Social entrepreneurs making their mark

Thirty participants from across the country spoke about their challenges and successes, along with their way forward.

15 April 2019 | Education

The Red Bull Amaphiko Connect 2019 event took place at the end of March at a warehouse in Windhoek's northern industrial with more than 30 invited social entrepreneurs from all around the country participating.

In partnership with GIZ, Standard Bank and Omulunga Radio, the organisers were able to grant 30 of Namibia's social entrepreneurs the chance to attend the two day boot-camp – a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact and connect with one another and with many of Namibia's lecturers/speakers, through informal couch sessions.

At the bootcamp Sifiso Gcabashe, Red Bull Social Innovation Manager SA, shared a lecture on high performance on becoming an entrepreneur by using creativity and embracing our social condition in order to truly build a sustainable business through social entrepreneurship. “I was in total awe when I realised how amazing Namibia is, not just the people, but the hunger in people for social change,” Sifiso said, adding that this was his first trip to the Land of the Brave.



Highlights

After a helpful “Pitch Perfect” presentation by the Dololo team, our Namibian entrepreneurs were immensely inspired. The entrepreneurs went through various practical exercises and then were divided into different groups to test their skills on pitching and building confidence on pitching.

Odile Gertze from the Gondwana Collection highlighted the importance of recycling, and Namibia's environment. Another lecture highlight was Fabian Shaanika, Head of Business Banking of Standard Bank speaking about the financial world, including taxes, budgets and investments. Questions filled the room and it was clear, that the entrepreneurs needed a lot of information on this topic.

In total, three workshops were held, where the room was split up into groups to attend Legal (held by Kapena Tjombonde from BIPA), Social Business Canvas (held by Chantall Claassen from Dololo) and Pathways to funding (held by Anna Vambe from GIZ) and knowledge was dealt out with high ambitions.

The entrepreneurs were filled with thanks and gratitude as they all felt appreciated for their work and for being offered such an amazing opportunity.

The organisers believe that all participating entrepreneurs will get their big break after the inspirational workshop.

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