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Sep 2017
7 Ways to Make Networking your Superpower

I was a guest speaker at an entrepreneurship event on Saturday and I asked the entrepreneurs a question: “Your Funding or Your Network, which is more important?” I would not answer the question now. I will let you decide at the end of this article. Steve Jobs and Steve Woz met a long time ago. Woz was the guy who liked to piece things together to make new stuff for fun. Jobs on the other hand was an innate brand conscious entrepreneur. The two met and created a product. After presenting this......

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08
Sep 2017
Your ideas are useless till you share them

O no! He is going to steal my idea! I can’t share it with him. It’s funny how you hear stories of how investors or people made billions from these ideas while the idea generator lived in obscurity but with no obvious example. Young entrepreneurs and business men alike often tell me this when I speak to them. It’s a misconception, a myth. No one knows your idea like you.   It’s not about the idea, it’s all about the implementation. No two people implement the same idea the same way. You......

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Aug 2017
To-Do Accountability sheet

To guard against procrastination and effectively manage your time, planning is key. This is why we write To-Do lists. It helps us navigate through the day and keeps us aware of the tasks for the day. This helps us take small steps to achieve bigger goals. You can learn how to set goals here. However, how can we be accountable for taking actions in line with our to-do lists? How can we effectively motivate ourselves to keep going and be responsible for the fulfillment of our goals? We learned how to compile......

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Apr 2017
6 things to quit-inc-afropreneur

Most of us grew up hearing the mantra “Don’t be a quitter,” and we’ve internalized it to the point where we feel guilty if we don’t finish a book that’s boring us to death. Our parents weren’t entirely wrong in saying that persistence is necessary for success, but sometimes quitting is the most effective course of action. Whether it’s a failed project, a thankless job, or a doomed relationship, quitting can be a virtue. “Quitting is leading too.” -Nelson Mandela As it turns out, some of us are really good at knowing......

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12
Apr 2017
Meet Yvette Ondachi, The Entrepreneur Revolutionising Agriculture in Kenya

What makes Yvette so special and inspiring to us? Why would she quits a well paying job and focus on a venture that had a high probability of failing? Why is she so passionate? Reading articles on her didn’t do enough justice to her personality and love for the African continent, we discovered so much when we had a chat with her. Yvette Ondachi is a Kenyan Agro-Preneur and the CEO of Ojay Greene, a company that works with smallholder farmers to remove the barriers that limit them and give them access to......

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05
Apr 2017
entrepreneurship-art-not-job-Afropreneur

Over the last decade we assumed that once we found repeatable methodologies (Agile and Customer Development, Business Model Design) to build early stage ventures, entrepreneurship would become a “science,” and anyone could do it. However, I’m beginning to suspect this assumption may be wrong. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? It’s not that the tools are wrong, I think the entrepreneurship management stack is correct and has made a major contribution to reducing startup failures. Where I think we have gone wrong is the belief that anyone can use these tools equally well.......

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27
Mar 2017
RETHINKING YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION Edidiong Uwemakpan The Afropreneur

When designing a Business Model for a startup or any business at all,   a “Value Proposition” is an essential element. This Value Proposition is combination of products, services, information or experiences offered to a market to satisfy a need or want. Successfully creating a differentiated Value Proposition, ensure it is successful. This is what has made Uber, Airbnb, Apple, Amazon and similar companies great. Over time, we have been taught to innovate by improving on products in the market, or creatively coming up with a new one. We’ve spent time viewing......

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10
Mar 2017
fail proof business ideas afropreneur

Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.” You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. A proven system is needed to help you determine which ideas are worth pursuing so that you don’t become a statistic of America, Inc. You want to be as certain as possible that your business will succeed before you......

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01
Mar 2017
Startup Grind Lagos' February Meetup with Nimi Akinkugbe & Muyiwa Oludayo

Startup Grind has successfully broken a norm that is often associated with most entrepreneurship events in Nigeria. The event kicked-off on time and more impressive, guests and speakers arrived on time. Indeed it was commendable, considering that our featured talk was on Time Management. In the typical Startup Grind fashion, we started with our Ice Breaker questions. These helped ease the guest into the event. Discussing the difference between Businessmen and Entrepreneurs we had the following opinions: Entrepreneurs are passion driven while businessmen are more profit oriented – Bukky Entrepreneurs work in......

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