21 Sep Rama Raphalalani (Free Minds Consulting)
Rama Raphalalani is currently studying his Economics Honours degree at the University of Cape Town. He is on the dual-track program of the AGOF, working his way into the Association.
The name of the business Rama entered into IVC is Free Minds Consulting. The business is research based, with the intention of moderating and evaluating frameworks. This is done in order to assist corporates in meeting their goals by ensuring that their impact is monitored and measured. The business is currently working with entrepreneurship hubs, NGOs and other such organisations.
Rama joined the IVC as a result of being nominated for the dual-track program by his PLPO. He thought it would be a great idea for his business to be exposed to the knowledge and support that was being offered by the IVC. Through this journey he aimed to build solid networks that, he believes, are one of the reasons why businesses succeed today.
“IVC, thus far, has contributed largely to the way we interact with our customers. It has taught us how to best understand the customer we are serving, and more importantly, how to get them to pay for our services”, says Rama.
Sadaf Vahedna is Rama’s business mentor/coach. He goes on to say, “Sadaf is really cool. She has impacted our IVC journey quite significantly. Our business is constantly pivoting and continuously changing. It’s been amazing working alongside her to find the best way to grow our business”.
Currently Free Minds Consulting is in the process of growing their client pool. At present, this does not require additional funding.
Rama’s advice to Fellows thinking of joining IVC, is to just do it. He says that the program does become intense, however you learn a great deal of knowledge. It completely changes one’s perspective on doing business.