Creative Enterprises Hub partnered with Reed Exhibitions Africa to bring 10 South African startups from creative industries to pitch their businesses to an expert panel of judges in the hope of winning a trip to Copenhagen.


Each year, Creative Business Cup embarks on a worldwide search for the best creative entrepreneurs.  As South Africa’s host for the competition, Creative Enterprises Hub sends one creative startup to participate in the global competition in Copenhagen during Global Entrepreneurship Week.


This year’s local competition took place at the Dome in Johannesburg as a key attraction of the Small Business Expo hosted by Reed Exhibitions.


Ten candidates were shortlisted from the online applicants countrywide and were invited to participate in the national finals.  The national competition is a 3-day event with a two-day bootcamp and a pitch session. The shortlisted finalists pitched their businesses to a panel of judges.


The top 10 finalists this year - Big Ideas 3D Printing, House of Kayise, Kuna Kids, Logishi, Mashela & Mogane Interior Designers, Mkhozi Media, MunkyNutz Footwear, Traditional Games, Zonke Bonke Game Zone, ZuluGal Retro battled it out for the prestigious prize.


During the 3-day Expo, the participants are allocated exhibition stands to showcase their products to about six thousand visitors to the show as well as an opportunity to network with investors and other small businesses exhibiting at the Small Business Expo.

They also participated in a two-day bootcamp, where a line-up of speakers, who are all experts in their fields, helped them shape and polish their businesses as well as their pitching skills.

Creative Business Cup South Africa 2018

After much deliberation, the judges finally selected a winner: ZuluGal Retro


Nozipho Zulu, Founder & Creative Director of ZuluGal Retro will have the honour of representing South Africa in the Creative Business Cup Finals 2018 in Copenhagen. This event brings together more than 100 startups from 60 countries in search of the most creative entrepreneur in the world. The Creative Business Cup global Finals will be held in Copenhagen this coming November.  Congratulations to ZuluGal Retro!

A big thank you to this year’s judges: Beth Arendse, Director of South African Creative Industries Incubator, Ntai Khojane, Co-founder and Chairman of RSA Made Group and Bra Willy Seyama, CEO of eNitiate Integrated Solutions.

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