Episode 2: Interview with Gustav Praekelt, founder of the Praekelt Foundation

Gustav Praekelt is founder of the Praekelt Foundation, a South African incubator for mobile technology that develops scalable mobile solutions for social good, whose programmes have reached over 50 million people across 15 countries in Africa.

In this interview, Gustav shares his experience and talks about:

  • The power of mobile communications technologyGustav
  • The lessons of more than 10 years grassroots social entrepreneurship in Africa
  • His latest project to bring Wikipedia to African mobile phone users
  • What keeps Gustav inspired when times are tough
  • Lessons for other social entrepreneurs that want to follow in Gustav’s footsteps

Episode 1: Interview with Mike Quinn, CEO of Zoona

Mike Quinn is CEO of Zoona, a mobile payments system in Zambia which was the first technology startup company in Zambia to secure venture capital from international investors.

In this interview, Mike shares his experience and talks about:

  • How Zoona empowers micro entrepreneurs and small business owners in AfricaMike-Quinn
  • The art of mixing social and business goals
  • What it takes to build to a business in Africa
  • The vital importance of having mentors who have relevant experience
  • How Mike keeps going when things are tough
  • The importance of big hairy ambitious goals: Zoona wants to be a $1-billion company