Who We Are
Our History & DNA
The Bumblebee Group was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Sean O’Connell. He brought his wealth of experience as a Group CEO for a large multinational and founder of Airborne Consulting into the development of a company committed to delivering results, inspiring people and transforming organisations.
Bumblebee started out as a property investment company and its successes saw it start the IT consulting arm of the business alongside.
“It became clear that there was significant opportunity for a nimble, innovative and dynamic people-centric company that was prepared to invest into R&D and that embraced the Internet of Things (IoT), and all the opportunities that this introduces.” – Sean O’Connell
The Bumblebee Group set out to strategically balance its services and own-product revenues alongside attracting top talent from organisations that didn’t recognise the value of employee happiness.
With an entrepreneurial culture and the vision of remaining a boutique supplier of software development services, Bumblebee delivers best practice, honest feedback and relevant advice to its clients.
Through significant investment into R&D and innovation, Bumblebee has developed some impressive solutions. One of these is MobeeWash, an Uber/Airbnb-inspired mobile app that provides car washing services right at customers fingertips. The extremely successful project is currently available in South Africa and Australia, with plans to deploy worldwide. MobeeWash takes advantage of Microsoft Azure cloud services while leveraging the potential of IoT, social media and inventive technology. So far, the MobeeWash platform and MobeeWash franchise have generated more than 50 jobs in South Africa since June 2017 and has the potential to generate thousands more for unemployed people around the world.
This is just one small part of the Bumblebee story, our trusted clients make up the rest…
Foundation of Beehive
The Beehive’s foundation is built on five unassailable principles – Excellence, People, Returning the Trust, Having Fun and Innovation. Excellence is our yardstick and People are our passion, ensuring that we Return the Trust our clients place in us and keep our promises all while we are Having Fun, inspired by your business and our creative spirit we deliver true Innovation.
The Bumblebee Group
Bumblebee Consulting was founded
October 1, 2013
Employed our first member of The Beehive, better known as Secret Agent 001
August 1, 2014
Increased our team of Bees to 7
January 1, 2016
Launched our product division
June 1, 2016
Appointed as a Sanlam Strategic Partner and acquired SQIM
June 1, 2017
Launched MobeeWash – The App That Cleans your Ride in Cape Town, South Africa and Melbourne, Australia
October 1, 2017
The Beehive is now 160 strong
January 1, 2018
Reinvented SQIM as ilaunch with a focus on strategic sourcing
September 1, 2018