Laurian: Siba the Entrepreneur

Quiq-e is a bite-sized entertainment show presented by Laurian Nortje. In this episode, celebrity chef Siba Mtongana reveals how she stays at the competitive edge of her industry by keeping abreast of local and international trends. Mtongana is best known for hosting the Food Network show Siba’s Table.

Quiq-e with Laurian: Lazuli designer—future doctor by day, successful fashion entrepreneur by night

Quiq-e is a bite-sized entertainment show presented by Laurian Nortje. In this episode we meet up with Layla Cassim of Lazuli to talk about design, passion, brand growth, and juggling med-school with the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Quiq-e with Laurian: Trevor Stuurman—Elle Magazine Style Reporter

Quiq-e is a bite-sized entertainment show presented by Laurian Nortje. In this episode we meet up with South Africa’s fashion and photography industry heavyweight Trevor Stuurman. We talk entrepreneurship, social media and design, all rolled up in a quiq-e.

Quiq-e with Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa: Africa’s Trendiest Designer

Quiq-e is bite-sized entertainment show presented by Laurian Nortje. In this episode we meet up with internationally acclaimed Laduma Ngxokolo to talk business, design, magazine covers and creativity—all knitted together in a quiq-e.

Is There Value in Entering a Congested Market?

Bokang Lehabe, the founder of Bookha Creations considers the challenges of entering a congested market, especially as a young entrepreneur with no experience and no capital. Is there always a way? Let us know what you think.

When Curious Conservatives Come Out to Play

Valerie Armani founder of Kahvarah seeks to find the middle ground between curiosity and being conservative within her clothing brand. She finds that experimenting with her ideas helps her learn quickly, whilst testing them out in the market shows her whether or not they are practical. Is it the practical who succeed, or the experimental? We don’t know. You tell us!

Empower Your Distribution Channel to Grow Your Business

Zoe, co-founder of Niche Hair Care (which is the distributing company for the successful T444Z brand) shares on the opportunities gained by entrepreneurs once they know about the market that they are in. It is always about research. Zoe shares on how the company has empowered its distribution channels to help grow the business.

In Time There is Always a Way – DJ Zinhle the Entrepreneur

DJ Zinhle, the celebrated personality, shares on her lessons learnt in starting her watch and accessories brand: Era by DJ Zinhle. She has discovered that there is always a way – there’s always a solution for any entrepreneurial problem – one must just find it.

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.

K-Word: Unapologetic Street Wear

Quiq-e is a bite-sized entertainment show hosted by Laurian Nortje. In this episode, we profile K-WORD: a socially conscious women’s street wear brand. Founder Cherize Ross shares on the opportunities for women entrepreneurs to break the glass ceiling—especially in the street wear market.

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.

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.

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.