Ntuthuko Shezi owns the label of serial entrepreneur. He started the first of his 14 businesses (some failed while others succeeded spectacularly) while still at school. He has put his formal education as an electromechanical engineer and corporate experience as a strategy consultant at Accenture to good use in his entrepreneurial ventures.
One of Shezi’s most successful ventures is Scratch Mobile, the world’s first ever airport-based panel beating and spray painting business. Based at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the business recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. His car-bumper-recycling business in his rural hometown in KwaZulu-Natal won an African award and was featured on the Shark Tank TV series in 2016.
His latest venture, Livestock Wealth, is arguably one of his most creative. Built on the pioneering concept of crowdfarming, Livestock Wealth allows people who find the stock market complicated and intimidating to invest in farms through owning cattle. In 2017 his invention won the highest prize at the SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards.
Shezi holds two patents, 12 trademarks and more than 80 local and international domains. He has met two US Presidents and is a Clinton Democracy Fellow (2005) and a Mandela Washington Fellow (2014).
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1 - What Is The Origin Story Of Livestock Wealth?
2 - How Did You Build Livestock Wealth?
3 - What Is The Livestock Wealth Business Model?
4 - How Did You Know To Invest In Protecting Your Intellectual Property?
5 - Why Is It Important To Invest In Trademarks And Patents?
6 - What Are Some Of The Challenges You Faced In Building Livestock Wealth?
7 - How Do You Attract A Team To Your Startup?
8 - What Are The Opportunities Of Micro-Scale Agriculture?
9 - What Opportunities Are There In Nonfood Crops?
10 - How Does A Startup Become Investable?
About This Recipe
In a world besotted with technology, Nthuthuko Shezi chose agriculture as his latest business venture back in 2014. Having experienced firsthand how difficult it is to get a foothold in farming, he created a business model based on cattle as a store of wealth. The result is Livestock Wealth, an investment platform that links people who want to own cattle with farmers who already have herds. And yes, there is a lot of tech involved.
Shezi firmly believes in the power of protecting one’s intellectual property, and shares in this recipe how he patented Livestock Wealth and continues to protect the online real estate around his business.
Other topics include nonfood and micro-scale opportunities in agriculture, the imperative to prepare your business for external investment, and the tech challenges inherent in keeping track of grazing cows.
What You'll Learn
Learn from a dedicated entrepreneur and skilled business strategist how to find opportunity in industries where others tend to see only stumbling blocks. Also learn why an investment in registering a trademark and/or patent is not only advisable but indeed necessary.
The recipe gives insights into Livestock Wealth’s business model, highlights the steps entrepreneurs should take to make their startups investable, and explores other opportunities available to entrepreneurs in the world of farming.
Learn from someone who speaks from a position of real authority, perspective and experience.
Implement practical tips and techniques learned in the trenches - doing, rather than talking.
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