Seasoned business consultant, fundraiser, strategy advisor and executive leader expert at growing sustainable for-profit and non-profit enterprises. 30+ years building successful businesses. Richard founded his first technology startup in 1980 and sold it to a Fortune 100 multinational 5 years later. He served as VP of Worldwide Sales for Polaroid’s Magnetic Media division before founding Re:Launch in 1990, advising ICT businesses for clients such as Memorex, Computer Associates, IBM as well as many other smaller firms and startups, raising millions of dollars and helping take several public via IP before selling Re:Launch to an investor group in 2003. In 2005 he joined Big Brothers Big Sisters, a youth mentoring NGO as CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew services by 300% while reducing costs.
He is the author of the Software Channel Sales Guidebook, published The StoreCheck Report, and has been a speaker at many ICT industry conferences. He completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2006 and continues to be a Board Member and advisor for many not-for-profit social change organizations. He is currently Chief Strategy Advisor at Kickstart Growth.
Makange Mramba, Finance Manager
Mramba Makange has a wide experience in SMEs businesses and Financial Management. He was very instrumental in the Savings and Credit Societies modernization program initiated by SCCULT as an Consultant and also participated actively in the SMEs capacity building program carried out by SELF project under the Vice President’s Office and the International Labor Organization (ILO).
He has also carried out several capacity building programs in financial management and best practice through the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments throughout Tanzania and is an accredited LGAs trainer by GIZ. Mramba has also worked as Financial Controller and Administrator in projects under the United Nations Development Program, USAID and ADF. He also supported a number of projects run by Poverty Africa (Global) in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and prior to that, he also worked as a Senior Auditor in Cooperatives Audit and Supervision Corporation.
Currently Mramba is the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) Financial Manager responsible with the overall financial management matters of the Incubator. Mramba is trained in Accounting and ICT with a Master’s Degree in ICT Law.
Mr Collin Gumbo
Entrepreneurial executive with more than 10 years of experience in high capacity sales in new business development, logistics supply chain, strategic planning and personnel at the regional and corporate level for manufacturing, established retail and service bound companies including BP Tanzania (now Puma Energy), Lafarge Mbeya Cement and Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL).
He was quite instrumental in market share growth of Mbeya Cement in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania in 2006 and early part of 2007. Collin went on to spend 5 years with TTCL, Tanzania incumbent fixed line carrier as Manager Sales Strategy. The role was highly illuminating as provided him with opportunity to acquire more skills in networking, Strategic Planning and Business Development. In TTCL he was part of 5-members technical committee that prepared the first ever 5 years Strategic Business Plan of the newly inaugurated country’s National ICT Backbone project in 2010.
Collin holds MBA in Marketing from the University of Dar es Salaam and is a certified accountant. He brings to DTBi not only his strong financial acumen but also in depth understanding of dynamics of ICT industry in Tanzania and strong track record of success in identifying opportunities for accelerated growth.
Pre-Incubation – 3 months:
Any person with an idea is invited to be part of the pre-incubation stage as long as they meet one major criteria: the idea solves a problem in the community. If accepted, DTBi works with the pre – incubatee to make the idea bankable and to graduate the startup phase. The pre- incubation program is done in the BUNI innovation space at Costech and in collaboration with other Innovation Hubs.
DTBi provides these services to innovators in the pre-incubation stage:
ed resources, facilitating access to finance and markets through credible support, guidance and business management, and networking for technical trends and opportunities to access markets.
This stage of incubation is for Pre- incubation members having graduated the pre- incubation stage or for Innovators with prototypes that are for testing and commercialization. During this stage, the prototype is completed and tested. Innovators are assisted to identify pilot testing sites, development of revenue model and given a range of business development support services to support business formalization and monitorization. The incubatees at this stage stay for a period of 6 months after which they will be evaluated for continuity and or graduation in the program.
DTBi provides these services to innovators in the Start-Up Phase:
This stage of incubation is for companies with a minimum annual turnover of 15,000,000 Tsh ($9,375 USD) or higher. These companies can either be resident in the incubation facility or non-residents who maintain offices elsewhere. The companies are supported to link to potential markets, access to financing, business advice, space and internet for resident companies among others.
DTBi provides these services for incubatee companies: