Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In Oct 2012, I founded a social enterprise Pitchin South Africa, which was a dynamic open pitching platform for young entrepreneurs and students that ran every month. With our success at Stellenbosch University, we exited to Innovus technology transfer office to for a platform for their newly developed business incubator, the LaunchLab. I had numerous roles in coordination of this transition over a 15 month period. Since early 2012, I consulted on a part-time, project basis for Knowledge Econimix (family owned company) working on three projects, Stroketech, African Wild Honey and Cairo Suspensions. The work entailed anything from market research and analysis through to prototyping and product design, while other work-related activities included strategy formulation, branding, public relations, fund raising and patenting. My most pioneering work relates to Stroketech (bone-conduction headset technology for sporting athletes and coaching) where I successfully helped raise funding, develop three prototypes and it is currently in its final stages of product development.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We have community collaboration with the Helderberg Street People Center, School of Public Leadership (Stellenbosch University) and TOMO Communications (Khayelitsha) that are channels we are using to implement market research and eventually our pilot study. We have raised service sponsorship from the Industrial Eng. Dept. (SU), J8ded media, Frequency Audio & TImeslice Cinematography to help develop video documentaries and market research. Our unique eco-toilet design is being patented by Von Seidel Attorneys, while we have a signed optional licence for future product development with Innovus (SU). We have also been selected part of Common (Collaborative Mark), based in the USA, which are providing branding and communication mentorship on the values of social enterprises.