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Calling all aspiring restaurant owners

NBII this week announced a call for entries for upcoming innovative and creative entrepreneurs who want to venture into the business of owning a restaurant. In the picture, the space that will be provided for the incubatee who meets the business institutes requirements. (Photograph by Ibilola Odunlami)

Building or renting property for business purposes requires large amounts of capital in order for the business to be fully operational and for it to yield profits, is something which the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) seeks to address.

NBII this week announced a call for entries for upcoming innovative and creative entrepreneurs who want to venture into the business of owning a restaurant.
In an interview with the Economist, NBII Entrepreneurship and Incubation officer Julius Andima said the NBII set up the cafe making it available for the running of the restaurant and will provide a fully equipped kitchen, basic cafe furniture which includes chairs, tables, stools.
He said in addition to providing operational space and equipment the NBII will give mentorship and training to the incubatee on how to run a successful business, business networking which will link the incubatee to industry expert mentors, growth facilitating rent structure, graduation support process and a 3 year business incubation contract.
“We will have a support intervention for the incubatee during the 3 years that they will be running their business from the iCafe, which we hope will help the incubatee’s business to grow after,” he added.
As an enabling and nurturing environment, the iCafe will be managed by an able and creative entrepreneur who will be supported by NBII in the journey towards business start up and beyond. This means that daily business operations are the sole responsibility of the incumbent.
It is expected that the incumbent runs the iCafe on a profit basis. The potential incumbent is also required to suggest activities that will enhance the business side of the iCafe, while taking cognisance of the mandate of NBII.
Andimba said that interested participants must have their own start up stock and capital, as well as a team of employees. Another requirement for submissions include a theme, concept, motivation, marketing strategy, financial projections, a detailed business proposal which must be innovative and creative as well as a detailed team composition.
The concept must outline in detail amongst others how the incubatee will use the space, how they will overcome the slump from October to December, how they will launch the business, menu samples, how they will differentiate themselves from other restaurants as well as the type of creative activities that they will be offering.
The invitation for applications for this entrepreneurship opportunity will run from 24 June to 20 July. Submissions will be assessed by judges from the catering industry and five incubatee or incubatee teams will be announced on 22 July.
The top five contestants will then participate in a cook off to be held on 24 July at the Polytechnic Hotel School where an expert chef lecturer will judge the top five on their ability to cook. The final winner will be announced on 29 July and the selected incubatee/s contractural period will commence on 1 September.
Meanwhile, the Business institute has in the past teamed up with Sanlam Namibia for the Sanlam Innovation works. NBII and Sanlam Namibia through the Sanlam Innovation Works sponsored five winners who received N$20,000 each and are currently in a mentorship programme with NBII.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.