The J&B Hive Acts As A Catalyst For Johannesburg-based Entrepreneurs!

An open call to help entrepreneurs to either turn their revolutionary idea into a reality or to take their existing business to the next level, saw over 400 applications from various disciplines. After a rigorous selection process, an eclectic mix of the region’s brilliant business minds were chosen to become a part of the ever-growing J&B Hive Johannesburg community.

These include, Walk Fresh (a boutique sneaker cleaning and shoe-care service), Leaders of the Future World (a creative media label that provides support to alternative artists), Black-Belt (motion graphics and visual effects), His and Hers Jams (a multi media music event), Blak Pepper (an online fashion store), Ekurhuleni Fashion Festival (a two-day runway and fashion exhibition event), African Legacy Project (a strategic media house, focused on branded entertainment and television productions), Kofi Afrika Food and Coffee Bar (Soweto’s first premium coffee company), Social Yaruna (an out of the box, pop culture and art event), Tshepo The JeanMaker (a premium ready-to-wear clothing brand), We Make Better Music Than You (a music production academy by Raw X Studios and Productions), Bathu (a shoe line that tells the township story to the world), Wolf&Co (a café  with good food and collaborations based in Tsakane) and I Am (is about supporting and bringing exposure to the art and the people creating it). The selected game-changers will be assisted in making the right connections to take their projects to the next level.



The J&B Hive Johannesburg functions as a workspace, a cafe as well as an events venue which regularly hosts internal as well as external events around entrepreneurship and creativity. The model revolves around a win-win for its members with support offered through various forms of resources such as infrastructure; which is inclusive of a co-creation space to operate from 6 days a week, a pool of video and camera equipment at members’ disposal as well as access to individual and industry specific mentors for peer-to-peer sessions 3 times a week – a programme for skill sharing.  Included, are various learning events as well as financial investment, which is offered to selected projects and determined by the project’s potential to give back to the J&B Hive community as well as the greater entrepreneurship scene in the country, based on the scale of the opportunity presented.Located in the centre of Braamfontein (100 Juta Street), the J&B Hive was founded by, and is now run by Independents United (innovation specialists), Creative Nestlings (a network of young Africans creatives), Black Nation Media Group (digital media and content strategists), and J&B whisky (a whisky which has always had an entrepreneurial spirit).The call for applications, which was the organisation’s second, was made in November last year.

The J&B Hive Johannesburg is available for people looking to host events. For a list of upcoming events visit: and if you would like to host an event visit:

* Entrepreneur profiles attached. J&B is not for sale to persons under the age of 18.
About The J&B Hive Johannesburg
The J&B Hive is a community of entrepreneurs and creatives in Johannesburg, bringing truly revolutionary pieces of work into the world. The J&B Hive belongs to game-changers; whether it is an inventive new product, pervasively untapped sales channels, and projects with the potential to massively impact communities or films and photography that tell your story the way you want it to be told. The J&B Hive community is built to make these revolutions happen.About Independents United
Independents United was born as a network of diverse entrepreneurs, working together for 10 years to make revolutions happen. A leader in the corporate-startup partnership space, they actively seek out and invest in innovative leaders, startups and companies with a clear purpose and mission to shape change in a rapidly evolving world.

About Creative Nestlings
Creative Nestlings is angovernment agencies and regional bodies to harness the under-utilised social and economic value of creativity.

About Black Nation Media Group
Blacknation is a digital media and content strategy start-up with a focus on establishing brands, digital or traditional media platforms and content with long-lasting impact. Their vision is to become a voice that resonates with the Pan African youth across the globe. Media platforms include Blacknation Digital, Blacknation Magazine and Blacknation Television.

About J&B Whisky
J&B’s tale is one that is forever challenging convention; its history is rooted in romantic ambition and entrepreneurial innovation. J&B’s reputation of doing things its own way inspired its style, built an empire and immortalised its pioneers. J&B has almost always been in the hands of people ready to do things different. Now, centuries later, it’s time to invest in others who share the same spirit.