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UpCycly : get personalized and “green” furnitures for your business

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Tell us a few words about the founders and how the idea came

The story behind UpCycly is that of a founder who decided to change his life from one day to the next, and to make sense of it. Wassim Chelfi arrived in France as a 19-year-old foreigner student, then worked as a computer scientist for 6 years. Walking on the streets of Paris every day and noticing the overabundant waste, most of which is reusable, the idea of upcycling wood waste to create design and DIY furniture came to his mind, as a simple distraction at the beginning, but then as a real project of promoting biodiversity. That is how he left his job and created UpCycly in 2014.

Your products and services 

Anything, absolutely anything, can be upcycled. If recycling consists in turning an old object into a new one of equal value, upcycling adds value to it. A trash to treasure concept that UpCycly has made its main activity. We upcycle wooden pallets and turn them into luxurious furniture dedicated to any kind of businesses : restaurants, FabLab, hotels, offices, coworking spaces, etc. 

UpCycly is also the leader of collaborative furniture creation. This concept consists in inviting all clients to participate in their furniture conception. We come with the material and the employees are invited to put their shoulder to the wheel, following our carpenters’ advices.

Before each project, we organize a brainstorming session so that UpCycly team and the clients decide together the type of furniture to create, then we prepare 3D modeling to show them how their future office will look like.

Your success factors 

UpCycly is a start-up committed to sustainable development. Despite a small team, we accompany each of our clients from the decision-making to the execution phase. Our custom-made furnitures are designed to meet with the identity of each company we are creating for.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

UpCycly’s activities meet the needs of the society and the planet. Not only do we promote biodiversity, but we also create employment by recruiting only local artisans in our workshop.

With the help of technology, UpCycly offers innovative services. With our 3D modeling, companies are invited to concretely visualize their future workplace. 

Finally, UpCycly helps you to get personalized and original furniture in any office. Wooden pallets can actually bring a real charm to your interior due to their old appearance. And with our tailor-made furniture, we can go from the simplest products to the most atypical ones.

Your website

 https://upcycly.com/

 

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Peanut Milk : a non-dairy beverage created using peanuts and water

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Tell us a few words about the founders and how the idea came

My founders have 2 years experience in operation management from Dhow and Jeep Tours. And In-house Dietitian has 1-year experience of cooking children foods for nursery. The idea came after learning from World Health Organization using Therapeutic Food to treat made from peanuts to treat malnutrition.

Your products and services 

Peanut milk is a non-dairy beverage created using peanuts and water. Recipe variations include salt, sweeteners, and grains. It does not contain any lactose and is therefore suitable for people with lactose intolerance and biomass briquettes are biofuel substitute to coal and charcoal, made using shells of peanuts used as cooking fuel. 

Your success factors 

First , Financials in a month will make my business successful such as Monthly expenses US$ 800, Break- Even Volume 10,500 and Break- Even Revenue US$ 5250.
Second , Operation costs in a month will make my business success such as Fixed costs US $3360 and Variable costs US $5976
Third, Government policies encourage more investments as right now Tanzania is moving to the industrial economy many issues such as getting free land to construct factory and others give relief to business owners.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

First, New competition, power of buyers to my new products such as briquettes and peanut milk will make them choose substitute products if my price is higher.
Second , there is no similar product on the market hence many customers will need strong marketing to believe in my products.

Your business model 

I am going to make money by selling peanut milk boxes directly to Kindergartens and Biomass briquettes to households.

A few words about your competitors

My main competitors are ASAS DAIRIES LTD receive raw milk from their farms and other suppliers, processing it into various milk products including fresh milk and AZAM Dairy Products who received milk powders from their partners and process into milk.

 

 

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Design Kwetu : a pallet woodwork startup in Uganda

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Tell us a few words about the founders and how the idea came

The founders Winyi Patrick and Silas Byakutaaga studied Civil Engineering &  Architecture at University respectively. Having been great friends while at University it was a great honor to work together after school to make various wood products.

“The idea came from the opportunity that I and my business partner, Silas Byakutaaga shared a house while at University Of  Dar – Es – Salaam. We had our mattresses on Pallets and also sat on Pallets as we watched Soccer and other Tv programs. When we got back home and jobs were scarce to find we used our ingenuity to create wood works that in turn we would sell and make some money off”, explains Winyi Patrick

Your products and services 

  • Pallet beds
  • Pallet chairs
  • Wooden Beds
  • Wooden Bow – Ties 
  • Chopping Boards
  • Pallet Boardrooms
  • Pallet Coffee Tables

Your success factors 

Feedback from customers and communication to clients through Email & Phone-calls 

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

We provide different ways to recycle wood, especially pallets & other old building materials like iron sheets

Your business model  

We simply build and innovate wooden concepts. Most of the clients come in wanting custom made items so it’s easy to advertise since they are able to have a personal fill of what is built from scratch.

We also make wooden chopping boards, and wooden -Bowties that customers can access at “The Kona “ shop, Bukoto street.

A few words about your competitors

We do not have many competitors and if they are their mode of operation is different from us as we try to reuse materials like pallets & also blend in designs like rustic looks.

Your website 

http://www.pictame.com/user/designkwetu/245145127

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Iwose : a bespoke footwears manufacturing service

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Tell us a few words about the founders and how the idea came

The idea came from the Skill acquisition and empowerment Programme that Nigeria Youth Corps Members have organized. The skill one of us chose was Shoemaking. Then, we realized that in our geographical location, people were into going to stores and malls to buy foreign footwear and we wanted to change that.

We started making footwear from fabrics including old pairs of jeans and clothes to try new things out.

Your products and services 

We make Bespoke footwears in all manner of fabrics and specifications our customers want. We try our new designs and materials to see if they make comfortable footwear. We give our customers advice on footwear even if we don’t get patronized.

Your success factors

Patience, Persistence, teamwork, willingness to keep striving, competitiveness.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing

Consistency and continuous creative development.

Your business model

Initially, we were not making any. We just saved up and used our personal savings and agreed they were sunk costs. But with time sales improved and we were able to make a little more than we were investing which is being ploughed back into the business since it’s not enough profit to be shared yet.

A few words about your competitors

It hasn’t been easy because it seems more and more people are getting into the shoemaking industry. But the field is big enough for everyone to play in, you just have to be different and stand out enough to maintain a reasonable portion of the pitch.

 

 

 

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