Over 9 to 13 March 2015, MEDO took its iconic Treppie truck back to the wonderful entrepreneurs of Port Elizabeth. Having done a successful tour the end of 2014, the team were readier than ever to take on the Windy City armed with a brand new truck as sponsored by ISUZU Trucks. Apart from delving deep into the community searching for entrepreneurs interested in one-day workshops and long-term MEDO programmes, the team also presented at the annual ISUZU Truck conference.
‘Treppie’, short for entrepreneur is MEDO’s socio-economic mobile incubator. Kitted with state-of-the-art technology, Treppie is able to drive into the heart of any community to offer assistance to locals looking for employment and entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level. “There is a significant imbalance in South Africa's economy with a high unemployment rate, especially among the black population," treppie manager Azola Qhina explained, "At MEDO, we recognize that the biggest contributor to a country's economic growth is the number of start ups. For this reason, Treppie plays a crucial role in promoting and creating entrepreneurship and therefore, building the economy one job at a time,” Azola added. MEDO CEO Judi Sandrock also furthered, “We are delighted to bring the new ISUZU Treppie to communities in what we believe presents a great opportunity for us to assist in the development of emerging enterprises – a vital sector spearheading economic growth in our country. In doing this we have also created a unique opportunity for large organisations to involve themselves with these businesses and in so doing to advance their Enterprise Development and Supplier Development strategies.”
Over the week Treppie was at three different locations across Port Elizabeth assisting over 120 entrepreneurs. Azola furthered that the community was especially welcoming and receptive to the project, “People are very keen to start their own entrepreneurial ventures, howver, they don’t have the know-how. People appreciate Treppie because they are able to receive guidance as well as learn how to identify business opportunities.”
As a project sponsored by ISUZU, Treppie will tour the country this year stopping at each of the ISUZU Truck dealerships nationwide. At this tour Treppie was even featured at the ISUZU Truck conference with the unveiling of the brand-new Treppie Truck. “Having had over four years experience with the old truck, we have come to learn what works and what the unique requirements are of the truck,” Bjarke Gotfredsen, MEDO CEO explained. “We are powering all technology with Solar Cells and an Inverter, which makes us energy independent meaning we can set up shop anywhere regardless of facilities or infrastructure. We are also using state of the art technology to ensure the fastest internet speeds possible,” Bjarke explained the new upgrades.
Treppie has an exciting year ahead with its nationwide tour having already commenced. Stay tuned for more news, there is definitely a lot of it to come!