We at Speakers Connect are proud to present Alpesh Patel, the found and CEO of Mi-Fone.
Alpesh Patel is really a class of his own. Alpesh is a trailblazer both in business and in tech. This African Indian Entrepreneur made a name for himself selling large volumes of Mobile devices to the Chinese back in the 90s.
Mi-Fone, the first African mobile devices brand was founded by Alpesh Patel in 2008, after he left the post of Director for Sales in Africa at Motorola. While at Motorola, Alpesh placed more than 5m devices into the continent generating revenues upwards of $500m. In his 20 years of experience in the mobile business, Alpesh became known as one of the most hardworking people in African Telco. He was dubbed “An Innovator, a Disruptor and a true African Visionary” and the one with the “Indian Blood….African Heart”.
In 2012, Alpesh restructured the company and formed Mi-Group International Ltd as the Parent holding company which now co owns Mi- Fone the Device and Mobile Services business and OJU Africa Ltd ( The Worlds First Afro Emoticon Character Brand). In 2015 Mi Fone received its first inward investment after 7 years of bootstrapping and is now backed by one of South Africa’s largest conglomerates. By 2020 Mi Fone aims to place at least 50m Smartphone devices into the hands of mass market African consumers and in turn ensuring greater productivity and greater prosperity for a Continent that has been considered the “fastest growth market on the planet ”.
Alpesh Patel has received several awards such as:
- Frost and Sullivan “Entrepreneur Company of the Year “ 2014
- SA Loeries Grand Prix Digital Award for OJU Africa. 2014
- African Leadership Network 2015. Finalist Growth Business Award
- GQ – 2014, Best Dressed Man
And enjoys sharing his insights and learnings through keynotes like:
- Entrepreneurship – the Dark Side. What that don’t tell you
- Africa – How to tackle this challenging market
- Start ups- How to build a business with no external funding