Murendi Mafuno | gentleGiant

2015-01-05
Murendi Mafuno

Murendi Mafuno has always been in touch with his entrepreneurial spirit. At 17 he started his first business selling concentrated juice to his community with a little help from his uncle. The money he made from this savvy venture helped him to pay for his school fees. 

 
The inspiration for his first business came from his high school science teacher who showed faith in his abilities and gave him the drive he needed to get his very first business off the ground. 
 
Today this social entrepreneur and scientist is the proud CEO of gentleGiant*; the first ever street-wear brand for impact. gentleGiant* aims to change the way Maths and Science is taught and learnt schools across the country. They do this by designing, branding and selling street-wear to raise awareness and increase access to higher learning for all kids in South Africa. 
 
During his entrepreneurial journey, Murendi says the greatest lesson he has learned is “That things don't always work out the way we plan them, the business plan can be perfect, but business is all about people and people are not perfect”. 
 
Through his involvement at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Murendi has learned invaluable business fundamentals, including “the pitching the contest and the class on compliance and taxes”. 
 
Murendi has come a long way since selling concentrated juice in his home-town. He lists his greatest achievement to far as “Being chosen as one of the 46 South African Young African leaders for Mandela Washington Fellowship in the Business and Entrprenuership track at Yale University.”. 
 
His advice to anyone taking the entrepreneurial train is “Think big act small. It is easy to get side-tracked by the big vision”. He also recommends looking into The Lean Start-up methodology
 
The future is bright for this gentleGiant* and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!