We have been ably represented by THEV for varied initiatives over the years; which include introductions, meetings and assistance with on boarding some of the most distinguished global leaders for our company and foundation Boards, and initiatives. I was also brought on board as a Brand Ambassador for one of the ventures from India and THEV helped us navigate a fair win-win understanding for the same. They were also helpful with the final review of my very first book just before it went to print. We highly recommend them for the value they bring to the business.
The leadership from THEV have frequently featured as Mentor to our global portfolio of entrepreneurs and startups, and Jury Member for our global initiatives. They have been instrumental in enabling our mission of building a seamless marketplace for entrepreneurial employability through their deep sector knowledge and in depth analysis of the market trends. Multiple entrepreneurs in our network have credited their growth to inputs and support received from THEV.
As a promising woman-led company chosen under the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) Program supported by European Union, OACPS, BMZ, GIZ, Tony Elumelu Foundation, SAFEEM and Seedstars Group; one of the main challenges for us at AFCO Investment Co Ltd was how to present our business to Investors. The unmatched support provided by THEV over the 3 months of the WE4A program guided us on the best funding strategy best suited for our business, helped us strengthen our business brand, along with improving our marketing and branding strategy to boost our products in the market. THEV was also instrumental in helping guide us with the preparation of the necessary documentation and process for fundraising, marketing and positioning strategies because of which we were able to raise sizeable investments during the course of our work together.
We had a close association with the leadership at THEV during my tenure as Chairman of the Old Columbans Trust (OCT), the official Trust of St. Columba's School which is amongst the leading and most reputed educational institutions in India. The leadership at THEV was sincere, hard working and very passionate about the role that they were entrusted with. We wish THEV good luck and continued success in the years ahead.
It has been an impactful and great experience working with THEV through the 3 months of the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) acceleration program. Inputs from THEV helped us at McComan to improve on our business strategies and capacity thinking, and understand the value of trying to create a pull instead of push strategy. We were also able to improve on the McComan brand presence offline and online, build effective team capacity, understand recruitment of right team members better, understand how to think and plan around fundraising, fine tune our business model and think around B2B in addition to B2C, and also understand the importance of creating a quality product and delightful customer experience, and their direct impact on any business’s brand and customer perception.
Kawilab Energy Systems had the wonderful opportunity to work with THEV during the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa Program (WE4A), and working with them has been insightful and an eye-opener for many aspects of our business. THEV leveraged their experience of having worked with leading businesses and advised us through the course of the entire program on our business model, potential and diverse revenue streams, the importance of product-market fit, branding, marketing, business strategy, working on efficient and proven fundraising methods specific to our business, getting the right team members on board, and our learning was not limited to only these. We were invited to events hosted by THEV and had the opportunity to network and learn from some of the topmost entrepreneurs from across the world who have built leading companies in their sectors. Our learning was further accelerated through case studies they shared and towards the end of the program, we also got guidance on improving our pitch presentation skills. By collaborating with THEV, Kawilab Energy Systems has become more focussed on the direction to take and we have now gone agile and are focussed on getting closer to product-market fit, as we work to go National in Kenya and expand to other parts of Africa.
Having THEV towards mentorship for our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program has always been a great opportunity for our cohort to learn from their experience and expertise in consulting across fields. We have always received exceptional feedback from our budding entrepreneurs about their mentoring. They are truly knowledgeable and have a great way with words which always ensures their learnings pass on to our students in a very meticulous manner. We appreciate THEV for always being so willing to participate with us towards mentoring the ventures and hope to continue this partnership in times to come.
It's rare that entrepreneurs are brand ambassadors for high fashion brands. I got the rare privilege of joining a group of elite entrepreneurs to represent one such brand, build my own network and support the vision of great start ups. This novel idea was created and held together by the dynamic effort and big vision of THEV. The senior industry leaders and peers I met, the work I got to do and the belief I cultivated in my own entrepreneurial endeavors was further emboldened by them, and I am grateful and inspired by all that THEV does.