Mike Quinn

Tuesday 30 November, 17:00 CAT

Failing to Win

Hard-earned lessons from the ex-CEO of Zoona

Mike is the co-founder and former CEO of Zoona, one of Africa's earliest fintech companies.

Mike will share insights from his new book 'Failing to Win"

He'll cover hard lessons on:

  • Culture,
  • Team,
  • Focus,
  • Expansion,
  • Fundraising and
  • When to exit.

About Mike Quinn

During Mike's 10-year stint at Zoona, they started with the first transaction in 2009, Zoona processed $2.5 billion of transactions, generated $26 million in income for 3,000 micro-entrepreneurs and their employees across Zambia and Malawi, and raised over $30 million in investment.

Mike’s remarkable story gives a rare and honest glimpse into a pioneering start-up from the lens of a purpose-driven entrepreneur who went "all in." Zoona faced tremendous adversity every step of the way, such as currency crises, investment round collapses, ruthless pushback from the major mobile network operators, and a continuous internal struggle to discover and execute a growth strategy that matched the company's billion dollar ambition.

It was by failing to win that Mike learned what entrepreneurship is all about, and what motivates him to double down and try again.

  • 2018 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 2017 Edward W. Claugus Award for Leadership and Innovation in Financial Inclusion
  • 2007-08 Oxford Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship


Tuesday 30 November, 15700 CAT

Hosted by Sandras Phiri

Sandras Phiri is the CEO and Founder of Pranary, and Chief Learning Officer at Enygma Ventures. 
He is an expert on startups and revenue growth. He has worked with entrepreneurs from over 50 countries helping them launch, grow and get investor-ready. Sandras has founded several businesses, lectured at over 17 universities and has been to 22 countries. He has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Sandras has been featured in a lot of media including CNBC Africa and has been named one of the 15 tech people to follow in South Africa in 2018 and 2019.

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