I am always excited to see what techs get up to so when Mobile Monday decides to go back to their roots with a “Pitch session” I was registered in a flash.
For the uninitiated, a Pitch Session is when you get up in front of the crowd and you have a couple minutes to discuss ANYTHING whilst a the clock counts down your time. You can discuss what your company is doing, what your company is looking for or even an unashamed pitch what of your company does to get free exposure. No-holds-barred. All you need it the courage to get up an speak.
Mobile Monday teamed up with BlackBerry and the JoziHub who hosted the evening pitch session at their cool new venue in the heart of Johannesburg. A fitting venue that fosters and encourages entrepreneurships and innovation – it just had that kind of vibe.
What always amazes me at the Mobile Monday Pitch Session is just how varied and amazing South African businesses are. There is the usual “we can design websites” but then there are the various movements and organisations who tackle the heart of social and economic problems in South Africa going deep into the rural communities and making a real difference.
President Obama spoke to young leaders on his recent visit to South Africa where he reaffirmed his commitment to the young leaders who need to “focus on civic leadership and public administration and business and entrepreneurship, the skills you need to serve your communities and start and grow businesses and run effective ministries.”
It is very encouraging to see that young entrepreneurs don’t complain about issues in South Africa, but go out there and start a business to solve these issues.
Most do not raise funds and most do not rely on any government hand-outs or so called grants. Some simply start operating using their mobile phone as their “computer” and free Wi-Fi where they can find it. Inspirational stuff.
Some of the people that randomly stood up and presented included:
- Lionel Madiba is the owner of KaasLaam.com . A locally built social network
- Raksha Mahabeer spoke about her Design, Branding & Marketing company: www.summertime.co.za
- Martin Letsie, MD and Founder at Ko’Kasi Hotspot (Pty) Ltd who pitched his Internet Hotspot www.kasihotspot.co.za
Perhaps members of government should hear what these guys and girls are up to and involve them in the change process. If these young techs are leading the charge to change the South African society, we are in good hands.