Entrepreneurs going for global growth

24 Jun 2015 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - Two Namibian entrepreneurs have been sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America (USA) here to represent Namibia in the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kenya next month.
Tammy Nott from Mbiri Natural Skincare and Ally Angula from Leap Group and My Republik Clothing will participate in the two-day summit, which will be the first GES held in Sub-Saharan Africa.
They are part of 20 Namibians and 300 Africans, excluding Kenyan, entrepreneurs that have been invited to the event taking place in Nairobi on 25 and 26 July.
Launched by US President Barack Obama in 2009, GES is an international conference which aims to bring entrepreneurs and investors from across the globe together to network and exchange ideas. Obama will participate in this year’s summit, making it the first GES summit he will participate in outside his country.
The conference will focus on the theme of women and youth as entrepreneurs.
Nott and Angula have high hopes from the summit and share the ambition of turning their products into exportable goods.
Both entrepreneurs spoke to Nampa on Tuesday.
“I hope to export my products - products that tell the story of the Namibian people,” Angula said, referring to My Republik, the first clothing brand designed, produced and sold in Namibia.
The entrepreneurs called for a change in attitude when it comes to Namibian products and production.
“The biggest challenge I have faced is the size of the market here in Namibia,” Nott said.
Mbiri was launched in April this year, and the entrepreneur says heading for the international market will be the only chance for the company to grow.
The previous GES held in Morocco in 2014 brought together 4 000 entrepreneurs and business, government and thought leaders.