The story behind Funzi really starts with the people behind Funzi. Those that envision a world where there would be no wars, a world where everyone is living meaningfully and happily. Now you might be thinking, why don’t you add to that dream a world where it’s only sunshine, rainbows and unicorns because it seems a little far-fetched. But we believe that when you stop dreaming, or even dreaming the impossible, is when you stop making the impossible possible.
Empowered and sustainable communities are built when people work together. And that’s what the partnership between Promise Hub and Funzi is all about. We are partnering up to develop a mobile curriculum that will be easily scaled to support the growth of 10 million entrepreneurs in the next 30 years. As initial steps, Promise Hub’s local impact team have made use of a mobile course for project management and facilitation skills, tailored from Promise Hub’s content, as well as Funzi’s flagship entrepreneurship course Founder 101.
This blog was originally published on the OECD Forum Network here.
The world is changing rapidly, and along with it, the working life. Industrialization, globalization, digitization, robotization - these are all making old jobs obsolete and thus, deepening the unemployment challenges our societies face. So how do we overcome these problems? Entrepreneurship is a buzzword and it is mentioned in multiple fora as a critical component of the solution. Increasingly, it comes with the prefix “inclusive”. What is inclusive entrepreneurship?
Traditional business textbooks suggest that it’s logical to build your presence at your home market first, and then expand abroad. There’s less risk, fewer resources needed, less research that needs to be carried out; it’s a “risk-averse” strategy, or in some cases probably a “smart” strategy. In a Clarkson (2015) article on how to start a global business, the Founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, states that “launching your brand overseas will be hugely expensive, and finding distributors and retailers that are willing to take on an unknown brand will be extremely difficult”, so in other words, first start local and build a strong brand presence at home.
But why do some companies go big before they go home? Why did Funzi?