Cape Town, December 2011. Cape Town based incubator, the Telkom Bandwidth Barn, has named Shift ONE as the top start-up in their 2011 Velocity-Y enterprise development programme.
The intensive six-month programme assists Cape Town-based start-ups by offering them mentorship and training. This year the programme started with 20 participants and ended with 8 pitching to a panel of expert industry judges, of which Shift ONE digital was selected as the top-scoring new business.
“Shift ONE digital showed all the qualities we were looking for in a start-up: passion, focus, drive, energy, expertise and commitment,” says Mauritz Gilfillan, Programme Facilitator at the Bandwidth Barn. “Dylan Kohlstädt, founder and Marketing Director of Shift ONE, excelled in all aspects of the course, which was remarkable as most of the participants were of the highest calibre this year.”
Shift ONE digital offers marketing support to entrepreneurs, focusing on developing top-converting websites, emails, acquisition, conversion and retention campaigns. Dylan Kohlstädt has over 15 years’ experience in traditional marketing, and 6 years online marketing experience in Cape Town, London and Melbourne.
“I was delighted that Shift ONE was accepted onto the programme, and thrilled that we took top honours,” says Dylan Kohlstädt, Marketing Director at Shift ONE digital. “The experience gained from being on the Velocity-Y programme was invaluable, and helped us go from a mere concept to a fully-functional business within the space of just three months. Thank you Bandwidth Barn, Cape IT initiative, Telkom, Provincial Government Western Cape and the City of Cape Town.”
The Telkom Bandwidth Barn was started in 2000 and is widely regarded as a leading business incubator globally. The Barn focuses on developing entrepreneurs in Cape Town by providing training and support for new businesses. This training includes presentation skills, basic accounting and financial management, project management, strategy and business model generation. The Bandwidth Barn is a subsidiary of Cape IT Initiative (CITI), a Section-21 company, and the Velocity Y incubator programme is sponsored by Provincial Government Western Cape and the City of Cape Town.
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