The SAWIP team spent four days in New York City. The city gave the team an opportunity to learn about business and entrepreneurship, as well as experience the dynamism of the city.
The first session we had was with Noah Glass. The founder of Olo, a food ordering software allowing customers to “skip the line”. His company boasts 25 million users. This was a moment of inspiration for some team members as he shared his journey filled with struggles of making a profit, to currently experiencing exponential growth. Through his story, we learnt the tools used to grow his business.
The team also engaged with Roxanne Dyssell, a South African entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder and marketing director of Nalla International- a hardware supplier focused on serving operators and Internet Service Providers around the world, specifically frontier markets.
Over and above entrepreneurship, the team had the opportunity to gain insights on economics and banking in Corporate America from Makhosazana Nkosi who holds an associate position at Standard Bank New York.
We also had the privilege of learning more about the Fordham University Emerging Markets Program, which is a summer program with a focus on economics and finance for students and working professionals from South Africa. The team also had a tour of the United Nations Headquarters. We had the pleasure of viewing the various meeting rooms where the executive officials pass resolutions, make decisions and ultimately shape global affairs. The tour also provided a deeper understanding of the UNs role and purpose in tackling global challenges.
New York City is a place filled with wonder and adventure, and the team members went out to experience the city and all it has to offer, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Bridge and Chinatown.