This serial entrepreneur started his journey 13 years ago when he sold airtime to classmates via SMS-based protocol apps. Velani went on to start two more ventures - an assignment delivery business at the University of Cape Town and a social venture called Phambili Mzansi.
LULA, Velani’s most successful business to date, has raised millions of rands from local and international investors, created jobs for young people, and won the Startup of The Year Award in 2019, at the Global Startup Awards. Driven by his mission to serve people and solve problems, Velani is empowered to provide the infrastructure critical for more sustainable, productive, and accessible African cities - one ride at a time.
We asked Velani a few questions…
Tell us more about why you believe personal evolution, trying new things and carving new paths is important?
I believe in the above because, in order to become what you are truly meant to be and achieve all your dreams whilst making an impact, you must evolve and get uncomfortable. Getting out of your comfort zone is the first step to achieving growth and living a purpose-filled life.
What has being in lockdown taught you about yourself?
It has taught me what really matters, who matters and why, above all else, my choices matter. Running a mobility business during a pandemic that forced people to work from home has taught me to think and act faster than I usually do and learnt just how much resilience one truly has.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Looking forward to learning from everyone.
What key message or inspirational quote would you like to share with our virtual event audience?
"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor".