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Overseas mentorship boosts two siblings in business

 

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Some of us may feel that they are materially well off, but we all need each other. In most African language, there is a proverb which goes: “You exist because of others”. The English equivalent is: “No man is an island”.

In business, you never stop learning and the experience of others in managing their enterprises is invaluable. This is what founders of FlavaLite Innovations discovered after they went to Coventry University in the UK in 2014 as part of the MEDO entrepreneur incubator bootcamp.

Unathi Tunzelana (43) and Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana (35) say that the experience has expanded their horizons and taught them how to take their business to the next level in a way they had never imagined before.

Commending the programme, they say: “On our United Kingdom trip we learnt to present with precision and confidence, quality planning and time management skills, among other things. The trip was fruitful for our company and it was a great opportunity.”

They learnt how to do an elevator pitch and how to do an effective, efficient five minute presentation and the importance of timing your presentation and being early.

“For example, when a person was one minute late, they were sent home from the South African Bootcamp preparing for London. If a person went over their five minute slot, they were stopped mid-sentence,” they explain.

The sisters are greatly indebted to MEDO and the Department of Trade and Industry ICT Youth Incubator programme for affording us the opportunity. Now they say that they are more confident and can measure the significant growth that the bootcamp has added their business strategy and pitching skills.

FlavaLite Innovations is an ICT company that specialises in Digital Analytics and Electronic Ticketing services to companies with a digital presence or intending on having a digital presence requiring measuring and monitoring.

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