South Africa

Emma Kaye is the Founder and Director of Happy Hounds. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Cape Digital Foundation. She is also the founder and CEO of Bozza a mobile platform that enables artists in Africa the ability to self-publish and distribute directly to their audiences. It is the platform to discover the next generation of talent. Focused on contextually relevant content, Bozza is the digital marketplace for African media and entertainment.

Before setting out to give sustainable business direction to an African mobile brand Emma co-founded Triggerfish Animation Studios, an entrepreneurial, independent film & entertainment company based in Cape Town.  In May 2007 Emma founded Gate7 a new media, content, and mobility company featuring three main streams of involvement: mobile consulting in the business of entertainment and social community; full implementation capacity of mobile strategies; and groundbreaking social development, utilizing the mobile platform. And in 2008 she co-founded Mobfest – Africa’s first User Generated Mobile Content platform. The first channel, a Novel Idea, was launched to provide serialised fiction written specifically for access on mobile phones.

Much awarded, Emma was elected as one of the top 50 women globally in Mobile Entertainment in 2009 and 2010, was selected by the Mail & Guardian as one of South Africa’s top businesswomen in 2010, and was in the top five most influential Women in Africa within the field of Science and Technology for 2011.  She sat as a Juror of the Digital Emmy Awards in February 2014.  Emma graduated from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 1991 with a BA (HONS) in Business and Computer programming.