International integrated sustainable Business Development consultancy worldwide
100% Zomer has prepared many integrated sustainable business plans and feasibility studies. For start-up and scale-up businesses in upcoming markets, such as Malawi and Uganda but also Cabo Verde. In which eco, social and financial values were embedded at the same time. A large African company often founded these businesses. Other clients were start-ups for example from migrants that wanted to develop a business in their home country. Below you can find a selection of the projects done by 100% Zomer.
Tags:integrated sustainability business development / intercultural communication / scale-up / start-up / upcoming markets
When: January 2004- date
Who: Advance Consulting, IntEnt and BID network
Why: Companies saw an opportunity to start-up or scale-up a sustainable business within the PSI subsidy program. A program of the Ministry of Economic Affairs that supported up to 60% of the total investment. Requirements were strict and 100% Zomer became an expert in this subsidy and other subsidy programs. 100% Zomer was therefore hired for acquired knowledge and all round business experience in upcoming markets. The past years 100% Zomer received several requests for consultancy covered by the IMVO vouchers (Freek kan je deze link doorklikbaar maken http://mvonederland.nl/internationaal-mvo/imvo-vouchers ).The vouchers cover 50% of a sustainable business innovation consult in a selected group of upcoming countries.
Tasty Soy Bits Company in Uganda received 800.000-euro PSI subsidy based on the business plan, approved local legal papers and the consortium. Tasty Soy Pieces (TSP) is nutritious, low cost meat replacing food item that is developed from sustainable produced soybean combined with maize, salt and spices. Seba Foods from Malawi has developed the product and successfully markets it in Malawi and other countries in Southern Africa. A sister company in Zambia has been equally successful. After having completed some trial supplies in East Africa with good results, Seba wished to expand its market in East Africa and wanted to establish a sustainable soybean processing line for the production of TSP. This processing plant was set up together with Export Trading Uganda, the largest buyer of soybeans from Uganda. Than most of the soybeans bought by Export Trading were exported to other countries where it is processed into food items or other products with an added value.
The International Bottling Company Ltd., wanted to develop a specialized beverage contract- filling line in Uganda. 100% Zomer provided advice on their business plan, the legal and consortium requirements. Although the partnership seemed strong it did not succeed, due to change of direction of the main contractor. The plan did therefore not qualify for PSI subsidy eventually. The proposed pilot was a specialized contract filling business for the beverage industry in Uganda. This was a new and non-existing business in Uganda. Also in East-Africa it is a new concept. The new JV will provide contract filling for producers of carbonated soft drinks, still drinks such as juices and water. In Africa, especially in and from South Africa the contract filling business was developing fe to Congo. Contract manufacturing is growing in the beverage industry but also at other sectors like the pharmaceutical and cosmetically industry in Africa. The main demand in Uganda was created at Ugandan supermarkets, small-scale manufacturers, larger manufacturers and distributors and proprietors of imported products. The consortium managed to get some letters of Intent already from some potential clients.
Estadia Company in Cabo Verde wanted to start a Home Rental Agency in São Vicente, Cabo Verde. Later they aimed to expand the agency to the he other islands of the archipel. 100% Zomer coached them on their business plan. Besides that 100% Zomer prepared the entrepreneurs for a jury selection meeting of IntEnt. They succeeded to get their first capital injection based on a quality business plan and a convincing presentation and session with the jury. The reason they started the Home Rental business in São Vicente was because they had a network of prospects, knowledge of the Island and their target group frequently visited the Island for business or vacation. Their goal was to set up a company, which offers full rental service regarding the houses of the diaspora in São Vicente. There are more than 1 million Cape Verdeans living abroad. They largely contribute to country’s GDP, for example through building houses and remittances. Estadia has found that many of these apartments / houses are not providing the planned revenue. They wanted to change that with their Estadia Company.