David Kondile's upholstery
Innovation with waste
David Kondile attended a start-up acceleration workshop in the town of Kenton on Sea in the Eastern Cape. During the five days he and his team worked on the business idea of a swimming academy for the local youth.
For David, however, this business concept was just a practical working example learning the mechanics of starting a business. He already knew what kind of business he wanted to start.
David manages his upholstery business while he continues to work part-time. His employer is in fact also his mentor. Someone with many years of experience in the upholstery industry.
With her support, David has been able to build his skills and customer base. Despite having the challenge of being both employed and an entrepreneur, David has built a reputation for his high quality work and attention to customer satisfaction. He uses this to focus on high value customized items that fit the specific needs of his customers.
David has a vision of developing his business further, getting his own premises and improving his equipment. He has a dedication to high quality service and understands the value of providing a speedy delivery.
A key lesson learned from the workshop which David uses to this day is that you don’t need access to large capital to start and run your business, you can use what have. David finds a very practical example of this in his day-to-day workings: If, from a client’s order, David has leftover material, he won’t throw this away but instead looks at ways to refurbish this material into another product. Innovating with waste.
Results that make us proud
In March 2018 we did a survey among 215 participants in our 2016 and 2017 programs.. Of the 215 people who responded to our survey, 40% are still active in the businesses they started during our programs in 2016 and 2017.