#YouthMonth: Think like these young, creative African females...
Think creative hub, think big, think wide, think innovation, think storytelling, think branding, think design, think people, think different, think advertising, think social change.That’s what you’re implored to do when you visit the Think Creative Hub website.
@Nkgabi_Motau and Mukondi Ralushayi are THE SISTERS THE WORLD DESERVE!!! Founders of ThinkCreative and creators COCA-COLA "Bobby" (The dog looking for his name) These ladies speak Women Power and we should respek their names!!! �������������� pic.twitter.com/JhePa9vugD— The Glitch (@TipiDang) November 8, 2017
Work they've done on their own under Think is just as impressive:
It’s plain to see why the fiery femmes received the Financial Mail AdFocus New Broom Award last year, presented to groundbreaking individuals or small agencies.
Bursting with talent and enthusiasm, Ralushayi and Motau say, “We love working on content that celebrates powerful women doing amazing things.”
Last year, the duo also judged entries into the 48-hour local film challenge from Cinemark as part of the 2017 Cannes Young Lions competition. They’re clearly all about empowering others and giving them a boost up the career ladder.
This #YouthMonth, we find out just how Think Creative Hub is breaking new ground when it comes to creative thinking…
Motau: We literally just took the plunge in March 2016. We had been dreaming of starting our own business for a while and it began to feel as though the perfect time would never arrive, so we went for it.
Thanks to @Nkgabi_Motau & Mukondi Ralushayi co-founders of THINK Creative Hub for sharing their entrepreneurial journey. @Radio702 @CapeTalk pic.twitter.com/rI7C8NUWBD— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) March 29, 2017
Motau: We wanted a simple name that explained what we do. There are so many new businesses in the creative space and we wanted our clients to know exactly what our offering is, creative thought.
Ralushayi: As young black women, we have a unique understanding of a target market we are a part of and not externals of, therefore we provide ideas from a perspective that’s not foreign to the market.
Excellent, That doesn’t mean it’s been plain-sailing , though. Share a few of the obstacles you've had to overcome since starting out.
- We didn’t have an office for the majority of our first year.
- We received some skepticism about being a two-person team.
- We were told once or twice that we look young, which I have since decoded as a way to say we seem inexperienced.
Ageism at its worst. What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs looking to make a name for themselves in this field?
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.
- Don’t pay attention to the naysayers.
- Always have a great attitude.
Share a few of your proudest achievements thus far.
Ralushayi: We are most proud of the FM Adfocus New Broom Award, the Mesh Club ‘Entrepreneurs who are transforming the industry’ award, and for winning most of the businesses we’ve pitched on!
The New Broom award goes to #ThinkAgency #AdFocusAwards17 pic.twitter.com/vHioo0x4CE— Legend Manqele (@LegendManqele) November 22, 2017
Motau: To me, the future of entrepreneurship is micro. People are able to work and trade from anywhere on smaller devices, so it feels like the organic next step is for big international corporations to take up less market share and give way to smaller, smarter, indigenous outfits.