Reshmee Beedasie | Foodtek Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Programme sponsor: Comair
“The programme really helped me embrace entrepreneurship”
Reshmee Beedasie started Foodtek Solutions with an impressive 20 years of experience in the fields of food safety auditing, training, systems development, systems implementation and microbiological testing behind her. “We are a food safety services and solutions provider. We help manufacturers produce safe food and assure compliance,” Reshmee says.
An academic her whole life, Reshmee is the only South African to hold an international master’s degree in HACCP (Food Safety System) from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. Determined to make an impact in her field and spend more quality time with her children, she left her secure, well-paid job and ventured into the world of entrepreneurship. She laughs, “My friends and family thought I was crazy to leave a secure job and venture into entrepreneurship.”
Her biggest challenges were funding and finding a space to work from. When she was accepted on to a Comair-sponsored business-development programme, half of her problems were solved. Powered by Raizcorp, the programme allowed her access to Raizcorp’s office space, where she could conduct business in a professional setting. She was fortunate to be supported by BioDx a biologics chemical company that provided her with lab space to add micro testing service to her business portfolio. She also attends learning and guiding (mentoring) sessions at Raizcorp. “What I’ve learned at Raizcorp has been phenomenal. With the extensive degrees I’ve acquired over the years, I thought what I should have been doing was an MBA, but Raizcorp taught me to take all my knowledge and skills and turn them into a profitable and sustainable business. The Raizcorp programme has been a very practical MBA. The programme really helped me embrace entrepreneurship,” she says.
In a thank-you message to her sponsors, Reshmee says, “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Comair. I just wouldn’t be the entrepreneur that I am now if you hadn’t selected me to be on the programme. It’s made a huge difference – I’ve tripled my sales. I have a solid growth mindset now.”