Words used to describe Gift Lubele: 

Forward thinking

"Changing the way we look at life has the potential to unlock amazing possibilities" - G.Lubele -


About Gift Lubele 

24-year-old young African Climate Entrepreneur 

Gift Lubele, a former research engineer at one of the leading telecommunications companies in South Africa (Dimension Data), is co-founder and chief operating officer of the digital recycling platform Kudoti, which Fast Company named one of 2020’s most innovative companies in South Africa. Gift has designed and facilitated international programs—including Leadership for Social Change in Mauritius, in association with YUVA, which trained youth in Mauritius and was twice awarded by the country’s president. He has been named in the Top 20 under 30 Entrepreneurs by Fast Company and 100 most influential Young South Africans, among other honors. He studied in Mauritius at the African Leadership University, completed a design thinking program from the University of Cape Town School of Business in South Africa, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Business Administration at Regenesys Business School in South Africa.



7 Stages of a Start-up

"Dear entrepreneurs, Here are all my mistakes, don't repeat them" - Gift Lubele - 

Below are the 7 Stages of a Startup and What You Should Be Doing at Each stage. In each stage, I will be sharing with you the mistakes I have made based on the many ideas and start-ups that have failed.
Please note that this does not guarantee success but it is a very reliable framework that has been used by many successful startups.


Ideation 💡

The first time I had a "great" idea I said, "This is a multi-million dollar idea, I should not share it with anyone because they might steal it". Later I learned that almost every single idea you can think of exist already somewhere in the world, if you don't believe me, think of the most unique idea and google it. 


Research 👨🏽‍💻 👩🏼‍💻

As an entrepreneur, we are always so tempted to rush into solution mode, we automatically think of how to create the solution, what it will do, and how big it will be but this was one of my mistakes. I have learned that the best way to come up with an innovation is to fall in love with the problem, invest time to understand it in-depth, and never assume, always ask.


Commitment 🤝 🤞🏽

Smile if you once heard this "I am starting my business to be my own boss", so many entrepreneurs start their business due to this reason, and although there might be some truth to this, a significant amount of entrepreneurs interpret this wrong and show very little commitment to their daily duties. This was one of my mistakes, I was not committed to my business


Traction ⚖️ 🚧

I have to be honest, this has been one of the most difficult stages of my entrepreneurial journey. Whether we are meeting investors, potential partners or even late adapters, we are always asked, how much traction have you got?


Refinement 🔧 ⚙️ 🔩

Okay, so now you have a business that is gaining some traction, how do you keep on keeping on? This stage is the first step in growing a business, where bad processes are refined and good ones are optimized. 


Scaling🤾🏽‍♂️ 🚀

You are now receiving great feedback from clients, you are growing and exploring national and international expansion. What mistakes should you avoid?


Becoming Established 💵 🏌🏽💰🏌🏿‍♀️

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