Marnus Broodryk was born and bred in the small town of Harrismith in the Free State, South Africa. With parents who couldn’t afford his school fees and being raised by a single mom, his ‘rags to riches’ success story reads like a movie script. He started washing cars and cutting grass to pay for his own school fees and later worked 18 hour days to get through articles and part time tertiary education. Fast forward 10 years and Marnus has built one of the most valued and successful accounting firms in South Africa, was the youngest investor ever to be on the international television show Shark Tank and in Marnus’ own words “this is actually just the beginning of my career.”
Today, this 31 year old entrepreneur is the CEO of The Beancounter. The Beancounter is an accounting firm with a unique business approach: It uses the best cloud technology to enable business owners a better understanding of their businesses. It also assists them to make smarter business decisions and assess their numbers. SMEs often do not have the capacity or knowledge to perform its own financial functions, an essential function in all businesses; hence the team of The Beancounter provide the necessary skills and assistance at an affordable cost.
In 8 years, The Beancounter became one of the most sought after accounting firms in the country and a majority share was acquired by the JSE-listed company, Transaction Capital in 2016. Marnus’ new mission is to combine the skills and technology of both companies and create platforms and technology to fund small businesses around the world.
Besides The Beancounter, Marnus has spread his wings to other business prospects. Amongst other, launching and selling 3 tech companies, a glass company, a construction company, and even a vegan restaurant. He was also involved in helping other entrepreneurs reach their dreams by providing seed capital and mentoring. Many of these individuals went on to create multi-million rand businesses. One such business is Karabelo Civil Services where Marnus is still involved today. It started with a R20,000 loan and today, this company employs 200 people and has the biggest road maintenance contract on the N3.
Marnus is also a familiar face on TV. In 2016, he was asked to participate in M-Net’s reality series Shark Tank South Africa and he also hosts a weekly insert on KykNET’s Winslyn, where he shares advice and tips with aspiring and established entrepreneurs on how to start, manage and grow a business.
Marnus is arguably one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in South Africa and has become a thought leader and advocate for small business owners. Through his own platforms he regularly shares information, hosts various events and recently started a community called the “Entrepreneur Zone” to connect established entrepreneurs.
Marnus Broodryk has come a long way from the lawn mowing, car washing teenager to the confident and extremely successful man that he is today. At 31, also still a somewhat tender age, the road ahead looks immensely promising.