Sir Mek, the thing with icons and legends is they never die, they multiply.
When I visited Yule Island last year I walked passed you and later mum’s classroom and proudly told Matt Jones of the humility behind your ascension from that old classroom constructed by French and local Catholics in the early 1900s.
Your humble education illustrated your distinct and rapid ascension from this humble classroom, still serving students today, to negotiating trade deals at the IMF and World Bank in Washington and later becoming a financier and social change advocate which led you to you serving our beloved country’s highest office, as the Prime Minister.
Seeing your photos with Paps (SR Curio Deputy Chair, Mr. Noreo Beangke) at these global organizations that he still keeps proudly framed on the walls today that I too, could have a seat to become qualified as well and have a chance to work in these organizations that serve the vulnerable. And so I applied with the World Bank and despite getting rejected the first time, I pestered the Sydney office and got recalled for a consultancy that I never applied for 6 months later.
All these kids today stand in no comparison to a giant like you. You have taken so much experience, education, wisdom, humility and dedication that cannot be paid for or bought.
Through your living example, your iconic and humble Rise will be told and retold like a Kairuku and Kerema legend to all future generations including my children so they can have wild dreams as well. They will hear about the legend of a humble and diligent student who persisted and served. So when they have the audacity to dream and set goals, they can DARE to dream that they too can sail in their canoes out from the safe harbour of their comfort zones, and achieve anything they want to.
No matter how remote, their place of origin may be, without a compass, their destination is confirmed.
I know your ancestors before you and uncle Henry Kila are throwing a lavish and honourable welcome ceremony in your honour, wearing their traditional regalia, Birds of Paradise plumes, beating their Kundu drums, singing Roro and Kaima songs as they welcome you into our Father’s mansion where you will find – there are many rooms with open doors.
We’re excited to share that some news: SR Curio has joined HubSpot’s Solutions Provider Program.HubSpot, a leading growth platform, works hand-in-hand with partner experts to grow their businesses through inbound software, services, and support.
The Solutions Partner Program is an ecosystem of experts that offer marketing, sales, customer service, web design, CRM, and IT services. It’s a global community that believes putting customers first is the key to growth, and enables its members to offer a wide breadth of more sophisticated solutions across the entire customer experience.
Why does this matter?
Technology is vital to help sales and marketing teams develop the best possible experiences for their customers. And Hubspot is one of the best tools out there. We’ve seen its impact firsthand with our clients.
Though already certified in Hubspot, becoming a Solutions Provider makes it even easier to help our clients harness its CRM and marketing automation power. We are now better able to tap into Hubspot’s resources and expertise. We can now help clients ramp up with increased speed and less friction.
If you’re looking to unlock more value from Hubspot in your business, or are considering how Hubspot might help you, simply reach out to us here.
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Hope you all tuned in with us last night to #PwCxSlush.
As part of SR Curio’s #TakeTheTrip Challenge we have been immersing ourselves to scale our products to serve our mission to create authentic human experiences and brands to leverage social impact.
Summary of PwCxSlush 2020
For start-ups who are hesitant to approach venture capital funds, there were compelling arguments and insights to help achieve their mission.
Chevron Technology Ventures, Investment Manager for Global Energy Fund, Jesse Teichmann, summarised useful tips including the following to help you prepare.
Think of the goals of the company and what the goals of the investors are. For example, match 5 company goals with the goals of each of the number of the number of investors, for example, if there are five investors – match a company goal to each investor.
In addition to your elevator pitch, go to a local school or university (we livestreamed our founder’s Alma Mater, Bond University’s Demo Day on LinkedIn) to see what needs to be said in terms of messaging and develop an ear for what works and doesn’t work in terms of messaging to a particular audience of investors.
Have humility about your business model, don’t speak about massive success but break it down into manageable and realistic phases. For example, “Here is where we are with our R&D roadmap, here is where we will be in one year, three years and five years. Here is the mechanisms and the things we will put in place, in terms of mechanically, culturally and sales channels so that’s the concrete and digestible plan you will be investing in, said Chevron Technology Venture’s Jesse Teichmann.
Pirita Näkkäläjärvi of Helen Ventures added that when you wrap up your pitch, answer any questions to help the investor with what information do they need in order to make an investment decision, make sure it’s not only one person speaking but the whole team gets to speak to illustrate team dynamics, be in the same room and pitch with other team members if its virtual to connect with the investors.
The fireside chat with Zoom’s Abe Smith, Head of International Sales and Expansion showed how having a compelling mission to “create happiness” was a mission that drove Zoom’s incredible growth – in April Zoom achieved 300 million daily Zoom users, read that again. That’s per day.
Zoom launched their IPO in 2019 into a crowded space, but they believed they had a better product and an innovative pricing model.
Zoom considered consumer behaviour, trends in the category such as the growth of the gig workforce, distance learning and mobility – the “flexibility and agility in working however you wanted, wherever you wanted” according to Smith.
Zoom take their business seriously, and view it as critical for its customers success.
Early during the COVID-19 lockdowns, Zoom developed a 90 day plan to develop their product and were able to introduce more than 90 features to advance a core value of their product, in this case, security.
As part of their contribution to their community, they allowed their education package free for schools around the world so classrooms from kindergarten to Year 12 could continue uninterrupted.
An issue start-ups are attempting to answer is: How do you scale across borders and internationally?
Smith’s recommended tips for Start-up Success included:
1. Be bold 2. Be happy with yourself and deliver happiness to others 3. Serve your community 4. Be committed
Thank you Serge Reh for moderating this session.
We will also do a wrap up post on the other events we have attended this month including:
1) Asia Pacific Business Forum 2020 hosted by UNESCAP 2) APEC CEO Summit Dialogues 3) Upcoming APEC Voices of the Future Programme; and the 4) Women in Entrepreneurship Workshop hosted by Kampala Foundation.
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Mr. Iso Mamba, is a man in his 50’s from the rural village of Tombil in Minj, in the beautiful Jiwaka province of Papua New Guinea.
A man of deep faith, his handmade wooden Pestle and Mortar product has been a best seller and pre-orders have exceeded sales of 70 units in its first 24 hours.
This allows Mr. Mamba, to support his family of 4 children and his wife, who helps him sell the items locally and create a sustainable livelihood.
Due to the influx of sales, SR Curio has created a simple Google form to allow him to manage the orders and clients.
When we placed our order through his niece, Sofia Kilini, we also discovered that Mr. Mamba was not born disabled but was the victim of sorcery-related violence.
To deliver the product to clients who have pre ordered, his niece Sofia Kilipi, will pick up the stock, a 2 hour drive from Minj, return back to Minj and continue the 60km journey to the nearest airport in Mt. Hagen, where partner delivery service, Go Food PNG will deliver the product to clients addresses.
The APEC CEO Summit, established in 1996, takes place annually alongside APEC Leaders’ meetings and is a unique opportunity for global business leaders to engage with Presidents, Prime Ministers and other key ministers from across the region.
The inaugural APEC CEO Dialogues, hosted by the Malaysian delegation from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will be a 24-hour program, inviting APEC’s business and government leaders to discuss the region’s priorities in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Participants will include APEC Leaders, global CEOs, visionary entrepreneurs, highly respected thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the region.
This year, SR Curio founder, Sofia Ramoi has received an invitation to attend from ABAC and shares:
Two years ago, I was fortunate to be contracted by ABAC PNG and under the vision of ABAC PNG Member, the late Mr. Wayne Golding, OBE, I was part of the team that hosted the APEC CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea. This year, I am privileged to receive an exclusive invitation and look forward to learning and engaging in the Dialogues to develop a plan for how #MSME’s like SR Curio can grow and implement the ABAC recommendations from the ABAC 2020 Final Report. On a personal note, I look forward to the address by Sheryl Sandberg, COO for Facebook and founder of Leanin.org, who’s quote “Done is better than perfect”, has been a personal mantra since 2013.”
Sofia Ramoi, founder and director of SR Curio
About Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.
Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.
Sheryl lives in Menlo Park, California, with her son and daughter.
Socially driven for profit, SR Curio has appointed Zanthea Chulio as its Social Impact Advisor to focus on measuring the effectiveness and accountability of corporate social responsibility campaigns.
6 November 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Socially driven for profit, SR Curio has appointed Zanthea Chulio as its Social Impact Advisor.
Zanthea has over nine years professional experience in the urban and social planning fields and holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Queensland University of Technology.
Zanthea Chulio, SR Curio’s Social Impact Advisor comments:
“I’ve always been passionate about finding solutions that face both my local community and those abroad and my experience in public service has provided me the ability to help those through aligning strategic and government priorities to the most vulnerable. I operate in my corporate profession as I do in my personal, with authenticity and curiosity and aim to make a lasting, positive impact in the world.
My career in urban and regional planning and later, community engagement has enabled me to work with a multitude of organisations and stakeholders in the public and private sector.
In every case, the mission has been the same – solve society’s most important problems with innovative approaches to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
In the very early stages of start ups, we are all told to write a business plan. Most of us do not. Let’s not pretend.
How do you distinguish between someone with just an idea and an entrepreneur? A person with an idea may have acted on that idea and met a prospect, converted that into a lead and opportunity and closed a sale. Got paid. In cash.
Now, how do we distinguish between a person who through sheer hussle and ingenuity or through the support of a friend or family member wanting to help out, made a sale – to someone who wants to scale, or open a bank account, or get funding legitimately.
The journey to legitimacy will begin with your own research – asking a family member or a quick, convenient Google Search where checklists for how to start a business will appear.
A question you will get initially is, “Do you have an IPA certificate?”
An IPA certificate or business name registration is a standard requirement to open a bank account.
The IPA or Investment Promotion Authority as it is formally known stands out for its key role of managing the Companies Office, Securities Commission, and the Intellectual Property Office.
The IPA also identifies international markets for Papua New Guinean exporters.
“It was with IPA’s vision on trade investments that Oshin Organics Limited grew. In Max- toneHaus’s first year of operation, IPA invited me to take our products to New Zealand. This was invaluable to our export growth. This also helped shape Oshin Organics Limited in terms of packaging and labeling and finding channels of distribution.With IPA, I went to New Zealand twice as MaxtoneHaus and then Oshin Organics. The difference is phenomenal. Attending these trade shows led to the initiation of Oshin Organics Limited’s website. Thank you IPA for your support of SMEs like Oshin Organics Limited,” said owner, Ernestine Kong.
As a powerful government authority, IPA stands out for its seriousness of intent.
IPA, which is in progress to present amendments to key legislation during the upcoming November PNG parliament session which includes the much-buzzed-about reserved business activity list, has as of late been promoting women-led businesses such as Oshin Organics and Yanua Kitchen.
IPA also has a robust and well managed “Do It Online” system which allows entrepreneurs to register businesses or companies, file annual returns and perform company searches.
But IPA does not breathe and live independent from the creative and smart team serving its walk in and online clients, who are just as committed to helping you promote your idea as they are with reminding you to file annual returns – but whose grind flirts and complements the hussle of their clients as they push towards creating 500,000 SMEs by 2030.
IPA’s dialogue hones in on subjects such as development and local SME empowerment.
While some of our answers were not yet fully formed in the initial idea testing of the minimum viable product and launch test of our marketing campaign for our Business Plan Bonanza, the interviewer’s questions, provoked us and added up to something compelling and gutsy.
We chatted with IPA.
What is unique about your business?
SR Curio is a purpose and socially driven business for profit that specializes in integrated marketing communications and business design.
The business is in the final stages of being an approved Business Advisor with the New Zealand government funded Business Link Pacific suite of business advisors.
We offer the Business Plan Bonanza as an introductory solution targeting entrepreneurs and businesses who are presently in their growth cycle. It provides an opportunity to review, analyzing and update business models, drivers and profitability as a means to develop growth strategies and source financing through partners or commercial financing.
Do you have targeted businesses in specific industries that you’d like to work with?
Market research has demonstrated the lack of affordable business advisory services and we are currently targeting entrepreneurs with 3 to 5 years of operational experience in the agriculture, retail and tourism industries.
How do you see your business assisting and improving the underdeveloped industries and the local SMEs?
Consumer insights in the agriculture space such as the case study from Illimo Dairy Farm – the increased demand for Illimo Milk’s product line from the domestic market during the COVID-19 lockdown – highlights the demand for nationally sourced products and services from local suppliers.
The leadership and strategy by large retail groups with national reach such as the CPL Group of Companies, connect and source local ingredients from rural areas including often hard to reach growers. In addition, Paradise Foods is now helping Cacao growers and farmers plant seeds in the Central Province, identifing there is a movement towards an inclusive economy that is also commercially sustainable in the longer-term.
The goal to incorporate rural based SMEs into a national value supply chain will also drive the demand to incorporate our farmers and growers into the formal economy with an affordable business design and support services for their businesses to incorporate, brand and seek sound financial planning advice.
Tell us about your business plan bonanza and what you intend to achieve out of this?
The Business Plan Bonanza is the introductory solution, a component of our wider product suite that channels our business design and integrated marketing communications structure together.
For our September test launch, we provided an introductory offer for the first 20 registrations to receive a discounted fee of K1,000 from the normal K2,500. So far we have 7 confirmed registrations.
Interesting to note is the varying industries from the initial subscribers which include a seamstress from New Ireland as well as a landlord in Port Moresby seeking a property development plan to refinance.
Our mission is to become a strategic partner of our clients and the Business Plan Bonanza, initially a hypothesis that we are testing, has shown there is a demand for this type of service.
Additionally, developing long-term trust and relationships with the first twenty subscribers and those there after, will allow us to develop long-term relationships with their brands.
The Business Plan Bonanza is not purely about writing a business plan and ticking it off the list of things to do, but is essentially a “Growth Plan” to allow subscribers achieve their personal and business goals.
This unique solution at its most basic level can be used with our branding package. If the client requires a solution that we do not specialise in, we simply refer them to another Business Link Pacific certified and approved advisor.
The Business Plan Bonanza is modelled off the trend within the “Big 4” professional service firms such as PwC, complementing their core business with the extended offering, cross marketing other services within the PwC network such as the Experience Centre, PwC Digital and Strategy& which demonstrates what we can offer to SME’s a similar capability but at a subsidised scale and price point.
In 2019, the Asia Pacific Business Forum was hosted in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the first time. The event was attended by Chief Executives, Chairmen and influencers of business, aid and development from across the Asia Pacific.
SR Curio director, Sofia Ramoi was a delegate and a successful outcome of attending the meetings was meeting the Chairman of Colorpak Limited and the Pacific Foam Group, which employs a workforce at their factory and offices in Lae and Port Moresby to conceptualize and brand the socially responsible Lukautim Bag, which has been adopted and used at national retailer, City Phatmacy Group, replacing single use plastic bags in Papua New Guinea.
Executive Director of Port Moresby-based professional digital & design agency specialising in digital marketing and creative design solutions Verge PNG, Zha Agabe-Granfar shared how APBF 2019 served as a sustainable development forum:
Discussions were held about the challenges of sustainable development for business across the region and international visitors were impressed by the rich potential and valuable new relationships formed linking Papua New Guinea and the Pacific to Asia.
Zha Agabe-Granfar, Executive Director of Verge PNG
Chris Mitchell, a Business Analyst from Brisbane, Australia attended APBF2019 as a self funded attendee to understand climate change situation in the Pacific for his Honours degree dissertation.
The 2019 ESCAP Asia-Pacific Business Forum, held in Port Moresby, was a fantastic opportunity to mix with like-minded people and to listen, learn, discuss and understand business issues faced in the Asia-Pacific region from individuals and businesses firsthand experiences. As such, it was a wonderful environment to forge new alliances, generate new business opportunities and meet new friends. The beautiful APEC Haus allowed the whole attendees to congregate together and listen to a line of high-quality specialists speaking within their field of expertise. Afterwards, breakout sessions were available to choose from covering a variety of aspects within the event theme of global goals and local opportunities. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and look forward to the next one.
WHAT IS THE ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business forum organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The APBF’s mission is to provide the best platform for continuous regional multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role and needs of business in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
For more information on previous sessions of the APBF please visit this page.
The theme for this year is the Future of Global Value Chains and Implications for SME’s.
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum for 2020 is being held on October 30, 2020 virtually and there are only 9 days left to register.
UPDATE: Registration is now closed, but all sessions will be broadcasted on YouTube. Please access the sessions on YouTube by visiting apbf2020.com.
What does Sept 16 and Independence Day mean to you #PNG. We asked a few students from Passam National School of Excellence today during the 45th Independence Day celebrations in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
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