Back in 2010 it was his stringent fitness regime that led to the birth of GiveMeTap, a social enterprise that funds clean water projects in Africa, which is growing in the UK and has now launched in the USA.
The former mathematics student was walking from the gym to a lecture hall at the University of Manchester in the UK following a vigorous workout. He popped into a café and asked the owner if he could refill his drinking bottle. The owner was reluctant, suggesting he buy a bottle of water instead.
“I saw the irony and I didn’t like it,” the 31-year-old says. “People in some countries don’t have any access to water while the UK has perfectly clean tap water that café owner didn’t want to give me.”
He was inspired to combat this attitude and in doing so, help communities access clean water in Africa, where his parents were born.
Working out of his family’s home in Edmonton, north London, Broni-Mensah put together a business plan. He started with a big idea, a prototype bottle and a hand-drawn label.
A chance encounter at a Shell event led to funding from Shell’s LiveWIRE programme, which helps young entrepreneurs around the world with their business ideas.