After its participation in Turbine‘s pre incubation program, also known as the Test Drive, Navboy Technologies is currently incubated with us.

We had a chat with its founder Tabi who shared how Test Drive and Incubation at Turbine has helped him develop himself as well as his projects.

Tell us about yourself and what were you doing before starting your entrepreneurial journey?

I am Tabi Okorn-tabi. I have always been business minded since my high school days given that my father is a businessman. In 2016 when I came to Mauritius to complete my degree in Information Technology & Business Information Systems, I met with a couple of brilliant Mauritians who shared the same passion for business, specifically in the tech sector. That was how I co-founded my first venture in Mauritius called AVR Plato Technology Limited.

What is Navboy Technology about?

Navboy Technologies Limited is a tech start up I founded with my co founder Laure Pather in 2019. We are mainly focused on implementing innovative vision and AI-centered technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Machine Learning, Computer Vision etc into usable software applications. Our flagship product is ‘ShopPaddi’. It is a mobile e-commerce application equipped with image recognition and artificial intelligence technologies. The ‘ShopPaddi’ mobile application offers the ability to walk into their supermarket of choice, scan products they were to buy (without touching) and these products are added to their virtual carts. Users can also buy products from a product catalog by using the classic e-commerce feature on the mobile app.

How was your experience of participating in Test Drive?

The Test Drive with Turbine was an eye opener to the real and relevant requirements for an entrepreneurial journey. From the material & deliverables to the trainings, it ignites the business instincts of aspiring entrepreneurs and gives them an overview of what to expect and how to react in the future.

How has your incubation with Turbine helped you till now?

Incubating Navboy Technologies Limited with Turbine has been one of the best decisions we made in recent. We have been exposed to world class coaches, materials and opportunities. The community of entrepreneurs under Turbine’s umbrella allows us to share ideas and bond with some of the brightest and hardworking minds on the island. We have incubated AVR Plato Technology Limited with Turbine and when the idea of Navboy Technologies was brooding, Turbine was the best choice I and my co founder could think of.

Would you recommend Turbine to someone with a business idea?

I would definitely recommend Turbine to anyone with an innovative idea that needs the right environment and conditions to grow. From the management staff to the coaches and other startups, everyone is committed to helping you grow and that is a big deal!

 

 

Test Drive 4 Pitch Night

After a series of online workshops, Turbine Test Drive 4 Pitch Night was organized on 26 June 2020.

7 projects were allotted with 3 minutes each to pitch their projects in front of our judges panel which comprised of Olivier Ma, Dominic Provencal, Zulaika Sunthbocus and Isabelle de Melo.

For this edition, Turbine had 3 different sponsors PwC, Spoon Consulting and MCB who offered Rs 75,000 each to the most innovative, promising and impactful business ideas.

Kare Ver- Most Impactful Business Idea

Brando Quirin won the price of the most Impactful Business Idea sponsored by MCB for his start up Kare Ver.

Following Covid-19, Brando developed a kit which allows people to plant their own vegetables. Made by recycled materials, Kare Ver has its own irrigation system integrated in the kit and is fully protected from insects. The aim is to make people experience the fun of growing their own vegetables at home to simplify their lives.

Metennkoste- Most Promising Business Idea

Hishaam Ibrahim and Marie Lasplaces won the prize of the most Promising Business Idea sponsored by PwC.

Metennkoste is a platform which allows to collect and spend money for a common expense or event. Its services will benefit a wide number of people, from a group of friends pooling money together to afford the perfect gift to a group of students raising money for their annual study trip.

It makes collecting and managing money from a large number of people hassle free and acts as an intermediary between businesses and their potential clients.

Flit Ride- The most Innovative Business Idea

Tolotra Samuel won the prize of the most Innovative Business Idea sponsored by Spoon Consulting.

Flit Ride aims to bring together existing taxi drivers and their clients through its mobile app. It allows taxi drivers to bid their different fares and clients choose the ones which suit them best. Flit Ride also gives the option of carpooling to riders.

The interesting part about Flit Ride is that payment mode will not be limited to cash or credit cards only. It will adopt the different payments that exist such as Juice and MyT money which are now common in Mauritius and will also introduce Flit Tokens.

Test Drive: Pre Incubation at Turbine

Turbine has pre incubated more than 90 aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their idea till date. 20 starts ups have been incubated with us and we currently have 8 start-ups under the Incubation Program. We look forward to incubate new projects after every Test Drive Programs.

Stay connected with us to know when the next applications will be open.

 

 

 

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Every last Thursday and Friday of the month, we offer free Co-working passes!

These passes are for those who wish to experience what it is like to co-work in an open space environment.

Our co-workers are entrepreneurs, innovators and various professionals (Architects, Accountants, digital marketer, developers…and many more),  who form a strong community of like minded people helping each other out.

One free pass can last a full day, 08h30 to 17h00, at our open space.

The next free co-working open days are as follows:

– January 24th and 25th
– February 21st and 22nd
– March 28th and 29th

**Not to forget** The offer also implies Free Coffee and other amenities (kitchen, WIFI and games) !!!

Sign up now! 

When: Tuesday 04 December, from 18hr00 to 21hr00

Believe it or not, there is an art to networking, if you are to ensure your ROI.
During this session, we will share tips and ideas on how to get the most benefit from the netWORKing events you attend.
And we will share with you how to build the kind of relationships that lead to quality business referrals and ensure you netWORK rather than sell.
This event is a must for anyone who:
Would like to grow their sales pipelines or feel more comfortable meeting large groups of people.
Entrepreneurs who would like to improve their ratio of turning contacts into referrers.
Business people who would like to get the most benefit from netWORKing.
Or just any curious minds who want to become better networkers are most welcome.

Fees Rs 500/Person
20% Discount for JCI, MBN Members and Turbine’s Community.

Venue: Turbine Business Incubator,
Vivea Business Park,
Moka.

When: Monday 29 October, from 16hr30 to 18hr30

“Is it interesting to accelerate my company’s growth with the financial and strategic support of external investors?”
Compass welcomes at the end of this month Lars Lindgren, Venture Capitalist and Swedish Business angel accumulating 35 years of experience.

Lars will lead two workshops on the capital investment:

  • A training for the entrepreneurs
  • A discussion for the active or potential investors

The workshop aims at helping you understand the advantages and inconveniences, to build a partnership with investors: business angel or investment fund.
The purpose is to give you elements of reflection to think about a partnership, but also to explain the different stages to build and maintain it.
This initiative is an essential requirement for the take-off of innovative projects in Mauritius: something that means a lot to us!

We are pleased to invite you to this first meeting. The presentation will be in English but Lars is bilingual.
Go on Facebook for more info!
If the idea seduces you, if the subjects presented below interest you, then confirm now!
To book your spot, RSVP on hello@compass. mu or hello@turbine.mu, or contact us on our website! Limited places available.

Turbine co-organized the Fuck up night along with Red Dot, DodoWorkPlay and ICT.IO. The Fuck up night is an international movement that runs in over 250 cities and is an entrepreneurial platform where biggest failure stories are shared and celebrated.  Yes, that is correct, celebrated: Professional failure are often associated with feelings of embarrassment, guilt or shame. Fuck up nights were conceived with the aim of changing mindsets and the perception around failure to turn it into an opportunity to learn, become stronger, and connect through sharing. In Mauritius, rather than taking initiatives and give it all even if it may fail, many people prefer not to take any risk at all. This is because there exists a huge stigma around failure and which is crippling our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Fuck Up Night Mauritius

We were honored to have 5 speakers come out and share their biggest Fuck Up stories with us, inspiring and demonstrating others how failure is a fundamental step in the path to success.

Fuck up night speaker: Kelly & Wesley Oxenham, Founders of Farmcity,

Farmcity, Wesley Oxenham, Kelly Oxenham, Turbine

Looking at them,  so happy and positive, one will never have thought that they have been through so many hardships in building Farmcity. Kelly and Wesley, came forward bravely and honestly when sharing their failure story with us. First, they had to face a raging fire that ignited in a neighboring sugarcane field which burnt all their crops. With only 1 year ‘s  earnings to live off of, they had to start again and  this time they a had a new challenge: dealing with the unethical behavior of a contractor. Upon learning about the contractor’s misdeeds, Kelly and Wesley fired him, only to later have the contractor sue them for damages worth for Rs 2 Million. In the 6 months that followed, they spent sleepless nights,  frustrated and desperate, worrying about where and how they could  amass that sum of money. According to Kelly, when roots are strong there is no reason to fear the storm. Despite all the storms, today Farmcity is flourishing. These failures and difficulties taught them a few lessons which are key for any entrepreneur.

  • know the people you are working with,
  • allow the bad phases to pass
  • always exercise patience and perseverance.

Fuck up night speaker: Ashley Saddul, Founder and CTO of Recruiter.com

Ashley is a serial entrepreneur. He avidly shared  how he had launched his various businesses and encountered several issues. He faced stagnant stock, mismatched of markets and a misadventure in partnering up with a phony individual  who had little experience in what he claimed to be his expertise and who was in actual fact, a part time actor and before that, a full time teacher. This venture led his business to suffer great loss.

When asked about how he got up from this massive failure, Ashley said that people in Silicon Valley, America, do not turn their back on you because of failures. They celebrate and give respect and support because they believe that failures make you a stronger person; You took the step, tried, failed, lived it and learnt. He admitted that it took him a few months to heal, reflect and strengthen his mind. Ashley added that every entrepreneur has that spirit to get back to business regardless of the deceptions faced.

After 8 times of facing dead ends, one does get stubborn and persistent though it is imperative to know when to stop. With experiences, one does get tuned and Ashley knows that really well.  He has developed his own way of proceeding; according to him, any process should not take more that 2-3 weeks to get done. If it takes more than that, then there is a must for immediate action.

Fuck up night speaker: Aisha Allee, Founder of Blast Burson-Marsteller

A brave woman entrepreneur whose passion for communication was tested several times.  She narrates her story;

Aisha launched a company with two of her friends at the start of her entrepreneurial journey. The company had everything to succeed; they had clients, the work was being done, clients were satisfied and money was being generated. Trouble started when money started to flow in. The 3 partners started to fight a lot. Aisha found herself out of the company overnight after a board meeting; her two friends had decided to put an end to her partnership. She was left feeling betrayed and with a bank account amounting to zero. Aisha had invested all her savings to this company. A mother of two children, Aisha narrated how she faced that difficult phase with the only support of her children who were very young at that time. She knew that she had to fight back for her family and find a way. She described how she practically camped infront of the doors of CEOs and knocked at each and every door until finally one opened. From then on through word of mouth, deals flew in and Blast became a successful company proudly managing communication crisis for its clients. Aisha remembers telling herself during those critical phase of her career; Even if things are not sound, she has to do what she feels is right so as one day she does not have any regret.

She believes that “One’s success is defined by oneself. ” That is the you define your own success.

Fuck up night speaker: Kim Andersen, Managing Director at Kim Andersen Consulting

Kim opened a Japanese restaurant named Benkei which sold sushi back in 2006. She and her friend invested in this business without conducting any market research. Kim had a day job back then and her partner was managing the business. Kim was clueless that like her, her partner had no experience with the Japanese culture or in business. One day on her way home, Kim learnt that the business went bankrupt and that her partner has fled to another country. The result of this “fucked up” venture was that Kim not only lost her investment but also all her assets including her house. Kim said she also lost her arrogance on that day… The next phase of her life included a lot of self questioning and she meditated back to her core values. She remembered seeing a quote from Indira Gandhi which said “If I die today, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.” This inspired Kim and made her work on herself. Kim forgave her partner as she understood that it was her own decision to invest in that business. With the support of her family, Kim’s entrepreneurial spirit finally emerged. She became strongly opinionated and from that day on, she wore her “fuck up” as a crown, like a queen. Today Kim is a Board Advisor and has her own training agency for various professional development.

As organizers, we aimed to change the mindset of people about failure. We are proud and satisfied to learn that people who attended this first edition have really enjoyed and learned from our guest speakers respective fucked up experiences. Many felt inspired and decided to go ahead with their plans.

Stay tune. We will run the next Fuck up night session soon! Follow us of FacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Turbine proudly hosted the Digital for change summit which was organized by the Digital Marketing Mauritius. This event had for purpose to share knowledge on digital transformation, promote the creation of a network of digital marketers and encourage entrepreneurs and individuals as well to make the best use of digitalization.

Digital Marketing Mauritius

The Digital Marketing Mauritius was launched in 2017 by Jason Bholanauth and joined later by Madevi Subramanian, Dylen Citta, Jemilla Greedharry, and Pahlavi Tilloo. This group of dynamic digital marketers started with the vision to provide a platform of knowledge sharing and learning about Digital Marketing since this field is still new and vast, constantly changing and interesting.

Digital for change Summit

The event was well received by the audience, there were a total of 184 registrations. We were honored to have 3 inspiring speakers who shared with us their experiences.

 

Natacha Emilien, Red Dot, Turbine, Business Incubator, Coworking

Natacha Emilien, the Co-founder and Managing Director of Red Dot, shared with us how in her quest of satisfaction and self fulfillment. She changed her career path from engineering to accounting. After 13 years as an employee, she is now an entrepreneur who is much more happy, with the feeling of being free and having a bigger purpose. She encouraged the audience to go forward and try things, the first choice may not be the right one though the experience is worth it.

 

Turbine, Quantum, Business Incubator, Digital Transformation

Chen Hindi, General Manager and Head of digital at Quantum, explained how the various tools of digital marketing can be exploited for more concrete information and thus better strategic decisions. She also believes that despite the lesser response rate, email marketing retains people who are genuinely interested and give their undivided attention to the mail while they read. Chen gave some foolproof examples of companies who are successful through digital marketing.

 

Sean Fourmacou, Digital Transformation, Turbine Business Incubator, Coworking

Sean Fourmacou, Founder of YouthSceal, brought another aspect of digital marketing: a platform to sensitize people and address social issues. He explained that social media allowed him to reach the mass population whereby his messages were heard, seen through videos and people could connect and engage. Sean learnt how to make use of digital marketing to meet his purpose. He showed the various actions that have been done by YouthSceal which were very impressive. Sean also encouraged the audience to make best use of digital marketing so as to connect people and get things done for a better society.

The feedback that this event received was very positive. each person who attended this event learnt at least 3 new things. The dynamic interaction that followed between the speakers and the audience after each presentation showed the intensity and success of the event.

What is next?

Follow Digital Marketing Mauritius on Facebook and stay tuned for their next event.