Given the limited scope for young people in Africa to secure opportunities in the more traditional employment sectors, CHEAFRICA is participating in a programme for those young people who with to create their own businesses in the SME sector – ENTREPRENEURS IN AFRICA.
As they progress through the programme, these young ‘go-getters’ receive mentorship, access to additional networks & business opportunities, plus funding, to make their dreams a reality.
The initial programme for 2021 will be limited to maximum of 100 young people who will use their emerging business profiles to introduce other like-minded young people to the entrepreneur network. There are six steps on the path to success:
CHEAFRICA will review the business concept and invite the entrepreneur to become part of Africa IT HUBS (AITHS) networking community. The joining fee will be funded by CHEAFRICA.
Create a viable business plan with support and inputs from mentors and established young entrepreneurs.
CHEAFRICA will provide a financial contribution to the business plan when it has been ‘certified’ as being viable by AITHS.
Introductions by AITHS to its investor community and partners where the business needs ‘seed capital’ and for AITHS to provide management resources if required.
CHEAFRICA will consider further grant funding if a further commitment is required from the entrepreneur by investors and business partners
Mthetho Rasmente & Nosipho Mhlapo are young ambitious entrepreneurs from a unique place in Khayelitsha called Ilitha Park. Both are driven by their passion and our creativity in the kitchen.
They love to make food and create new food recipies, and that lead them to start their own pizza business called Ikasi Lam Pizza.
“Ikasi Lam” means “my township” and that’s a nod to the love that they have for their community. Their mission is to provide delicious pizzas, with friendly service, efficient delivery and value for all their customers.
Kirsten was born and raised in a small town, Vredenburg, which is situated in the West Coast, and always had big dreams to one day own her own business.
After finishing school in 2012, she moved to Cape Town to complete her degree in Sport Science at the University of the Western Cape, followed by a post graduate degree in BSc Biokinetics at the University of Stellenbosch. A year in Namibia completing her internship at a Biokinetics practice helped her passion for the profession bloom, but when she returned home she could not find a job.
A chance meeting at a beauty spa in Somerset west introduced Kirsten to the Entrepreneurs In Africa programme. With our financial support she managed to buy her own equipment and start her own practice in October 2020. Entrepreneurs In Africa has provided guidance and support ever since and her business continues to grow.
Monde Bulala is a passionate barista from Cape Town, South Africa who worked in the coffee industry for over 8 years. His passion took him overseas to coffee meccas such as Istanbul, and inspired him to start his own business, sell his own coffee and bring people together.
Mholweni” is Xhosa for Hello and Monde’s vision of Mholweni Cafe was to create a space which greets all walks of life with a smile and some of the best coffee in Cape Town; we were only to happy to get involved!
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