Exploring Innovation: Samuel Kupe’s Journey at the 2024 Hozi Innovation Program and ZITF

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Exploring Innovation: Samuel Kupe’s Journey at the 2024 Hozi Innovation Program and ZITF

May 8, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Samuel Kupe

Samuel Kupe is the Marketing Manager for Ballenious Investments (Pvt) Limited.

Ballenious Investments (Pvt) Limited is a company that produces caffeine-free coffee and juice using simple, natural, and organic baobab ingredients. They are also Virtual Innovation Accelerator (VIA) alumni from the class of 2021.

Hozi Innovation Program

What an amazing 4-day journey I had at the Hozi Innovation Program at NUST American Space in Bulawayo. Being taught by one of the best trainers in the country and receiving powerful and profound information from the curriculum of the University of IOWA was something I would cherish my whole life. I was equipped with skills that changed my understanding of entrepreneurship. The way I perceive things and operate the business after attending the training is so different now. The knowledge I gained was transformative and I can see changes taking place in the business even now.

Not only did I learn new powerful information but I also managed to connect and network with other young entrepreneurs who have the same hunger and passion as mine towards success and change. I met men and women who have made it in the world of business. It was a privilege to have Ma’am Jane from the University of Iowa come and share with us the knowledge she has on entrepreneurship. Above all the best experience I had was meeting an International Chef “Chef Mhlelusizo Ncube” and having her taste our juice (NutriSip). I thank the Almighty God for such an amazing experience.

Zimbabwe International Trade Fair

Attending the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair 2024 just as a visitor, and then being given the chance to exhibit my products by NUST under their stand was a miracle on its own. Not only did I get to showcase NutriSip and NutriCoffee to people but I also got to move around the stands and be motivated and inspired by other innovations. It made me want to go back home and work even harder just because of the exposure I got to experience.

Meeting the Ambassador of Great Britain to Zimbabwe (Mr. Peter Vowles) was an honor and utmost privilege, something I’ll never trade for. Not to mention that I was able to connect with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Publishing and Broadcasting Services in Zimbabwe, Nick Mangwana. I also had the opportunity to network with the one and only Carl Joshua Ncube the visionary CEO of BnB, a groundbreaking Tourism Startup. I managed to network with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and above all I managed to meet happy and new customers. Indeed a ZITF to remember, all thanks to the Almighty God!!!

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