Mbulelo Mandindi (19 years old) graduated from Hillcrest High School in South Africa in 2014. A School Enterprise Challenge participant during his time there he acted as a team leader in their business, King Circle Events. With the programme having had a huge impact on him, he remained involved in its running through 2015, further highlighting his huge level of commitment. He is now in the process of setting up his very own social enterprise alongside his studies in Transport Management at Johannesburg University.
Tell us a little bit about your business
“My company is called Future Bryt. It’s a socially innovative company that focuses on children’s fitness. We aim to provide a solution for an increasingly alarming social problem – a dangerously low level of activity amongst children born between 2004 and 2008, who are considered to be the most inactive generation of children in history.”
Did taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge help you set up your business?
“Yes, the School Enterprise Challenge definitely helped me set up my own business. In fact, it almost completely reshaped my perception of business. It introduced me to the prospect of businesses having a much greater role to play in society.”
What specific business skills did you gain from the School Enterprise Challenge which helped you set up your business now?
“As leader of the school business I came to appreciate how valuable a good organisational structure is and that is something I still focus on now.”
What do you plan on doing with your earnings?
“I plan on spending at least 70% of my earnings to grow and further develop the business, 20% to make a difference and 10% for myself. I will do this mainly by focusing immensely on disabled children in South Africa; there aren’t enough measures in place to ensure that they have the same amount of opportunities at their disposal as children without disabilities, especially if they come from underprivileged backgrounds.”
Did your experience working on the school business help you get into university?
“It enhanced my cognitive abilities to a certain extent, and it also helped enhance my interpersonal skills. I found myself being able to articulate my thoughts much more clearly.”
What advice would you give to young aspiring entrepreneurs?
“I’d simply tell them to use their hunger and their desire for more – to hunt down their dreams. However, they must understand that not only hard work but also rejections are part of the journey. Obstacles are many but in the end, it’s all worth it. In the end, they’ll find themselves looking towards hunting down the next dream, well equipped with the lessons you learnt when hunting down the previous dream.”
This interview was part of our case studies series in which we try to capture the spirit of the School Enterprise Challenge. Our aim is to use these stories to inspire future generations of entrepreneurs.
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