What to Expect at The Festival of Youth-Owned Brands



Get ready for an extraordinary event that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative talents of South African youth. The Festival of Youth-Owned Brands will precede the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards brought to you by Standard Bank. The Festival promises an unforgettable experience as it showcases the top youth-owned brands in South Africa at the richest square mile in Africa.


The Festival will be held on the 14th and 15th of June 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre,
starting from 09:00 to 17:00 on Day 1 and 09:00 to 15:00 on Day 2, followed by the highly
anticipated award ceremony at 18:00.

The Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards recognize and honor excellence among the youth,
acknowledging their significant contributions not only to the South African economy but also to
the country’s overall image. The festival serves as a platform for these exceptional young
entrepreneurs to showcase their brands, products, and services to a diverse audience, offering
an immersive entertainment experience.

Discover the best of youth-owned brands

Throughout the two days, attendees will be immersed in an atmosphere buzzing with
entrepreneurial energy. They will have the opportunity to engage directly with the brand
creators, interact with the showcased products and services, and discover exciting local brands
they may not have been aware of before. Supporting local businesses and learning about their
unique offerings will be at the forefront of this festival.

Over 30 speakers

The Festival is dedicated to creating opportunities for the youth, and as such, many young
people are involved in bringing the festival to life. Renowned marketers and entrepreneurs,
including Thebe Ikalafeng, Lebo Lion, Bulelani Balabala, Miles Kubheka, Tshepo Mohala, and
Mbali Sebapu, will conduct insightful masterclasses.

Great entertainment

Expect extraordinary entertainment throughout the festival, as young performers take the stage and captivate the audience with their vibrant energy. Among the talented line-up is the singer/songwriter Boohle, whose captivating voice and unique style promise to be a highlight of the event, Daliwonga and Kabza Da Small.

In addition to performances and masterclasses, the festival will offer engaging activities that
encourage participation, creating an immersive and dynamic experience for all attendees. This
event is not only a celebration of the passion, drive, and talent of youth-owned brands, but also
a recognition of the expressive visionaries.

The festival will culminate in the highly anticipated award ceremony on the 15th of June at
18:00, where the most expressive and visionary young entrepreneurs will receive the
prestigious Top 16 Youth-Owned Brand Award – the Gold Standard of Youth Excellence.
Tickets for the Festival of Youth-Owned Brands are available at https://top16yoba.co.za/tickets/. Choose from a range of ticket options, including a 1-Day Pass for R156, 2-Day Pass for R256, Award Show ticket for R716, or the Full Package for R1116.

Join us for an extraordinary celebration of South African youth-owned brands.

About Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards

The top 16 youth-owned brands awards are a platform that celebrates and recognizes youth excellence. This spectacular initiative aims to support youth-owned brands and makes sure that their efforts are seen. These awards acknowledge that these youth-owned brands are contributing to job creation and economic development in South Africa. What started off as an online portal that celebrates the excellence of brands has now become a platform that these brands are given a chance to shine and known throughout the country. Shining a light on the ones who dare to make a difference.

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