Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
For DeCo! Sustainable Farming, a small german based social enterprise in Ghana, I developed and implemended a public privat partnership between DeCo!, GIZ and Zoomlion that helped us to successfully scale the operations. DeCo! is up to date still the only large scale producer of organic fertiliser in the northern region of Ghana.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Our most important partners are the involved cycle messenger companies as well as the rail way operators. Furthermore we are proud of our wide network of supporters with organisations such as Climate-KIC, myclimate, WWF and Impact Hub Zürich.
We are working with a network of freelancers in the area of communication & design
We are collaborating with researchers from the University of Wuppertal & ETH Zürich, two of the worlds leading technical universities, to develop an innovative dispatch and linehaul optimisation software solution.
We are a member of the global Impact Hub Network which gives us access to a big pool of changemakers and innovators.
We've participated in the Innovate4Climate (I4C) program in Switzerland. I4C is a three stage accelerator program jointly run by Climate-KIC Switzerland, Impact Hub Zürich and WWF Switzerland, targeting entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to tackle climate change. ImagineCargo has gone through all three stages of the accelerator program. The most useful part of the program has been the contact with other ventures and the exposure to inspiring, skilled and well-connected mentors/coaches. Furthermore through the program we've had access to the masterclasses of Climate-KIC, a comprehensive collection of classes covering a wide range of topics such as business modeling, team building, lean startup, marketing & sales, pitching, etc. Our participation in the Climate-KIC community continues to grow and develop in breadth & depth.
We also participated in the 2014 edition of the Investment Ready Programme organised by Impact Hub Vienna. This was a three stage mentored program aimed at refining our business model and enabling us to pitch to potential investors at the CEE Impact Day in Vienna in July 2014. This program enabled us to learn more about impact investing, give real investor pitch experience and expose us to actual investors. Investor relationships developed during this program have evolved into ongoing discussions.