Lerato Agency turns 3 and pledges to give a hand-up to 3 start-ups

Lerato Agency, a PR & Digital agency, celebrates its third-year anniversary. Established during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic (when many businesses were contemplating their futures), Lerato Agency has not only survived the pandemic but has also become a trusted partner for crafting brands that people love. 

Founded in 2020, Lerato Agency emerged amidst a global pandemic that disrupted industries worldwide. Despite the uncertainty and economic downturn, the agency’s visionary founder, Pat Mahlangu, seized the opportunity to create a dynamic and resilient agency.  

The five love languages (services) at Lerato Agency are Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Design and Branding, Content Creation and Experiential Marketing. In celebrating the momentous milestone, Lerato Agency is showing love to three youth-owned businesses. Lerato Agency wants to turn three start-ups into brands that will stand the test of time. The agency will render its services to the tune of R300 000 (R100 000 per startup).  

The criterion for this initiative is as follows:  

  • The startup should be running for more than 6 months and less than a year. 
  • The startup must be youth-owned (between the ages of 18-35). 
  • The startup must be South African and registered with the CIPC. 

Startups that meet this criterion can apply by sending their business profiles to hello@lerato.agency and the team will be in contact. Since inception, the agency has worked with over 30 reputable brands of the JSE as well as the Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards and the Festival of Youth-Owned Brands.

Pat Mahlangu: Founder of Lerato Agency

“We are thrilled to celebrate the third-year anniversary of Lerato Agency, a milestone that marks our continued growth and success in the industry. As we reflect on our journey, we recognize the invaluable support we have received from our clients and partners. This initiative aligns with our core values of fostering entrepreneurship and sustainable growth. We are dedicated to growing and nurturing these startups into brands by investing our resources and mentorship,” says Pat Mahlangu, the founder and CEO of Lerato Agency.  

Lerato Agency attributes its success to a client-centric approach, focusing on understanding each client’s unique needs, goals, and target audience. By providing tailored strategies and leveraging the latest marketing techniques, the agency has consistently delivered measurable outcomes and helped businesses thrive in the digital age. 

Lerato Agency Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Founded in 2020 by Pat Mahlangu, Lerato Agency turned 2 on the 9th of July 2022. Lerato Agency is a PR & Marketing agency founded with the purpose of crafting brands that people love.

The starting point of Lerato Agency

Lerato Agency was born at a critical time in South Africa. When the world was still trying to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Lerato Agency was born. While a number of businesses were closing down and people were losing their jobs, Pat Mahlangu unlocked opportunities through Lerato Agency. During these dark times filled with uncertainties about the future, all the world needed was ‘Lerato’ (love) and togetherness.

Lerato Agency became a ‘beacon of hope’. Regardless of the economical state of the country at the time, the agency was set on creating opportunities and contributing to the economy of South Africa.

Image: Lerato Agency Logo

The ‘Lerato’ in Lerato Agency

‘Lerato’ means love in seSotho, because Lerato Agency’s core value is crafting brands that people love. The agency consistently thrives to build brands that people can resonate and fall in love with. Like every love story, Lerato Agency has five love languages – being digital marketing, public relations, content creation, experiential marketing and design. The aim is of the agency is to form meaningful, long-lasting relationships with its clients and their customers.

Brands Lerato Agency has worked with

For the past two years, Lerato Agency has worked with a number of brands, such as Brand Africa, Brand SA, SAMRO, Aunt Caroline and Himalaya to name a few. One of the biggest projects the agency has worked on is the inaugural Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards (YOBA).  

The creative team of Lerato Agency was behind the inaugural Top 16 YOBA awards, using the beloved five love languages. The agency is run by the youth and advocates for the youth, which is why it was the perfect fit for the Pat on Brands initiative, YOBA.  

The agency has continuously reflected the hard work of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to craft brands that people fall in love with. Lerato Agency intends to keep the momentum and continue moving to greater heights. Here’s to more years of spreading ‘Lerato’! 

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