Entrepreneur Profiles

Entrepreneur Profiles

Why Head of Van Dyck Carpets Believes To Innovate You Must Question The Status...

Academic Dr Mehran Zarrebini is applying lessons in analytical thought, working with mentors, and embracing diversity for business growth.

Inside The Mind Of The Travelstart Risk Taker – Stephan Ekbergh

R648 million. That’s how much Stephan Ekbergh recently sold 49% of his company Travelstart for. How did he do it?

En-novate Goes Toe-To-Toe With The Best In The World

South African entrepreneurs can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer, but they need to think bigger. Much, much bigger.

Kevin Vermaak And His (Cape) Epic Adventure

This year, for the very first time, Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak will be a rider in the race he created 13 years ago. It’s been a gruelling journey, from R8,5 million in debt and facing certain failure, to refusing to give up and tackling challenge after challenge head on. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.

How To Build Your Business Like A Boss

Five brilliant growth lessons from top-performing South African entrepreneurs.

How Ian Fuhr Built Sorbet – The Beautiful Business Empire

Here’s how Ian Fuhr entered the beauty industry for the first time in his 50s, and has created a recession-proof brand that everyone loves to love. This is the story of Sorbet.

How Craig Bright And Brian Little Launched Rocking The Daisies

The first Rocking the Daisies festival left its founders more than R400 000 in debt. Craig Bright and Brian Little decided to keep going anyway. It took four years to settle that debt, but they knew they were breaking into an industry notorious for low margins and even losses.

How Paul Simon Built YDE With No Cash

You can’t buy success: The founder of YDE and Über Flavour on how lean business models force real innovation and problem solving and build R100 million+ businesses.

How Dial A Nerd Managed To Dial Up Profits

Dial a Nerd’s enduring success is realising that profits matter more than bright lights and courting equity partners. To grow profits brothers, Colin and Aaron Thornton, have strategically brought their turnover down and today run a simpler, consolidated and more sustainable company. This is their story.

How GetSmarter Got Smarter

100% year-on-year growth. That’s what brothers Sam and Rob Paddock have been achieving with their online education business, GetSmarter. They’ve tapped into a growing market and formed valuable partnerships with South Africa’s most prestigious academic institutions.

It’s Brilliance or Nothing for The Creative Counsel Co-Founders

The Creative Counsel is a wild ride. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. And co-founders Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner have radically changed one of the oldest and most traditional industries in modern business.

Paycorp’s R1.2 Billion Success Story

At 25, Steven Kark read an article about entrepreneurs in the US who were making a huge success installing ATMs in retail centres. He quit his job, cashed in his savings and jumped on a plane. This is how he took an idea everyone said was crazy, and turned it into a R1,2 billion business. By Nadine Todd

Quinton van der Burgh on Changing the Game

From selling phones from the boot of his car in Pretoria, to making and losing millions, Quinton van der Burgh has had his fair share of highs and lows. This self-made billionaire has always remained a risk-taker, and even though those risks haven’t always paid off, he’s kept his eye on the prize.

8 SA Entrepreneurs Who Built Proudly South African Businesses

In celebration on Heritage Day - we've put together a list of Proudly South African businesses that embody our South African Heritage.

10 SA Entrepreneurs Who Built Their Businesses From Nothing

Remarkable stories about local entrepreneurs who built big businesses and well known brands up from humble beginnings.

How Billion Rand Business USN Was Launched From a Small Kitchen

USN might have started small, but Albé Geldenhuys had big plans. It’s taken him 15 years, but he’s built a business that has an international footprint, he’s left both local and international competitors in his dust, and he’s done it through a mix of savvy decisions, costly mistakes, and never slowing down – not for one minute.

How Mad World Grew From R1 500 and a Beat-Up Car to a Group...

A brother and sister team, Adelaide Potgieter and Solomon Potgieter, have overcome many of the obstacles that are common to all start-ups and built a diversified R60 million Mad World business.

How Michal ‘Loopy’ Luptak Turned a Dangerous Retail Space into a Surprising Place

Michal ‘Loopy’ Luptak is certainly an unconventional self-starter,while working at a lucrative auditing firm he took the crazy decision to live in Ponte Tower. But this decision would lead to a social entrepreneurial quest with a project that had legs, and a very big heart. By Catherine Bristow and Michal Luptak

Alfie Cox The Racing Legend: On Humble Pie and Passion

South African motorbiking champion Alfie Cox focuses on his business, Alfie Cox Racing, but says racing has stayed in his blood.

These 5 Golden Questions Ensured Year-On-Year Growth for One Way Up Productions

One Way Up Productions has some unique stories to tell, including how founders Zaheer Cassim and Dave Mayers built it on some very traditional business principles.


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