At the end of October 2014 the MEDO team headed to the windy city of Port Elizabeth, taking ‘Treppie’, our mobile entrepreneurship incubator with them, hunting for entrepreneurs. Setting up shop in different areas in the Motherwell district for the week, countless entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs walked through their doors eager to develop their skills.
“We received such a warm welcome from the community, and even more, we found so many interesting and inspiring entrepreneurs to join our programmes,” MEDO project coordinator Nolu Tutani described her response from the tour. “What I found particularly amazing, was that most of these guys’ passions are to develop their businesses into the community. With the workshops we hosted, this was a very important theme to them.”
In partnership with ISUZU and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality this tour was made possible, and it gave incredible results. “On the first day, there was at least 100 people who came to visit us,” Megan Ridley, MEDO project manager exclaimed.
Some of the visitors to Treppie include George Fulatella, a writer and poet selling furniture from his garden. Another is Florence Betyeni, a lady who has already started her catering business. “We offer knowledge and advice through training, providing the skills to manage their businesses effectively,” Megan explains, “We encourage them to sign up to our database at the mobile incubator so that we can contact them when we offer programmes.”
The great thing about Treppie, however, is that it is not only the community learning from MEDO, it is often a reciprocal exchange. “This trip has definitely opened my eyes,” Megan furthers, “Seeing how hungry the people are for skills and development, being so eager to grow has even encouraged me to step my life up a bit.”
Apart from recruiting potential entrepreneurs for MEDO programmes, Treppie also gives the opportunity for job-seekers to use the facility to search and apply for positions. “We want to anybody who has the want and hunger, to benefit from MEDO,” Nolu Tutani explains.
We are sure that we have recruited one of the greatest numbers of quality entrepreneurs in Treppie history, and we are confident that Treppie can only go higher from here. Watch this space, Treppie might even visit you soon!