A hive of activity in Braamfontein this week


An exhibit of successful Jozi-based entrepreneurs will be on display this week for the J&B Hive’s 2018 creative entrepreneurial showcase event.

J&B Hive Applications are now open
Image Courtesy of J&B Hive Facebook


The showcase, forms part of its recruitment drive to attract and invest in small, creative start-ups and will be open to the public on Thursday, 27 September.

Set on the corner of two busy streets in Braamfontein, The J&B Hive is a communal workspace, event venue and creative incubator, where local entrepreneurs can apply for equity free investment to help grow their businesses.

Established in 2015, it was adopted by J&B as part of its quest to build a collaborative and innovative network in South Africa. As a brand, J&B lives and breathes for collaboration, believing it has the power to produce extraordinarily positive outcomes.

“We are calling all creatives in Joburg to come and see some of the incredible small start-ups that are thriving under The J&B Hive’s care. Our goal with the J&B Hive is to become the home of creative entrepreneurship in South Africa, giving the next generation of change makers the tools, skills, and resources, they need to succeed,”

says Ziyanda Malaba, J&B’s Senior Brand Manager.

The J&B Hive has a current membership community of 45 small businesses which are all rooted in the creative industry - from fashion to photography, cinema to music and more.

New membership recruitment happens on a bi-annual basis though an application process. With only a limited number of places available each year, the stakes are high. Those that make it through will be given financial support, mentorship, training and access to a membership network filled with the potential for synergy. They will also enjoy free access to the co-working space and its top-class equipment, including Apple software, cameras, lighting and more.

In support of the wider creative community and to encourage further entrepreneurial growth, The J&B Hive also allocates complimentary weekly slots where individuals or businesses can make use of the venue to either showcase their offering or host learning events. Again, this is an opportunity to meet other small business owners and build a foundation for possible collaboration.

As a global brand, J&B hopes that the Johannesburg hive will be the first of many around Africa and the globe. The idea is to create a global community that can tap into each other’s skills from across the world.

“The J&B hive is more than just a venue or a communal work space. It's an incubation hub that uses the power of collaboration and synergy to achieve great things. As a brand, J&B invests in the members not only to give them a step up, but also to create what we as a brand are most proud of - a network of businesses that can rely on us, as well as each other to grow,”

says Malaba.

Applications to become a member of the J&B Hive will be open on 28 September. For more information, visit https://www.thehivejohannesburg.com/



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