Dutch Good Growth Fund supports Mzuzu E Hub with mentoring

…..consultant to strengthen business model

A 2019 study by Fin Scope Malawi shows that a large scale of small and medium enterprises faces new and existing challenges in their inception stage in areas of infrastructure development, low information technology penetration and low investment in research, science and technology among others.

Founded in 2017, Mzuzu E-Hub aims at responding to these and other existing challenges that entrepreneurs face in their respective fields. Mzuzu E-Hub provides technical support to entrepreneurs that are at an idea, start up or existing stage in their businesses by creating innovative solutions for their communities to foster job creation and poverty eradication.

We realise that there are multiple ways of attaining economic independence, hence our tailor-made incubation programs that suit entrepreneurs in their field of choice. As an organisation, we utilise any available opportunities to upgrade in our program’s implementation.

Against this background, Mzuzu E-Hub, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund under its Seed Capital and Business Development, has recruited a consultant who will serve as a mentor towards developing an improved and sustainable business model and implementation plan that delivers on our organizational strategy in areas such as technical, functional competencies as well as supportive behavioral indicators required to achieve our goals. The Dutch Good Growth Fund featured us on https://english.dggf.nl/publications/publications/2021/03/09/investment-funds-in-local-smes-transaction-scbd-mzuzu-e-hub

The Consultant recruitment process

Through our website, social media platforms and our various partners’, we released Terms of Reference calling for Expression of Interest (EoI) for an individual or consulting firm who would clearly demonstrate their ability to develop/design sustainable business development models, programme designing, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and carrying out skills development. 

Upon closing receiving applications, we received a total of 22 submissions from both individual and consulting firms for the position. An Internal Procurement Committee reviewed all the applications and a recommendation of 8 individual and consultancy firms into the final stage.  An independent committee comprising members of the advisory board made a review and selected Steve Tchoumba of ActivSpaces https://www.activspaces.com/ as the successful candidate for the consultancy job. The DGGF made the final approval of the recommended proposal and consultant.

The Consulting team

Steve Tchoumba: Lead Consultant

Steve Tchoumba is currently the Hub Manager and Business Development Manager at ActivSpaces Douala, Cameroon. He is responsible for developing the incubation and acceleration programs at the innovation hub.He works closely with entrepreneurs in transforming their ideas into sustainable businesses.

He is also responsible for developing partnerships with all the actors in the tech-ecosystem in Cameroon including: universities, corporates and other incubators.

For the past 3 years, Steve has developed partnerships with the “Agence Française de Development” (AFD), “Organisation International de la Francophonie” (OIF), the World Bank, GIZ, Israel and many other international organisations. He is passionate about building tech for development and placing the human at the centre of innovation. Prior to working in the tech entrepreneurs’ space, Steve worked as a teacher and later as director of school, both in the UK and in Cameroon.

Vincent Kumwenda: Vincent Kumwenda is an accomplished delivering and supporting enterprise development programs in Malawi.

He is the current Chief Executive Officer of mHub, the first technology and innovation hub in Malawi. He leads a team of skilled, dedicated and committed young Malawians who are supporting the development of local solutions to social challenges. Over the years, Vincent has positioned himself as a resource for supporting emerging entrepreneurs with different resources to needed to build and grow businesses.

Dee Punungwe: Dee Punungwe’s background and experience is in Business Psychology, with particular interest in shared Pan-African institutional development solutions. Over the years, she has been especially drawn to consulting in the areas of Impact Analysis, Program Design and Ubuntu- Inspired Leadership Development. Being able to play a part in boosting locally-led solutions that grow both social impact

and the enterprise landscape across Africa is what continues to fuel Dee’s drive for people-centric consultancy.

She has worked in the Social Enterprise and Impact Sector for more than 10 years, cultivating dynamic partnership environments- from the UK to Southern Africa, where change management and talent development were instrumental to success. For the last 4 years, Dee has been working extensively to co-design capacity amplifying solutions for the Social Impact Incubator Network- Malawi’s largest network of its kind.  She continues to lead the programs’ key area of innovator connections and collaborative community engagement- both core pathways to holistic institutional strengthening and sector agnostic leadership development.  

Outcomes and implementation

The consultancy will run for 25 days within a 3-month period from March to May 2021. As Mzuzu E-Hub, we believe that the end result for the mentoring support will help us come up with a skills audit that provides us with adequate information in relation to each employee’s competency profile and hence inform the decision makers on an appropriate and comprehensive skills development plan and other related measures to bridge identified gaps and also understand each employee’s skills, academic achievement, competency levels, gaps and development needs towards achieving the organizational objectives. The overall goal is to help define a business model and strengthen operations that best works for the organization to serve our community.

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