Asia Pacific Cities Summit event organiser Nkosana Mafico has come a long way from his days as a schoolboy entrepreneur
Nkosana Mafico realised he had a future as an entrepreneur when his lolly business started outselling his school tuckshop.
The 20-year-old Brisbane man recalls he had two lockers at school — one for his books and one for his stocks of sweets and soft drinks.
“A school is a perfect market place as it is full of people who want something but can’t go anywhere for eight hours,” Mr Mafico recalled.
“I would buy big bags of licorice and repackage them for sale but the tuckshop got upset because it was better than the stuff they were selling.”
UQ student represents Australia on global stage
Mr Nkosana Mafico from Brisbane, QLD recently represented Australia at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Washington, an international competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Nkosana Mafico, a 20-year-old bachelor of business student at the University of Queensland, traveled to the US in April to battle it out as the student entrepreneur with the best business idea.
BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORTS 'AFRICAPITALISM'
Nineteen-year-old Nkosana Mafico has achieved more than what most people ten years his senior have.
Studying a Bachelor of Business Management at The University of Queensland, Nkosana has co-founded an online educational tool, received grants to further his career in business, and participated and won awards in entrepreneurial conferences overseas.
One of his recent achievements has been receiving the Brisbane Council Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Grant through his involvement with PeeP (Phonetic English Edutainment Platform) Digital.
Business Management student wins Global Entrepreneur Award
UQ Business School undergraduate student and budding entrepreneur, Nkosana Mafico, was recently voted the Australian National Champion at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).
The GSEA is a premier global entrepreneurial competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students who own and operate businesses.
Nkosana, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Management, has received an all-expenses paid trip to Washington in April where he will compete against 49 other international finalists for the Global Entrepreneur Champion title.
Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program
Nkosana Mafico received $2500 in round two with his start-up PeeP Digital. The online platform simplifies the international phonetics system and makes English pronunciation easier.
“The grant enabled me to travel to San Francisco’s Silicon Valley as well as attend the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit in Sydney,” he said.
DREAM IT, BELIEVE IN IT AND GO FOR IT
Nkosana Mafico, is a student and an entrepreneur going places and his journey so far is inspiring. Between the ages of 12 and 17 he had already been involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, selling lollies, cold drinks, miniature skateboards, trading game cards, home made biltong to students at his former high school and co-founded an informal gardening business.