THUD is the cool and hippy networking platform right now in Johannesburg which has an unconventional mode of making returns. The Hookup Dinner started with Selebogo Molefe aka DrLifesgud and partner, building, selling and renting beam bags to events.
After realizing these events lacked certain basic ingredients so relevant to young South African entrepreneurs, Lifesgud Global Investments begun THUD where they connect, engage and contribute to each others’ successes. For the many startups who continuously attend The Hookup Dinner, it serves as a ‘healing therapy session.’ Corporate South Africa actually buys into these events to market their products and services and THUD has begun moving into other markets in Africa including Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
DrLifesgud shares some entrepreneurial experiences and their successes to inspire young African entrepreneurs.
What is The Hookup Dinner and what is in-store for Africa?
THUD is a South African born fast-rising Pan African entrepreneurship movement built on the back of collaboration. It is about entrepreneurs doing things for themselves through the power of shared networks and resources. We connect, engage and contribute to each others’ success through networking. We have a vision of building a thriving network of 1 million African startups across borders who collaborate and trade successfully.
Having constantly interacted with young entrepreneurs, what are the major ‘sins’ contributing to business failures?
- Self-discipline is by far the biggest challenge.
- Failure to learn from those who have walked the journey before us.
- Lack of focus on the end goal.
What is the preparation towards one successful THUD event like?
It’s as simple as reaching out to a network of like-minded individuals who are focused on their personal & business growth. The rest is easy, find a space to break bread together, whilst having conversations that are focused on contributing positively to the greater network in the room.
The rest are add-ons: such as peer-to-peer elevator pitching, which is meant to help one build confidence of standing in front of people; group speed networking which aims to help attendees increase their network; and guest speakers, who have mastered a key area of their entrepreneurial journey or professionals with key insights that can help the startup community to leverage on that knowledge to accelerate the growth of their enterprises.
All of these are organized by a collaborative team of specialists who are passionate about people, networking and the growth of African local economies.
See article here: http://thespiritedhub.com/hookup-dinner-connecting-1m-startups/