Fresh from his recent nomination for AC Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, Daniel Mbewa, a small entrepreneur with big dreams, is stepping up to provide affordable cutting-edge mobile application solutions in an environment that puts an increasing pressure on small Canadian businesses to innovate in order to survive and compete with larger brands.
Mbewa is a native of Kenya, but Red Deer has been his home ever since he moved here for an internship 11 years ago while studying Geographic Information Systems at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Nowadays he spends time volunteering at the soup kitchen downtown and with the Youth Ministry at his local church. As a father, he believes young people are the future, and he helps provide guidance and support to youngsters as much as he can.
It was after graduating from SAIT with his second bachelor’s degree — his first being a Computer Science degree from Kabarak University in Kenya — that Mbewa got bitten by the entrepreneurship bug.
“I wanted to find a way to support my father as well as myself, and came up with the idea of starting a business. Initially, I thought about starting on a more ambitious scale, but that needed more time and expense to set everything up, and I was not willing to wait. I decided to focus on what was doable for me at that time, and Marshall Technologii was born,”
Mbewa’s efforts are paying off. A recent accomplishment that he is proud of is an online ordering system for Quality Donair, a restaurant based in Red Deer. The new mobile application has reduced the restaurant’s dependence on third-party applications such as SkipTheDishes, DoorDash and UberEats, saving a fortune in delivery fees and allowing the restaurant to take control of its own reputation.