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Mobile apps for easy travels.

A team of three young entrepreneurs have joined forces to form a mobile application solution catering for tourists visiting the country.

The team consists of Luthando Nondabula, Iipito Festus Tutaleni and Samora Hangula who have experience in mobile application developing. The three entrepreneurs established their company, Namibia Trip earlier this year after winning second prize during the SAIS/info-Dev mobile Hackathon hosted by the Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC).

Namibia Trip is currently building a mobile solutions for tourists comprising travel plan management, aggregated search of all flights, hotels, car hire companies, and a location-based search for restaurants. This is enhanced by a cloud base service for storing copies of important travel related documents.

Recently, Namibia Trip was selected to be part of the Global Business Lab (GBL) programme, an initiative which nurtures young entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into successful viable businesses.

According to Johan Sjostrand, Business Developer at GBL, the idea behind the partner programme is to ensure that the entrepreneurs get professional help from the very best at a very early stage in their business development. "Most start-ups would never afford this sort of advice but that also means that they risk making irreparable mistakes at an early stage. By being part of Global Business Labs, they get access to the same help and advice as giants like FNB and they don't even have to pay for it," said Sjostrand.

CEO of Namibia Trip, Luthando Nondabula said the expectations they have from the programme is to be a catalyst to the company's mobile application development project as this will enable them to launch a "minimum viable product" within a short time frame. He says that joining the programme provided numerous opportunities such as business support, infrastructure and networking. "We are excited about the possibilities to expand to GBLs other offices in Botswana and Uganda. We could be operating in three different countries within a few months!" Nondabula exclaimed.

Although the project does not receive any funding, the three entrepreneurs have decided to boot-strap the project during its startup phase until such a point where they can show potential investors the commercial success of their mobile apps.

Caption: Iipito Festus Tutaleni and Luthando Nondabula from Namibia Trip receiving their award for second place at the SAIS/infoDev Hackathon. (Photograph contributed)




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Author:Hashange, Hilma
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Geographic Code:6NAMI
Date:May 31, 2013
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