#25 How Nkosana Mafico realised he had to build his own brand to be an interesting candidate

#25 Nkosana Mafico

Meet this week awesome studentpreneur: Nkosana H Mafico, 20 years old, Student in  Business Management at University of Queensland and entrepreneur at Shandar Entreprise in Brisbane, Australia.

Wrap up:

 Each studentpreneur’s story is different and what works for some people doesn’t for others, however I’d like to point out of few things in Nkosana’s journey that are similar to the studentpreneurs I have interviewed:

Nkasana realised early on that high school is a unique market where customers cannot leave for 6 hours and took advantage of it. The fact that his parents did not give him much pocket money was a motivation  for starting his gardening business. Interestingly in his first year at University he followed the voices from the other mindset: be a good student and wait to graduate to start your business. It was the realisation that he couldn’t get a good internship because the conventional way of applying was not his strength that made him go back to being a Studentpreneur. His motivation was to build his own brand to be an interesting candidate. A business plan competition got him started again and led him to other opportunities with several accelerator programs such as iLab and Muru-D even though he had to invest his own money and study remotely.


  “People say to drop out of uni to run your business but University is key part of where I got today: the people I met, the support I got, it’s very valuable”


-Rich Dad poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki



– As a student you have access to internet for free on all campuses in the world through Eduoram

– Join accelerator programs to be with other entrepreneurs

– Managing studies and business: It’s a matter of what your priorities are.

– Use Flipboard to curate your reading.

– Reach out to potential mentors on LinkedIn (be interesting)

– Each single minute counts, be very disciplined about what you do.

U support U:

  Foster more collaborative work between various faculties


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nkosana-Mafico/100484893632229

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/nkosanahmafico

Website: www.shandaenterprises.com

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August 26, 2015