The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa is a Pan African center training young Africans to develop skills and become the entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.
We had the opportunity to interview the Founder, Javnyuy Joybert, who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.
1. Tell us about yourselves and your organization
Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach, a dynamic and strategic Entrepreneurship & Business Development Trainer/consultant, and a personal efficiency strategist.
I am focused, question asker, answer seeker, problem solver, purposeful young African and the Founder/CEO of COSDEF Group which is an African holding social enterprise with 3 subsidiaries namely CELBMD Africa, Wikajobs & CAMMICS.
My team and I are committed to designing & redefining solutions that last to solve Africa’s problems like poverty in rural areas, unemployment, skills deficiency, community under-development to transform lives, communities & nations.
2. How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
I started COSDEF Group 5 years ago with 2500xaf ( avaragely $5). This amount was all I had with me as balance of my monthly salary while I was still doing 9-5 job
3. What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
One of the challenges I am facing at COSDEF Group is raising funds or getting investment to scale. To manage this situation we have the policy of ploughing back 70% of income back into the business.
Since I founded COSDEF Group, we have never had grants, funding or investments and this made me to learn how to build a sustainable social enterprise. Social Entrepreneurs achieve social impact in their communities and nations while earning an income for themselves.
4. Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
As I indicated earlier, COSDEF Group is a holding social enterprise with 3 subsidiaries (startups) and each of this subsidiary has long term goals. One of them is, The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa which is an International Center of choice for skills/competency based Professional Executive Training/Development in Africa. CELBMD Africa have Trained and Certified (Online & Instructor led) 8750 Executives, Leaders, Entrepreneurs, High School Graduates, University Drop outs etc in 26 African Countries, Each of our customized programs is designed to incite Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Excellence, Workplace efficiency, Problem solving skills, innovative thinking and exchange of ideas. Through Conferences and Capacity Building seminars, CELBMD Africa have empowered 26000+ across Africa in areas of Entrepreneurship, Transformational Leadership, Personal Development, Career Development & Effective organisation/Business Management (Development) practices. In 5 years, CELBMD Africa would have trained and certified 15000+ with relevant skills in 35 African countries.
One of the subsidiaries is called Wikajobs which is a Career Management firm currently connecting 5000+ job seekers & graduates weekly to jobs, scholarships & career opportunities in Cameroon through www.wikajobs.com and providing personalised career management services to 50+ job seekers monthly and helping 30+ startups & NGOs to connect them to interns and volunteers. In 5 years, Wikajobs platform will be reaching out to 40,000+ job seekers & graduates weekly and providing personalised career management services to 150+ job seekers monthly and helping 100+ startups & NGOs to have access to interns and volunteers.
The last startup under COSDEF Group is CAMMICS Village Bank, which is an innovative rural investment micro finance institution (FinTech Social Enterprise) using mobile technology to increase financial inclusiveness in rural areas among rural and semi-urban women and youths who are considered “unbanked” by formal financial institutions we are therefore transforming lives in rural areas “villages” by delivering access to financial services by leveraging on the mobile technology. CAMMICS has supported 700+ women with small business and vocational training, modern farming techniques training, health education & proper parenting and have provided 65+ women and youths micro credit loans to start businesses or invest in their farms in 3 villages. In 5 years, CAMMICS must have provided 5000+ micro credit loans to women in 10+ villages and training 12000+.
Currently, we are sourcing out for funding and investment to help us reach out goal and we are building business processes to handle this growth and establishing partnerships.
5. What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Africa?
In school, the people who make mistakes fail but in entrepreneurship the guys who make the most mistakes succeed the most. Don’t be afraid to do something new because you are afraid to make mistakes. Step out there with boldness and do your thing.
Secondly acquire skills a good number of entrepreneurs in Africa have missed good opportunities because they lack the skills to harness these opportunities and a good number of them have had access to funding but have failed to scale because they lack the skills to scale.
6. How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
Mentorship, relevant skills training in Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Workplace efficiency, corporate excellence, problem solving are crucial to equipping young people with global capabilities necessary for stimulating economic activity in the African Continent. Good training with marketable skills is vital for Africa’s social and economic development. Therefore, through CELBMD Africa we are participating to the development of Africa by providing these much needed skills to young Africans.
Secondly, one of the major challenges that is facing Africa and is even overwhelming governments is unemployment and we are addressing this issue through Wikajobs.
Thirdly, today, more than 2.5 billion people in the developing world including Cameroon (Africa) don’t have access to financial services especially women and youths in rural areas and through CAMMICS Village Bank, we are changing this narrative. Therefore, COSDEF Group through her subsidiaries is participating to the development of Africa in diverse sectors.