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Sibusiso Ngwenya

SSS is a premium sock brand whose founder began with an unusual fascination with socks – thanks to his mother who insisted he washes them inside out when growing up. The turning point which led to the stage where his brand is sold in a reputable retailer was when CNN interviewed Sibusiso through THUD which launched him into the world. A training & development program on business modelling ended with a capital investment into SSS which helped to further accelerate growth.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    Skinny Sbu Socks
  • Started: 2013
  • What they do: Clothing -- Premium socks
  • Turnover bracket per annum: R200 000 -- R2 000 000
  • No. of Employees: 4
  • www.skinnysbu.co.za

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Mogau Seshoene

Having started the business as a food blog dedicated to publishing lessons and recipes for the modern woman looking to prepare African cuisine, The Lazy Makoti’s growth has been impressive. THUD was a stepping stone as Mogau won R150 000 seed funding when she pitched her business at THUDpta in 2014. The Lazy Makoti has its own line of cooking ware and accessories and has a clientele ranging from individuals looking to master African cuisine right to companies seeking to provide top-notch catering at their events.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    The Lazy Makoti
  • Started: 2014
  • What they do: Produce & sell cooking ware. Give culinary classes / lessons
  • Turnover bracket per annum: R50 000 - R199 999
  • No. of Employees: 2
  • www.thelazymakoti.com

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Shalton Mothwa

With a stellar background in electronics, nuclear physics, Information Technology and nuclear project management, Shalton co-founded Epoch Microchips. A hardware development company renowned for its ground-breaking AEON power bag – a wireless charging device / system for laptops and mobile phones. Mothwa was our Just Pitch 180 competition winner at THUDjozi in June 2014 which saw him eventually win R1 million funding through the SAB Foundation and the Technology Innovation Agency.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    Epoch Microchips
  • Started: 2014
  • What they do: Hardware & wireless charging systems
  • Turnover bracket per annum: Research & Development phase
  • No. of Employees: 3
  • Online: In development
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Marcia Mofokeng

Alurcia gained prominence and became one of our rockstars when it became a national finalist in the SAB Kickstart competition run with The Hookup Dinner in 2014. Marcia’s business manufactures, installs and does repairs in glass and aluminium windows, sliding doors and shop fronts. They sell the concept of dressing your home and while at it, keep it safe with durable windows and doors.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    Alurcia Aluminium & Glass
  • Started: 2014
  • What they do: Produce aluminium, glass & sliding doors / shop fronts
  • Turnover bracket per annum: R50 000 -- R199 999
  • No. of Employees: 2
  • www.alurcia.co.za

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Nkululeko Khumalo

IntroB SA Concepts is a black-owned media company. Their areas of specialisation are Events, Branding, Marketing & Public Relations. They are renowned for the private and corporate events they host in Durban, South Africa. IntroB’s aim is to be able to provide the most professional service to clients in the industry with great efficiency.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    IntroB Events
  • Started: 2014
  • What they do: Events & Marketing
  • Turnover bracket per annum: R200 000 to R2 000 000
  • No. of Employees: 8
  • www.introbsaconcepts.co.za

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Njabulo Makhathini

Mobile Booster is in the business of producing the most portable and mobile way to charge on the move without carrying your wall charger and cables. Their products comprise of phone case chargers as well as solar lighting. Mobile Booster got spurred on when Sir Richard Branson visited the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Braamfontein, Johannesburg in 2015. They showed him some of their products and he ended up buying one for himself.
Quick Stats
  • Company:
    Booster Africa
  • Started: 2014
  • What they do: Mobile energy (smartphone cover and cases / wireless charging)
  • Turnover bracket per annum: R50 000 - R199 999
  • No. of Employees: 2
  • Online: In development