Start-up Spotlight: New start-up to empower many other start-ups

March 26th, 2019, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

André Hoffmann, former SAIEE president, and creator of MyTechie SA.

MyTechie is a new start-up that can be likened to the AirBnB of technicians – enabling techtrepreneurs. Once launched, the app will be downloadable and will connect users to technicians on call. MyTechie South Africa has been established as a facilitator of standardised information and communication technology (ICT) services to communities and ICT service providers. For telecoms and internet service providers, MyTechie represents an opportunity to tap into a trusted team of “village” technicians available to support the ICT industry in meeting consumer needs, supporting everything from fibre-to-the-home/business installations through to the full internet of things (IoT) ecosystem across its lifecycle, starting with basic fibre drop installations and progressing right through to the connected smart home, even setting up a new PC or smart TV.

MyTechie is the brainchild of André Hoffmann who has many years of experience in the industry having worked for Telkom and a host of other communication companies. He serves on the Council of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and was the organisation’s president in 2015. Hoffmann believes that the key to sustainability is a commitment to quality, a virtuous cycle of systemic beneficiation to all stakeholders, and the empowerment of people in the local community to serve their community’s technical needs.

MyTechie South Africa (MTSA) will validate and accredit multiple qualified independent contractors under a purpose crafted framework agreement (Ts&Cs). These contractors will then have the opportunity to consider and, where acceptable to them, accept an order from a customer in their immediate area via their app. At that point, they will be obliged to complete the order to the specification of the customer and submit a completion document to the customer via the App. MTSA will have already raised an invoice to the customer on behalf of the independent contractor for the full amount as per order price of the service. The customer will pay the independent contractor via its contractual payment channel. MTSA will receive the full payment from the customer and will pay the full amount to the independent contractor less its admin fee.

All MyTechies will be validated as competent qualified technicians who will act as fully independent contractors to MyTechie South Africa. “We have many plans in the pipeline to offer training opportunities for MyTechies to upgrade their skills and through professional bodies acquire accreditation in additional disciplines”, says Hoffman. This app is a great opportunity to become a start-up and develop your own business. Qualified technician and engineers can start their journey by sending their details to MTSA at More information is available on MyTechie will be officially launched on 31 May 2019.

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