Step of faith proves fruit­ful for en­tre­pre­neur

Daily Dispatch - - News - YOLANDA PALEZWENI

De­spite strug­gling for four years and tak­ing ma­jor fi­nan­cial strain af­ter he turned down an op­por­tu­nity to be a di­rec­tor in a con­struc­tion com­pany, a Nel­son Man­dela Bay en­tre­pre­neur says the pain was worth it.

Asa Ma­zomba, 31, a con­struc­tion in­dus­try pro­fes­sional and the founder of Ten­derPoint South Africa, shared his story and gave tips to as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs about his now suc­cess­ful on­line pro­cure­ment com­pany that helps small busi­nesses land con­tracts with govern­ment en­ti­ties at an event hosted by Startup Grind Port El­iz­a­beth at Kwantu Tow­ers.

The Startup Grind is a global startup com­mu­nity de­signed to ed­u­cate, in­spire and give a plat­form which al­lows bud­ding en­trepreneurs to con­nect and net­work with the gu­rus of the in­dus­try.

Ma­zomba went to Port Rex Tech­ni­cal High School in East Lon­don, where he was ex­posed to in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture, and later went to study quan­tity sur­vey­ing at Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity.

He said his big break was in 2014 when he made it to the fi­nal round of the En­gen Pitch and Pol­ish com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was not an easy road. In 2010 I de­clined a po­si­tion to be a part­ner and di­rec­tor of a con­struc­tion com­pany I was work­ing for in East Lon­don, and months af­ter, left my job. Since then it was a straight down­fall,” Ma­zomba said.

Ma­zomba said he be­gan vis­it­ing Mugg & Bean in East Lon­don where he col­lected a database of con­trac­tors, send­ing them SMSs with in­for­ma­tion about ten­ders avail­able.

Ma­zomba said af­ter three years of not work­ing, he ap­proached a con­trac­tor in Cala, Whit­tle­sea – through his SMS set-up – with a huge ten­der busi­ness. The con­trac­tor loved his idea and, in re­turn, Ma­zomba made a sub­stan­tial amount of money out of the deal.

He said that deal helped him win the Pitch and Pol­ish com­pe­ti­tion in 2014.

Jer­maine Charles, di­rec­tor of The Startup Grind Port El­iz­a­beth, said they would host a busi­ness talk ev­ery Wed­nes­day of the month to help con­nect en­trepreneurs and al­low them to net­work.

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