A #QVRFAQ History
Trustco is well known for its corporate social investment initiatives, but perhaps the most known initiative was started by its managing director, Dr Quinton van Rooyen, about three and a half years ago. He had identified a need in the Namibian community and saw the hunger in up-and-coming entrepreneurs for direction and potential solutions to the roadblocks they were facing.
So, on 18 June 2015 the first QvR Code event occurred. With topics such as “Are tenderpreneurs by definition unsuccessful entrepreneurs?” and “Are entrepreneurs born or raised?” the event drew a massive crowd at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek. After such a success, Dr van Rooyen realised that a single event, however successful, could not build a Namibian entrepreneurial culture. It had to continue – and not just in Windhoek.
A few months later, the event was brought to the coast – specifically, Walvis Bay. On 19 November 2015, the second session of the QvR Code was hosted at the Pelican Bay Hotel, and the room was packed, with many people having to stand in attendance. The topic discussed varied from “Do women make better entrepreneurs than men?” to “The essential elements of business plans.” For the first time here, the event was also live streamed via Periscope, with 256 people watching it online.
Then in 2016 the first event kicked off in the summer in Keetmanshoop, at the Schützenhaus on 11 February. With the smaller town setup, the event changed somewhat, but topics such as “Should agriculture, farming and small business management be taught as subjects in rural schools?” and “How can small town businesses compete with city businesses?” were still covered. The Periscope streaming reached 121 viewers, but that night, a cash prize was awarded to a three-person committee selected at the event to start a new business with.
Next up was Ongwediva, where the QvR Code landed on 7 April 2016, and Bennies Park was packed to the gills. Topics included such questions as “Is subsistence farming viable in a drought situation?” and “Why do you think business ventures in the north of Namibia grows so fast?” Periscope streaming that night hit 178 viewers, and once again a cash prize was awarded to a three-person committee selected at the event to start a new business with.
On 2 June 2016, the QvR Code reached Luderitz. The event at the Lüderitz Nest Hotel was the first time that a guest appeared alongside Dr van Rooyen – namely his youngest son, Le-Hugo van Rooyen. He regaled tales of the lessons he had learned growing up in an entrepreneurial household. The QvR Code also transitioned from Periscope to Facebook Live, enabling up to 11 000 viewers to join the discussion online. By 4 August 2016, Rundu was on the agenda, with the slogan “Kapisi yeyi yakara momagazaro govantu, nye yeyi wapura nyamoge.” At the Kavango Regional Council Auditorium, NEEEF was extensively discussed, and Facebook Live viewership reached 25 000 people joining online.
Next up was Gobabis, where the who’s who of Gobabis converged at the Goba Lodge on 6 October 2016 to engage Dr van Rooyen and discover why he’s always had an optimistic outlook on life. The two-hour event drew 55 000 viewers on Facebook Live, and given that this event occurred at the end of winter, the QvR Code donated bales of hay to selected audience members who asked penetrating and insightful questions.
The last QvR Code of 2016 was then at Rehoboth. La Palace was bursting at the seams to accommodate all the people in attendance, with Dr van Rooyen explaining one should customize your unique selling point to your client. The online attendance for that night reached 49 000 viewers, and similar to the Gobabis show, bales of hay were donated to selected audience members who asked penetrating and insightful questions.
Inevitably, the event headed north again in 2017, with Katima Mulilo welcoming the QvR Code at the Ngweze Community Hall on 30 March. Extolling the virtues of Katima as Namibia’s gateway to Africa, Dr van Rooyen pointed out they had the potential to be our trading jewel. Again about 49 000 viewers join the discussion online via Facebook Live.
After heading north, the event went as far south as it could. On 1 June 2017, the QvR Code touched down at the Oranjemund Recreation Club to discuss topics such as “What can government do to turn small towns into entrepreneurial hubs?” and “Where do we start if we want to reignite the Namibian economy?” Finally, on 15 March 2018, the C’est Si Bon Hotel in Otjiwarongo hosted the QvR Code, with the topic being “The hurdles of entrepreneurship in Namibia… and how to overcome most of them.” Discussions proceeded with insightful questions and riveting answers, with Facebook Live viewers contributing to the debate throughout the night.
Now the QvR Code has come a full circle. With over three years having passed since the last time it has graced the capital, the time has come once again to engage Dr van Rooyen. Fittingly, he has not shied away from the hot topics, this time asking “So were we better off during apartheid, or what?” This session will be hosted at the NTN on 31 January 2019 at 18h30. To ensure you get your tickets to this historic event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 061 275 4749.