Global Cycle Solutions - Transforming the Bicycle into a Vehicle of Innovation in Tanzania

Gobal Cycle Solutions

Global Cycle Solutions

Jodie Wu is re-inventing Global Cycle Solutions, have learned hard lessons about manufacturing, sales and distribution strategies in three years. Selling bike powered corn shellers in two drought years, confronted by government restrictions in Tanzania, she let go most of 13 employees and quit manufacturing. How do you shift a company toward solvency? In 2012 GCS became a sales and distribution company for its bike powered cell phone chargers and maize shellers, hand shellers and solar lights. As an invited speaker at 2012 IdeaFestival in Kentucky, she explained the value of learning from failure and listening to customer demand, after learning from colleagues as both an Echoing Green and TEDx Fellow, and being named a Top 25 most promising social entrepreneur and a Forbes’ “30 under 30″ fellow. Her Tanzanian inventor Bernard Kiwia will be featured in a video YWI is producing for television in Tanzania soon. We will give glimpses of Jodie’s startup team, from first hand sales slump in last April to success in September, as soon as funds allow. What keeps them going?