- Tell us about your start-up/business. What’s your 30 second elevator pitch?
Tian’s Closet Freetown is a brand that deals with African clothing (gara tie dye and the ankara) I do my own tie dye designs all by myself and also the sewing.
- What need or problem are you solving?
We are providing solution to the unprofessionalism and Unreliability of Tailors.
For the Tye dying; the Poor-quality materials to dye and poor skills applied that makes the work very poor is a challenge we are solving with our high-quality materials and good technique.
3. How did you come up with the idea for the business?
When I was in school, I became very passionate about designing. I always wanted to be the boss of my own business. Until when I finished school, I started to learn how to sew with sewing machine. Because of the passion I had I quickly learn and became the boss of my own business.
- How did you validate that your solution was viable?
I collected feedbacks from customers that did bought my products. I always learn from their feedback.
- What stage are you at and what’s next?
For now, I am just doing my tie dye as it is really trending now. So that I will be able to raise some money to get myself a shop space and automatic machines so that I will be able to employ workers to lessen the workload on me while I scale up.
- What is the biggest win you’ve had so far?
I made over 2,000 face marks doing the Covid-19 and my social media handles keep growing day by day. I am also experiencing growth in my business.
- What has been the biggest challenge you’ve to overcome as a start-up founder?
My biggest challenge is to learn how to be an ambassador of my own brand and to understand my personal habits.
- What needs do you have to grow and take it to the next level?
purchase business in bulk. I also do online sales. And do door to door step delivery.
- What’s your take on the local start-up scene / entrepreneurial community? What has been helpful?
My take on the local start-up scene is that when entrepreneurs become successful, they will create job opportunities for people in the community, who in turn can reinvest and which can help to boost the local economy.
- What do you think as an entrepreneur would be more helpful to have here in the region?
As an entrepreneur I think we should get new and improved products to enable new markets to be developed.