Join the world in celebrating entrepreneurship from the 14th to the 20th November, 2016 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November annually, GEW inspires people everywhere to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, KBA Africa will profile one entrepreneur per day on our website. Check out www.kbaafrica.com daily to see who the featured entrepreneur is.
Featured Entrepreneur Number 1- Dr Simbarashe Makuni
BELVEDERE MEDICAL CLINIC
Belvedere Medical Clinic was founded in January 2013 by young Zimbabweans aged between 29/30, with a vision to offer quality and world class medical services at a time when Zimbabwe has faced challenges to its health service sector.
In addition to capital raised privately, Dr. Simba Makuni secured $20 000 from Stanbic Bank’s youth empowerment facility, to purchase an X-Ray machine from China. BMC opened with 7 casualty beds.
In October 2015 BMC won the Zimbabwe Investment Authority SME investor of the year 2nd runner up.
BMC went on to establish a Board of experienced business persons and captains of industry to help guide is growth. BMC had effectively grown into an Investment Grade Asset. BMC opened its Hospital on I August 2016 to offer wholesome patient care in Zimbabwe. The Hospital has 6 critical care unit beds and 1 paediatric bed. BMC now guarantees the livelihoods of at least 70 employees, including nurses and laboratory technician.
BMC Hospital signed an agreement with SPS Hospital in India on 18 August 2016 to bring international standard medical care to Zimbabwe. BMC’s vision from the partnership with India is to establish Zimbabwe as a regional medical tourism destination.
The partnership can grow to remedy Zimbabwe’s balance of trade deficit, arising from the high cost of Zimbabweans travelling to Indian for medical treatment.
Image: Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth Mr Patrick Zhuwao, Dr Simba Makuni, and the SPS Hospital team
SPS Hospital in India has been attracted to partner and invest in BMC hospital because they see value in in this youth founded and managed business in the health sector. BMC has effectively transformed itself into an investment grade asset.
Zimbabwe has innovative, enterprising and resilient young people that are an investment grade asset capable of attracting FDI.