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About the company

Idea 2 Business (I2B) was founded by Dr. Harry Teifel in 2012 after being employed for more than 20 years in various industries. The vision is clearly embodied in the name "Idea 2 Business" namely to assist others with the successful conversion and realization of innovation in different industries, systems and solution areas.

The company is based in the proximity of Cape Town (South Africa) with an office in the region of Heilbronn (Germany).  Most of the work performed for clients is undertaken remotely, with digital platforms being used to facilitate collaborative activities.

About the founder

"How do things work...and how can it be improved?" have been a key feature of the founder's journey.  This together with a belief that there is simply too much wastage in our world - and the pursuit of "abundance" through greater efficiency - set Dr. Teifel off on a path of Industrial Engineering, Systems Thinking and multi-aspect Solution Alignment.

Not being able to optimally pursue this passion as an employee in big corporates, he chose instead to opt for "solopreneurship" as a specialized consultant and working with other Subject-Matter experts in solving complex client-specific challenges.

Since establishing i2B life has been very stimulating and interesting - and being blessed in the process to learn from and with 35+ clients in a wide spectrum of industries.


So, what are the key insights gained?  To achieve sustainable solutions is most often a function of harmonizing different "forces", perspectives and interests in a systematic - and yet dynamic manner. Applied Systems Thinking is often what makes the difference between success and failure.

In a nutshell: Dr. Teifel is passionate about combining his Systems Thinking insights / techniques with 30 years of experience to find holistic, sustainable and clever solutions.




Extra information:

1976 - 1987

German School Pretoria (SA)

1988 - 1992

University of Pretoria (SA)
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering

Best dissertation in 1992: "TQM in Africa - an cultural and practical analysis"

1993 - 1999 (Part-time)

Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (SA)
1.) Master of Commerce

2.) Doctor of Commerce

Topic: "Competitiveness enhancement measures to support the SA automotive industry"

Employment / Fixed term contracts


Role / Focus:


1993 - 1995

Automotive Tier 1 supplier
Supply Chain Management & Manufacturing


1996 - 1999

Management Consulting
Senior Consultant: Business Transformation


1999 - 2000

Management Consulting
Senior Consultant: E-Commerce



Role / Focus:


2000 - 2004

Assessment Services
Head of Corporate Strategy and E-business


2004 - 2011

Commercial Vehicles
Bus/Coach, Aftersales, Marketing & Defense

South Africa

2012 - 2016

Mobility- and Fleet services
Project Mgmt, Telematics, contracting and Sales

South Africa

Recognition / Achievements

1999: Accreditation as an "Professional IBM Consultant" after international Training and a multi-project review process

2001: Nomination as one of the Top 5 E-business projects in Germany for the DEKRA transport platform "DEKRA-net"

2021: Completion of a Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme as part of the Africa Oxford Initiative

Memberships and Guest Lectureship

Since 2022: Member of Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Since 2021: Member of South African Medical Device Professional Group

Guest Lecturer for "Digitalisation through IoT / Sensors" as part of the Introduction to Engineering Management course

Our team

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Dr. Harry Teifel

Annelien Teifel 

Mischa Teifel

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