Top 5 Most Influential Young Business Leaders 2021. There are a lot of young people all over the world that have ventured into entrepreneurship, they have found their passion and are making great efforts to make sure that they build businesses that leave a positive impact in society. These 5 young business leaders have demonstrated this in South Africa, with how they run their companies and what their companies do for the society. Below are the Top 5 most influential young business leaders of 2021.
Theo Baloyi is a 32 year old entrepreneur from Pretoria South Africa, he is the founder and CEO of Bathu Shoes, a sneaker brand that he established in 2015. Baloyi has managed to build his sneaker brand so that it can reach the level of success that it has reached today. It is one of the leading black owned sneaker brands on the market. In 2021 Baloyi has managed to take Bathu and introduce it in the international market, by doing this he has managed to earn himself and his business various business awards such as Retail store design of the year – Bathu; Employer of choice – Bathu; CEO of the Year – Theo Baloyi; GQ Business Leader of the year – Theo Baloyi and Entrepreneur of the Year (Africa) – Theo Baloyi.
Mihlali Ndamase is a 25 year old South African make-up artist and entrepreneur, she is the founder of Malakyt, South Africa’s most reliable independent beauty specialists platform. Ndamase rose to prominence through her make up and beauty content that she was creating, she gained a lot of social media followers and she was able to formalise her make-up business. In 2021 Ndamase was able to attain 1.6 million followers on Instagram and she established her independent beauty specialists platform which is helping small beauty business entrepreneurs with a platform to advertise their services.
Lekau Sehoana is a South African entrepreneur and founder of Drip Footwear, a sneaker brand that has taken the South African fashion/shoe industry by storm. Sehoana has managed to build his brand to a point where it is a trusted and formidable business. In 2021 Sehoana managed to further expand his company’s brand value through partnerships with South African rapper Cassper Nyovest to create ‘Root Of Fame’ a subsidiary of the Drip brand, that has already released its first sneakers. Sehoana has also managed to lead the company into achieving its goal of adding more stores so that it can continue to create employment. The company is now on its 19th store and with Sehoana leadership skills, it is set to add more very soon.
Mbali Sebapu is the founder of Hermosa Flor Cosmetics, she is a vibrant businesswoman making waves across Africa, she hails from Soshanguve, a small town north of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. Sebapu founded Hermosa Flor Cosmetics because she wanted to pursue her passion of being in the beauty industry. She didn’t just want to create a brand but she wanted to create something that will have a huge impact in the industry, it can be said she has managed to do such as her brand is one of the most known and trusted beauty brands in South Africa. Through her leadership skills the brand has managed to open its first physical store and it is planning on expanding its reach through opening more stores in the future.
Mashudu Modau is a South African entrepreneur and founder of Lutchadotcom, Lutcha is a digital podcasting company that aims to change the African Millennial narrative through digital content. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through his platform Modau has given young people a voice and space where they could express themselves on the issues that are going on in the country that affecting the youth. By highlighting entrepreneurship the company is influencing a lot of young people to consider it as a way of creating employment as this will make their way of living a bit better.