Tenderpoint: A start-up addressing procurement challenges in South Africa

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tenderEvery entrepreneur knows how the tender process can sometimes be a daunting experience.  It’s a constant battle of trying to source work opportunities, relying on newspapers and databases on government websites.  One has to ask, are those platforms enough and easily accessible for all entrepreneurs? That is what Asa Walesa Mazomba wanted to solve by developing an online construction procurement platform which links construction businesses to available tenders, both in the public and private sector.

Originally from Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Mazomba left his day job as a quantinty surveyor to build his start-up after a realization that something was lacking in the industry.

“TenderPoint started when I was running my own construction management company. My industry peers and I decided to consciously collaborate and actively search for opportunities which we could all share in,” explains the young entrepreneur, htxt Africa reported.

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Mazomba’s start-up works as a platform that not only acts as a tender notification service but goes as far as creating tenders, publishing them and managing tender submissions.

Like any other start-up, Tenderpoint was not immune to challenges and setbacks in its beginning stages but like any endeavour, all Mazomba needed was patience, passion and perseverance.  Just two years after the company was founded, they received their big break after securing second place in the Engen Pitch and Polish 2014 startups competition.

Registering on the website is free with the option of choosing to have only the list of specific ones you’d be interested in at an annual affordable fee of R499.

One of the many ways South African entrepreneurs are reaching out and making opportunities available to the masses.  This is certainly a start-up worth knowing!

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