I am happy to announce that Gary Jurgens, 24 year old Masters IT students in the School of ICT at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has now official launched Mycopage, an innovative approach to create a web presence for small businesses. The system utilises new technology which automates the setup of websites and dramatically decreases the cost of website ownership. The current reality is that many small and micro businesses cannot afford a website, leaving them excluded from consideration by middle and upper income consumers. Mycopage address this gap.
A Mycopage website costs just R20 a month or R220 a year, with the first 3 months trial free. Mycopage includes a client SMS and e-mail facility – both of which work on an separate prepaid system.
Gary Jurgens is also a client of the Eden branch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), supporting the development and growth of SMME’s. SEDA Eden supports the concept and sees Mycopage as a viable alternative to the mainstream approach to website development. “The benefits of having an online presence in this modern age cannot be underestimated; the Mycopage concept allows the micro and small entrepreneur to create an online presence, with self-created content pages, within a few minutes allowing them to start benefiting immediately at an affordable cost for a start-up business. “Mycopage can be a valuable tool for all small entrepreneurs.” says Paul Hoffman, acting manager of SEDA’s Eden branch.
Gary is working towards his masters degree under my supervision. Through his research in the mobile computing area he hopes to make Mycopage accessible to SMME owners which do not have a PC with Internet connection available. This will bring even greater value to the table.
So, know someone who could use Mycopage, go tell them. Remember the first three months is free with no obligations.
Congratulations on the launch Gary, and all the best with this endeavor.