Wanafunzi is an online crowdfunding platform that connects youth-owned startups to investors. The platform is currently being coded, and will be launched in March 2017. In the build-up to the launch, the organisation is hosting the Wanafunzi Connect Space on the 24th of November 2016 from 18h00 - 20h00 pm at the Wits Humanities Graduate Seminar Room (University of Witwatersrand), Johannesburg.
The Wanafunzi Connect Space will see four emerging entrepreneurs deliver a presentation to a ‘crowd’ of investors looking to invest in new, youth-based ventures. Each presentation will include the entrepreneur’s business model, product (or service), and their ‘investment ask.’ As part of the showcase, each entrepreneur decides whether they will be offering equity or rewards to investors.
The evening will commence with a private drinks reception from 18h00, followed by the presentations at 18h30 pm, with ample time being given for Q&A and discussion.
Pitching on the day are:
Elijah Djan, Nubrix
Nubrix is a company that aims to be the leading supplier of paper bricks. They recycle waste paper to make building bricks that are three times cheaper than normal bricks in South Africa, and as strong as normal bricks. They are in the final prototype stage and seek funding to aid in getting the bricks certified with the regulatory bodies in South Africa, as well as get the bricks patented.
Matthew Piper, Khula
Khula builds marketplace and finance technology for farmers in Africa. Khula means Growth. Their vision is to create millions of jobs and improve the lives of our people significantly. Accordingly, their mission is to become an enabler for inclusive agricultural development.
Nkululeko Lehapa, Busani
Busani designs men’s formal wear and styling kits. They target students and young professionals who need professional and Afrocentric attire for events ranging from matric balls, graduations, interviews, and work. All suits and styling kits are designed from scratch to give ordinary people an exclusive styling experience for a fraction of the price they would pay to a large retailer.
Muimeleli Mutangwa, Tailor Klinik
Tailor Klinik is a multipurpose shoe cleaning detergent designed to assist people to clean their shoes. People who do not have time to clean the shoes themselves can drop them off at the store in Braamfontein. The detergent was invented by Muimeleli, and is able to clean all types of shoes.
Kindly R.S.V.P by following the link: https://goo.gl/forms/fdqyUe24GkhyrC3h2 by no later than 16 November 2016.