It’s no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers then men when it comes to fully participating in the economy.


Vuyisa, who has an extremely impressive list of accomplishments and titles where he has been, or still is instrumental in bringing positive impact to good business for good. His support and role as a Strategic Advisor for AWIEF on the 2017 Advisory Council, is a very real example of “He for She”, where strong influential men support the advancement of women as equals.


Not only is he a Tech and Small Business Advisor, but he is also a Host / Presenter for Business Beat at Cape Town TV, a Writer / Contributor for Business Report and a popular Speaker for Business/ Entrepreneurship and African tech startup.


VUYISA QABAKA is a lean start-up practitioner and partner at venture builder, Entrepreneur Traction. He holds directorships on various start-up boards, and a non- executive director seat at the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF).


Past projects have included setting up creative business strategies and innovation spaces, as well as consulting at executive committee level, with a focus bringing disruptive market positioning, offbeat social impact initiative and ecosystem development. Being involved with numerous companies and projects over the years, Vuyisa has built up extensive experience in corporate communications, business innovation, business development and marketing. His journey into entrepreneurship already started as a 2nd year student when he was involved with launching a student magazine and the Afriquezeen restaurant at UCT Upper Campus.


Vu or “Chief”, as he is known in business circles, currently consults in marketing and communications for the ICT industry in the Western Cape and gives back through various social impact initiative, such as Impact Mzansi, Open Design Festival, Purple Cow Ventures and the Farm Mzansi cooperative.


He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Property Analysis at the University of Cape Town and a Design Thinking in Practice short course from the D-School, at the UCT Business School. Vuyisa is currently studying towards a Certificate in Digital Money through Digital Frontiers.


Vuyisa is a regular tech media contributor and has a weekly column in the Business Report, part of the Independent Media Group and the largest English language business publication in South Africa. He also writes a blog on the township economy called Kasi Economics (read more at and mentors start-ups in various townships for the Kasi2Kasi initiative. But his media talents extend further than just writing. He is the television host/presenter of Business Beat on Cape Town TV (DSTV Channel 263).


Company Directorships:

• Entrepreneur Traction

• Vuyisa Capital


• FOMO Travel

• Abaphumeleli Ventures



• Conference speaker

• Consulting

• Advocacy and organising

• Moderator/Adjudicator

• Columnist/ Writer


Advisory/Charitable Boards:

• SA Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF)

• Open Design Festival

• Purple Cow Ventures

• Umgibe Organic Farming


Current Projects:

• Kasi2Kasi Initative

• Seedstars South Africa

• Ventureburn Digital All Stars

• AWIEF 2017


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