Top 10 Most Influential Black Owned SA Start-Ups 2021

Top 10 Most Influential Black Owned SA Start-Ups 2021! The definition of influential is someone or something that has an impact on or shapes how people act or how things occur. A person who convinces others to listen and do what he suggests is an example of an influential person. These companies have had significant impact in people’s lives throughout South Africa. Below are the top 10 most influential start-ups in South Africa in 2021.


3DIMO is a South African startup which provides intelligent tools and insights for livestock health and welfare management. 3DIMO is pioneering the use of novel connected technology and data-driven approaches to enable early detection of health risks among farm livestock. Its vision is to empower farmers globally with data insights that will help them in monitoring livestock health and welfare. 3DIMO is a sport tech company that aims to optimise injury detection and prevention using athlete-specific orthopaedic biomechanics data. Rather than simply reacting to a costly and debilitating sports injury, sports data science company 3DIMO is aiming to prevent the problem occurring in the first place.

Adapt IT Holdings Limited

Adapt IT Holdings Limited is an innovative Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed ICT Company based in South Africa. The Adapt IT Holdings Limited (Adapt IT) group is Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed and a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) contributor that provides leading specialised software and digitally-led business solutions that assist clients across targeted industries to achieve more by improving their customer experience, core business operations, business administration, enterprise resource planning and public service delivery.


Bathu is a South African footwear brand started by entrepreneur Theo Baloyi. Bathu is building a sneaker brand that Africans can proudly affiliate with. It believes in creating world class sneakers, creating sustainable jobs and reigniting hope. Bathu Shoes itself has a unique and interesting start-up story. Theo Baloyi, the founder of the brand, started creating and selling shoes he made in the backroom of his uncle’s house, in a township of Alexandra, while studying his BCom accounting degree.

Drip Footwear SA

The brand has seen a meteoric rise in recent months – a true South African rags to riches story. Founder, Lekau Sehoana, started making shoes and clothes for him and his family back in 2003, which he quickly turned into a business and started selling them at school in 2004. His first creation came in the form of recycled soles from an adidas sneaker, sewn together with denim cutouts from an old pair of jeans.

Inga Atelier

Inga Atelier is on an objective to present traditional African design to a global market, a premium brand that forges a new path instead of adhering to trends and clichés. The company seeks to share their hand-made African artistry expertise with the world. Inga Atelier is in a class and concept of its own. Launched in Johannesburg by Creative Director Inga Gubeka, the brand is the next level of cultivating and celebrating the diversity that resides within the continent of Africa. Now with an international following that continues to expand with each collection, Inga Atelier is dedicated to creativity and innovation for the upscale and fashionably forward.

Portia M Skin Solutions

Portia M Skin Solutions is a privately black owned, led and managed, Centurion based company which was established in the year 2011. Portia M Skin Solutions  is a Level 1 BBBEE contributor and a Proudly South African certified company. Its vision is to become a leading skin care and cosmetics brand in Africa and the world at large, specialising in quality skin care with locally sourced  ingredients. The company is very passionate about its community projects working with women and youth in economic empowerment. The Portia M Foundation has been established and actively focuses on : Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility, Youth Development and Mentorship.

Mofaya Energy & Cool Drinks

Mofaya is an energy & cool drink company founded by Sbusiso Leope also known as DJ Sbu in 2015. Mofaya energy & carbonated soft drinks is for all Africans of passion who move to their own beat no matter their colour, culture or creed. MoFaya started out with one energy drink variant, which was followed by the introduction of three additional flavours. Now, the brand has launched a range of 12 carbonated soft drinks. MoFaya stands for quality and symbolises true African energy. Empowering and encouraging the #HUSTLE which has become so synonymous with MoFaya.


RICH MNISI is a South African based brand that was founded in 2015 by Rich Mnisi, who also serves as the brand’s Creative Director. The brand was born from Mnisi’s desire to connect deeper with his culture and heritage as well as to tell a compelling story through his art. Rich Mnisi works with several small factories and by doing this t is increasing the value chain of the local fashion industry. The company is committed to be a brand that is socially responsible, environmentally conscious and a brand that contributes positively towards building an industry with fair labour practices and empowered workers.

Hermosa Flor

Hermosa Flor is an African brand for African women. Its purpose is to accentuate the original beauty which already lives within. It is a professional range of make-up products made to enhance the beauty of African women. Beauty to it means being comfortable in your own skin and the magical moments you create when you feel confident. Hermosa Flor is a cosmetic brand made for women by women. Derived from the Spanish meaning beautiful flower, Hermosa Flor Cosmetics aims to empower and radiate the strength that exists in one’s core existence one glowing beat at a time!

Livestock Wealth

Livestock Wealth is a South African crowd funding company that focuses on funding for cattle; it connects investors with farmers that require funding by using cattle as a form of investment. The company introduced South Africa to Crowdfarming and it has been refining its product offering, streamlining processes and helping their clients grow their wealth. It was founded in 2015 by Ntuthuko Shezi who serves as the company’s CEO. The platform has helped clients to invest in tangible, growing assets at the click of a button. Innovation is at the heart of what the company does as it aims to expand its product range and to become the foremost Crowdfarming platform in the world. It guarantees the returns or profits of the clients as the assets are insured by the farmer.

By Thomas Chiothamisi

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