Blessing Nzuza: `Preparing your startup for seed funding

Enactus Office, 6th floor - Durban University of Technology, 41/43 M L Sultan Rd, Greyville, Durban, 4001 Durban, 4001 - View Map
Durban University of Technology
Fri, Mar 13, 12:00 PM (SAST)

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The Startup Grind Durban University of Technology will be hosting Blessing Nzuza. founder of Respo Technology.

Respo was founded in 2018 by Blessing Nzuza after he witnessed a stab victim bleeding on the Durban beachfront. This inspired him to develop a smartphone app that will cut the emergency medical response times which will result in more lives being saved during these type of emergencies

Nzuza has walked an interesting path since matriculating in Eshowe in 2008. It’s taken him from civil engineering studies in Durban (which he hated), to selling anti-ageing products and then to an “incredible” two-and-a-half years touring the country with Chinese traders looking for offal for export, and learning how to do business.

Later, he tried to develop an online marketplace on a shoestring budget while building websites and doing graphic design work

During this time, he was based at SmartXchange, a Durban-based incubator and enterprise development hub, and he applied to it for funding for other projects.

However, Nzuza said, those projects were deemed insufficiently innovative.

Finally, in July 2018, Respo got the nod. Nearly R500 000 from SmartXchange and the Technology Innovation Agency followed, allowing Nzuza to take on six staff members to develop the app.

In March, he won R250 000 in business support in a competition run by Ithala, a KwaZulu-Natal-based development finance corporation.


Speaker

  • Blessing Nzuza

    Blessing Nzuza

    Respo Technology

    Managing Director

    Blessing is the Founder of a rapidly growing start-up called Respo Technologies . His company has managed to raise more than R 700 000 funding to develop Respo Mobile App aimed at reducing the amount of time it takes for an ambulance to reach a patient during medical emergencies.

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  • When

    Friday, Mar 13
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (SAST)

    Where

    Enactus Office, 6th floor
    Durban University of Technology, 41/43 M L Sultan Rd, Greyville, Durban, 4001 Durban4001

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