SAP 009 - Teboho Khauoe; helping startups grow and scale using the lean methodology

Teboho Khauoe on the social African show

Teboho is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of Ignitor ED, a South African based startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch and scale new products.

Teboho has successfully helped numerous businesses execute the lean startup methodology. His primary interest is helping startups accelerate their success.

Personal life

“I’m a Sotho guy from South Africa. I love having fun and staying indoors. I’m a DVD and Netflix kind of dude. I’m about to get married in September as well so I’m very excited about that.”

My passion and area of expertise

“I’m a startup adviser. It’s a passion that I have. I love advising and coaching startups to grow and scale. I’m a growth marketing newbie as well which is a very exciting thing for me and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can on growth marketing so I can share it with the rest of Africa.”

A man of many talents

“I'm also an actor. I currently have a film production company. We have partners in the UK. The last project we did was a series called Kingmakers.”

The lowest of the low

“I’ve had about 5 companies that have all failed. I decided to start a casting agency and within a month we landed a really fantastic deal. Things were going really well. As I’m an actor as well, I was cast as a character in one of the big soap operas in South Africa and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”

“It didn’t work out well. The startup failed really quickly. And, what made things worse was that the character I was cast for was cut two months later, so I was left with no company and no income at all for quite a while.”

The lesson you learnt from your lowest moment as an entrepreneur

“I learned that one should really focus. Focus on one startup.”

That light bulb moment when it all clicked

“My light bulb moment came in 2010 when I started working for free. I started going to networking events, trying to meet new people and that's when everything changed. I started understanding myself more as an entrepreneur and as a leader. I started getting mentors and speaking to people and a wealth of knowledge and opportunity opened up to me."

What's got you buzzing about right now?

“I am really excited about the entrepreneurial potential In Africa. Also, having the ability to advise startups to help them grow and scale quickly.

I’m passionate about helping African entrepreneurs, especially those who think they don’t have the resources to grow because they come from challenged backgrounds.”

Lion's Den

  • What is the best African saying you’ve ever heard?

“Motho ke motho kabatho

a direct translation will be

A person is a person because of other people

I love that quote because it is makes you think about the people you surround yourself with."

  • What was holding you back from building your brand?

"The major thing that held me back was the lack of knowledge."

  • Do you have a daily routine that contributes to your success?

"I do a cold shower meditation where I focus on my breathing. It feels like a mental and spiritual detox. I focus on healing my body. Then I just spend the last couple of minutes meditating on my goals and what it is I’m going to do today."

  • If you have 24 hours to live what would you do?

"I’ll shut down my social media and my work life. I’ll spend it with my close family and my fiancee. I’ll definitely find every single opportunity to laugh and laugh as much as I can."


  • Tools you use to get ahead of the crowd

"Lead generation tools for B2B contacts; email addresses or even telephone numbers. I use two of these on a daily basis, they are: Clearbit and Voila Norbert

  • What is your social media of choice and why?

“I’ve got two; Linkedin and Twitter . Out of the two, I really love Twitter because it has the power to allow you to find the right people.”

  • Books you recommend for us to checkout

“I’ve got three books:

Words of wisdom

“Whatever you are going to do in life, whatever you’re going to try to study, make sure you’re learning a skill as well. A skill will get you from doing nothing to doing something.”

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