- Yaw Boampong a young graduate from KNUST has become the CEO of his own food enterprise known as Bunny Burgers
- It all started after national service when he decided to return home, start a rabbit farm in their backyard and started expanding the idea
- Although Bunny Burgers has become a force to reckon with, Yaw indicates that they still have some financial constraints that they need some investments or funds to offset
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Yaw Boampong Osei Akowuah, a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) now runs his own Bunny Burgers enterprise.
In an interview with YEN.com.gh, Yaw indicates that he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Economy and decided to start a backyard rabbit at home in Kumasi after his National Service in 2018.
With some support, Yaw expanded his farm, got about 300 rabbits and decided to add value to the rabbit meat by turning it into burger in order to make some good returns instead of selling them alive.
"I made my first burger on 31st March 2019. From there, Bunnyburgers became more than just an idea. I took pictures and posted them on my social media platforms (WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram). To my surprise, close to 30 people asked how much a burger sold for and they went ahead to order. This is how it all started," Yaw recalls.
Immediately, the now CEO of Bunny Burgers got some flyers done, included a call line for orders and was pleasantly surprised again when people started calling to place orders because they had heard good recommendations about the delicious burgers.
Since then, Bunny Burger has expanded beyond just rabbits and started doing other farm animals customers request for including chicken and turkey.
The start-up has also been on university campuses to stage stands during hall weeks and other celebrations. Despite the successes, Yaw mentions that there have been some challenges.
"My personal challenges have spanned from struggling to obtain the needed capital to invest into Bunnyburgers, procuring kitchen machinery and setting up a joint for operations, to marketing my product effectively to reach wide patronage, and encouraging people to try rabbit meat. Currently, my biggest challenge is expanding the business," says the graduate CEO.
Yaw mentions he is open for investments or financial assistance to help expand the startup and adds that he can be reached through their website, bunnyburgers.com.gh.
Meanwhile, Korboi and Twyana Balla, an African-American entrepreneurial couple from Minneapolis, have been able to raise $1.1 million to rebuild their enterprise after protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement burned it down.
According to Blackbusiness.com, Korboi and Twyana narrated that they had been saving for many years to put up the brand new business and were yet to actually open it to the public.
When the husband and wife woke up to the news, they were heartbroken. Korboi recounts the words, "I don't know what we're going to do. It hurts, man. It's not fair, it's not right. We've been working so hard for this place. It's not just for me, it's for my family."
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