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.

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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All you need is soap and water!

Ruth McNaughton, the Port Elizabeth based, young entrepreneur makes garments using mohair and felt with a variety of knitting techniques. She opens customers’ eyes to the exciting world of sustainable design and its endless possibilities.

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Michael Masinga: the proverbial designer

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.

The entrepreneurial tragedy

Without differentiation in the market, there is no growth. Without growth, there is no business. Its that simple! Continue Reading →

First you don’t succeed? Try and try again!

Erika Wessels, a young jeweler, based in Salt River Cape Town had to learn to not give up. She made her first sale after the third showcasing at one of South Africa’s most thriving markets at the Old Biscuit Mill. Last week, her now popular brand showcased at the Design Indaba 2014, a major event for the city of Cape Town as the World Design Capital.

When Chairs Teach You

Simone Biggs, young interior designer, recently quits her job security to follow through with Edu Chair: an educational chair targeted at children ages 3-8. She showcases for the first time at the Cape Town Design Indaba 2014, a major event for the city as the 2014  Design Capital of the World.

Innovative Carpentry

Inga Gubeka is an entrepreneurial designer based in Cape Town. His innovative and beautiful take on carpentry has afforded him global distribution opportunities from his plywood bags. Showcasing at the Design Indaba 2014 Inga watched the world come to him, finalising deals with European retailers right through to Australia.

Turning Blankets into Trench Coats

Thabo Makhetha emerging designer and young entrepreneur showcases at the Cape Town Design Indaba 2014. Her traditional Basotho blanket trench coats attract international exposure this year, as Cape Town hosts one of its’ major events as the World Design Capital.

Big up to Thabo, you have made us warm and proud!

Know your market!

What happens when you turn an experience into an online business and localize the content? You win every competition you enter! Continue Reading →

Doing business in the hood! Why not?

In every step of the journey I have had to prove myself. Initially, corporates would not touch me because I am black, young and have a small business.

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Its ok to Burp … when you are making money from it!

We only care about the problems identified. That is the purpose of our business … to provide the solutions.  Continue Reading →

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Entrepreneurship 101: making lemonade from lemons

You have to work twice as hard; negotiate twice as much; and think “simplicity”at least half of the time. Continue Reading →

Creating wealth ekasi (township) #iamyoungpreneur

A township is not a place for the poor. Well, at least not in Vincent’s case.

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My Zimbabwe, Her Zimbabwe

Having a team of two, reaching 300 000 people per month … good enough start!  Continue Reading →

Calling all creatives to BOASTON SOCIETY

Elisha Mpofu: Content Producer. Creative. Entrepreneur.

In Zim and Bold

From model to entrepreneur … I am not just a pretty face.  Continue Reading →

Strato: The Brand that Kept Calling

I have always liked fashion. When I was around 8 or 9 I would walk around the house modelling the clothes I found in my bedroom closet.

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It’s a tea story

Tea has always been the foundation of the business idea; and, after recognising the fast-paced world that we live in, I thought to myself: Why not try take-away tea? Continue Reading →