Local business owners jumping for recognition

2016-08-30 06:00
Chanette and Jonathan Goosen, the owners of Rush Extreme Sports in Stadium-on-Main in Claremont celebrate their nomination in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition with staff at the facility.

Chanette and Jonathan Goosen, the owners of Rush Extreme Sports in Stadium-on-Main in Claremont celebrate their nomination in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition with staff at the facility.

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An extreme sport facility in Claremont is up for an entrepreneurial award in an exciting competition.

Chanette and Jonathan Goosen, the owners of Rush Extreme Sports in Stadium-on-Main, have been nominated as finalists in South Africa’s premier entrepreneurial competition the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

Still in its first year of operations, the indoor trampoline park has already taken South Africa by storm. However, this is definitely not a lucky shot for owners and serial entrepreneurs Chanette and Jonathan, who say that they are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative business ideas.

This venture is the 14th successful business venture from Jonathan who started a business called Fresh and Early at the age of 15 where he delivered bread and milk in his local community on his bicycle.

Jonathan says the business idea for Rush was sparked while researching an idea for their 15 month-old daughter, who was absolutely in love with trampolining at the time.

“We discovered that the Rush concept had done incredibly well in America, so we set about researching the possibility of introducing the concept in South Africa,” he says.

“We began working on an extensive business plan and finally, after over a year of revisions, settled on a business model that we felt was solid enough to pitch to the international franchise Rush International.”

The couple have another park in Johannesburg.

Chanette adds that the trampoline industry is fast booming in South Africa. “We appeal to both children and adults and offer fitness, fun and team-building. From foam pits to dodgeball courts, this is a new development in social interaction, entertainment and the world of fitness,” she says.

“While the main attraction is the huge area of adventure, excitement, fun and challenges, it also accommodates non-participating guests with free WiFi, coffee and snacks.”

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