Launch of ‘Sisonke Design Sprint’

Jul 18, 2018 | bstrat News

bstrat challenges SMME’s to share skills with 100 percent black-owned start-ups

18 July 2018

Press Release – for Immediate Release

SISONKE DESIGN SPRINT LAUNCHED BY bstrat TODAY IN HONOR OF MADIBA It’s no secret – when small businesses succeed, communities thrive.

Mandela Day 2018 sees the launch of the bstrat ‘Sisonke Design Sprint’ initiative. With Sisonke meaning “We’re together” or “Coming Together”, bstrat challenges other Small Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME’s) to match this drive to work together to share skills with 100 percent black-owned start-ups.

bstrat – an SMME brand, packaging and design specialist agency of 23 years – will identify outstanding black entrepreneurs, their companies and brands through an application and selection basis to partner with them, taking the design of their branded packaging to an award-winning level.

Strategic and highly creative, regionally relevant designed packaging sells products, a luxury many start-ups pass off, due to lack of resources.

How will it work?

The initiative will open for two, two-week application periods per annum, allowing South African 100 percent black owned start-ups the opportunity to pitch as potential candidates of a packaging design sprint, at *no cost, coupled with expert advice and world class design.

CEO, Gail Macleod says, “To launch the initiative we are proud to say that our first SMME has been selected and today, Mandela Day, we begin the sprint to craft their packaging design. The progress will be shared on our social media platforms.

The next application will take place in March and October 2019, followed by a 2-week adjudication period to select the successful candidate, who will be welcomed into bstrat’s world of design and packaging for 2 months.

Gail Macleod – a brand visionary – started bstrat in 1996, from her kitchen at home, with no funding, and built the business through projects, and now is a founder member of glba [global, local, branding alliance], spanning 6 continents, working alongside leading brand and packaging SMME’s in 7 countries. bstrat is now part of the world’s biggest brand and packaging specialist alliance.

“Sharing skills can make all the difference. Not only do we understand the challenges start-ups face, but also feel that we have a responsibility to give back and use our talent where it can best be used to foster a community”, says Macleod. “bstrat prides itself on finding pragmatic approaches to ‘connected packaging’ that greatly enhances user experience, generating increased loyalty and customer recruitment.”

South Africa, being a growing entrepreneurial nation, often fails to give the support to these spirited and passionate individuals who can assist in making communities thrive. To address this, bstrat has decided to step in and share their learnings and to start sharing the unique skills they have to boost the start-ups in need.

The centenary celebration of Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact and provide opportunities for those that are excluded in society.

With that in mind Gail Macleod and the highly talented team at bstrat will, through the ‘Sisonke Design Sprint’, share their skills with the foresight of making a difference one SMME at a time.

“It would be great to see other businesses in the chain, such as label printers, plate makers, and distributors even retailers, step into their place in the chain of successful product and brand development packaging from farm to fork,” Gail adds.

To follow the 2018 Design Sprint launched today, go to:

*Value of the Sisonke Design Sprint R60,000.00 not transferable or exchangeable.

*Full details of the Sisonke Design Sprint application process will be available on when application opens in March 2019.

Who is bstrat?

bstrat is a brand and design agency that partners with brand owners to innovate, ideate, strategise, design and craft packaging concepts that talk to consumer insights and is always astutely driven by both aesthetics and function.

Known for providing commercially successful solutions for local heroes and global giants, our team will help put your brand on a growth trajectory, bringing functionally and regionally relevant, emotionally engaging, technically finessed packaging to local and international markets.

With over 300 global packaging innovations, disruptors, designers and packaging engineers, bstrat Branding aims to build deeper connections through universal insights.

Part of the glba (Global Local Branding Alliance), our local inputs are reinforced with international outputs from Germany, China, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and the USA.

Packaging speaks volumes!