With art at the heart

Friends, business partners and occasional housemates, Carla Erasmus and Christa Botha met each other through mutual friends at a braai one Friday night in 2014. Less than a week later they had established Bofred – the name a quirky combination of Christa’s surname and Carla’s second name, Frederika – a boutique art, furniture and design business based in Cape Town.

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One Day By Night event for female entrepreneurs in Cape Town

We recently started a monthly dinner event in Cape Town for young women business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s called One Day By Night and the idea is to create a safe and galvanising space to share our experiences of running a business. More a “book club” than “networking event”, it’s a chance to sit around a table with likeminded women in an intimate setting and talk frankly over a glass of wine about the daily reality of our work lives.

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Understanding innovation

Much like content, the term innovation is everywhere. Companies must innovate, individuals must think and act innovatively. Startups are changing the world through innovation. Think Uber, Tesla, Airbnb and SnapScan, to name a few.

At a workshop presented by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership on 18 November 2015, Patrick Collings, sub-Saharan managing director of Idea Couture, unpacked what innovation means, why it’s important and how it can be achieved because, as he says, “it’s innovation’s time to sit on the strategy throne”.

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