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Colin Mkosi

Early-Stage Idea To Execution

The story of Colin Mkosi’s business, Cloudy Deliveries, is a masterclass in how to take an idea from early stage to execution.

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Colin Mkosi is the founder of Cloudy Deliveries, a bicycle courier service in Langa that collects groceries, take-aways and medication for residents in return for an affordable fee. His passion for community upliftment and the fight against youth unemployment is driving him to build a business that values profit and social impact equally.

Cloudy Deliveries currently works with 21 young adults in Langa and is looking to extend into other communities.

 

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About This Recipe

 

The boy who served congregants in his parents’ church grew up to be an entrepreneur who serves the members of his community with a bicycle-based delivery service. In the process, he pursues social impact and profit in equal measure.

In this recipe, Colin Mkosi shares his innovative funding approach, ranging from borrowing R250 from a friend to social media crowdfunding, and how his pragmatic decision-making process led him from white spray paint to the name of his business.

He explains his flexible business model that is built around customer needs, and uses an anecdote of growing tomatoes in hippo country to illustrate his approach to great service.

What You'll Learn

 

What is the perfect business for an entrepreneur operating in a sprawling township marked by youth unemployment? This recipe reveals the answer, along with Colin Mkosi’s inspiring mission of equipping young people with purpose, a means to support themselves and the opportunity to discover who they are through service.

You will also learn what to do when the bicycles at the heart of your bicycle delivery business break down, and why courage and the ability to tell your story are at the heart of business success. The value of partnerships in overcoming challenges is also highlighted, as are the criteria Colin uses when recruiting new delivery guys.

Learn

Learn from someone who speaks from a position of real authority, perspective and experience.

Do

Implement practical tips and techniques learned in the trenches - doing, rather than talking.

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Join a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs in our growing community and share your learnings as you go.

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This entrepreneurial micro-course will take you only a few minutes per day (or you can binge if you want to). Feel free to skip around and please let us know what you think. 

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