The Caban Ambassador Programme's core focus is to bring successful entrepreneurs on board to assist with brand awareness and identify potential mentors in the various sectors.


Jared is a serial entrepreneur, an eccentric, fast-paced marketing professional, advisor to emerging companies, a speaker on entrepreneurship, marketing, social media and product development, founder of Million Baby, inventor of TodPod and is passionate about Innovation, web technology and startups. 

A runner up in season 2 of the Big Break Legacy reality TV show and a national finalist in the 2013 step-up technology innovation awards, He is also the founder of @PreneursUnite movement which is about creating a global entrepreneur society bringing entrepreneurs together in promoting entrepreneurship via networking events locally and soon globally.

Jared is a founding member of the African Toy Fair that offers manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products to both a local and an international market which is a first international toy and game fair to be held in Africa that will be hosted in Cape Town in 2015.

His specialties include: Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, SEM, CRM, Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, Online Brand Management, Product Innovation, Product Design, Rapid Prototyping, Entrepreneurship, Web Technology and Tech Innovation.


MSc Computer Engineering (BUCH), CI (UP), Researcher in Management of Innovation (WBS) 


Raluca is a senior technical and entrepreneurial executive with more than 23 years of experience in managing technical departments, managing research and innovation projects at design and implementation levels. She is a results-oriented achiever involved in identifying technological innovation that will accelerate economic growth.


Her strengths include assessing and auditing technical innovation projects in ICT, alternative and saving energy, bioscience, social and community based innovation and skill set includes Java development, web and database design, cloud service and computer architecture, PC boards design, mobile platforms and cloud services, big data analysis.   


Raluca started her career Romania where she worked as a System Engineer at Government Ministerial Departments. She then moved on to the role of Chief of Computer Department at the Research Institute of Fine Mechanics and Instruments in Bucharest.


Raluca then launched into her international career as a member of the EU Leadership Thinking Tank in Brussels and then onto TECHNONET AFRICA, a network for supporting Africa entrepreneurs working as a link coordinator for entrepreneurs , at UNDP. Raluca is also an IBM International mentor for IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program from 2013.


She is also a trustee of SA Institute of Inventors and Innovators from 2011. She adds her contribution for enhancing and nurturing the culture of innovation in SA by giving guidance to SA emerging innovators.   


She is currently based in South Africa as an external technical innovation consultant working part time for Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII) at IDC from 2000 and this year she was engaged by Resilient Africa Network - South African Innovation Laboratory - to coordinate their innovation department at UP. Under this position she developed and facilitated courses in Design Thinking and Theory of Change after she got trained by ChangeLabs/Stanford University/USA.  


She was recently invited to be a judge in the panel of judges for Innovation Summit Garage at Cape Town Competition 2014.


Achievements include:

  • Producing due diligence and audit reports for around 300 applicants involved in industrial innovation projects (mainly electric/electronic and IT).
  • Mentoring and coaching the SPII applicants (~300) for developing and implementing their innovation projects from idea to diffusion 
  • Mentoring more than 200 innovators, members and applicants enrolled at The Institute of Innovators and Inventors for developing their ideas to the market.
  • These innovators were guided with patience and care during the full cycle of innovation  
  • Finalist in innovation competitions in 2012 and 2013 and mentor and judge at IBM Smart Camp at San Francisco 


She is proficient in English, French and Romanian.


Raluca’s motto is, “Where the sun shines, there too is shadow. Be illumined by the light of knowledge no less than by its shadow”. (Patton, 2002, p. 429)


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BSc (Chem) and (Biochem) (Hons)


Siya is the author of Conversations with JSE AltX Entrepreneurs and The Best Advice I Ever Got; a highly-acclaimed speaker; seminar leader; scientific and business researcher; business development coach and an extraordinary entrepreneur. Siya spent most of the last 10 years doing scientific and business research in a career that has cut across various fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) drug research (contrast agents), Investment Analysis, Equity Trading, and Entrepreneurship. Siya is a 'Business Scientist'. For years Siya has been having conversations with some of the most remarkable self-made millionaire and billionaire entrepreneurs, and business executives, seeking to understand the psychological make-up and deep-rooted principles and beliefs that set these individuals apart from the majority of humanity in terms of getting results.


Siyas unique expertise is in articulating the breakthroughs and success secrets of mega-entrepreneurs and business leaders and the underlying scientific principles that individuals, teams and organizations can apply to improve their lives and business results. His clients have included JSE, Sanlam, Standard Bank, Deloitte, Build It, SME Survey, Cape Chamber, PetroSA, BMF, UCT, International School of Investment and Finance (Europe), The Millionaires Club and thousands of entrepreneurs and service professionals in speeches and seminars across South Africa. His audiences have included diplomats from countries such as US, France, Monaco, Austria and Belgium. His media appearances have included SABC2, CNBC, e TV, Financial Mail, Destiny Man, African Banker, Business World Botswana, RiskSA, JSE Magazine, Succeed Magazine, Blaque, Mercury, Beeld, BBQ Magazine, 702, SAfm, Classic FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Goodhope FM, Heart 104.9 FM and other media. His inspirational speeches and events have been sponsored by Old Mutual, Nedbank, Standard Bank, City of Cape Town and other major organisations.


In December 2010 Siya was honoured by The Striding Man Society an initiative of The House of Johnnie Walker as one of the 30 South African Striders featured in the first ever coffee table book, Celebrating Strides.