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Dec 2016
How to Make the most of Startup Grind

Your network influences your networth. StartUp Grind is a global startup community for entrepreneurs that hosts monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries. This month, there would be an end of the year party to celebrate entrepreneurs in Lagos. How do you take advantage of this event to improve your business? We started this article telling you that your network = Money if you know how to use it. StartUp Grind is a perfect place to expand that network and improve your income. SAY Hello and Smile: Walk up to someone and......

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Dec 2016
Startup Grind Hosts Lagos End of the Year Entrepreneur Meetup

It is time to unwind as Startup Grind hosts its end of the year meetup, tagged “the Networking party“, on Saturday, December 17th, 2016. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs through monthly events. Speakers at past Lagos meetups include Tayo Oviosu of Paga, Marek Zmyslowski of Jovago, Jeremy Johnson of Andela, Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter of Iroko. The Lagos Chapter Director, Uwem Uwemakpan, said the event would be a time for Lagos entrepreneurs to bond, network and share creative solutions to challenges businesses......

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28
Nov 2016
Meet Adeola Bojuwoye, a Tech Entrepreneur with a passion for Africa

Adeola Bojuwaye has always had the entrepreneurial drive from when he was a child. He made caps, CD shelves, sold recharge cards and run computer training courses in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Although his father turned down the opportunity to invest in his computer training school due to lack of experience, that didnt deter him one bit. In 2010, he and his co-founder got their first opportunity to build a real world solution. They developed a software to help address the operational issues at a small property firm in Stockport. With this milestone......

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15
Nov 2016
That important legal agreement to safeguard African Founders, co-Founders, and Start-ups

From over 5 years of practice, I have noticed one extremely important legal agreement that most start-ups in Africa are either unaware of or haven’t fully taken advantage of. This agreement is referred to as “the Vesting Agreement”. Quickly, before we go into the nitty-gritty of a vesting agreement, I will like to explain what a “vesting” is and what are “vesting agreements or clauses”, strictly in the context of its functionality to an African start-up. Vesting is a process by which benefits, privilege, authority, rights, or interest in an asset or......

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13
Nov 2016
Meet Jean-Patrick Ehouman, the Ivorian Entrepreneur who loves to gives back

Jean-Patrick Ehouman is an Ivorian Tech Entrepreneur and rising african leader working on global issues in Africa. He is concerned by local softwares and apps and also african content. Basically a software architect, he is running Akendewa, a tech NGO and Tech Hub he started in 2009 and where his team and him are engaged in producing community apps (health, election, social engagement, …) and teaching young Africans how to use technologies for entrepreneurship and culture of peace. His organisation is the biggest tech community in Francophone Africa with more than 1000......

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10
Nov 2016
Young entrepreneurs in West Africa partner the Commonwealth to redefine the African single story

From October 25-27, 2016, young entrepreneurs from the Commonwealth countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone gathered at the Ford Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, to discuss the challenges facing young entrepreneurs in West Africa, and work towards the creation of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-West Africa (CAYE-WA). Within the Commonwealth, there have been concerted efforts by various leadership bodies to encourage youth entrepreneurship. The Secretariat has supported the creation of Commonwealth Alliances of Young Entrepreneurs, starting with Asia in November 2011, which has now spun off into networks in East......

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Oct 2016
Meet Mathus Lawson, using Geolocation to improve access in Benin

Mathus Lawson is a dynamic and eccentric entrepreneur who recently sprung up in Benin. He is a software developer who saw the problem of easily locating good, services and places as a challenge that needed to be solved. He then proceeded to build Beninlogis, a location-based platform that will enable citizens in Benin search for properties, services or products easily locate them virtually. Using Beninlogis is quite easy. The site includes a list of industries (agribusiness, commerce, shopping, culture, vents, restaurants, hotels, real estate etc.).  If, for example, you select restaurants, the map automatically updates......

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17
Oct 2016
Started a Start-Up? These Tips Can Keep Users Visiting

Last month, I wrote an article on “The Afroprenuer” titled “Attracting and retaining your first users as a virtual start-up”. Now, this month, I’ll be writing on important tips that can literally move your business from hundreds to thousands or millions of customers (or users for technology start-ups). As a recap, in the previous article, which was centered on research carried out on five successful start-ups: Konga, Jumia, Uber, Airbnb, and Jobberman, we explored three main points for attracting and retaining first customers, which are: Think like your customer and market, create......

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Sep 2016
Attracting and retaining your first users as a virtual start-up

I have had startups across Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana, and clients who consult with SME Growth Hub, especially technology startups, ask the same ageless question; “how do we get our first line of users for our platform?” This had me gathering some research, which I’ll freely share with you. I am writing to help startups across Africa, and anywhere else, with developing the frame of mind and strategic thinking for finding the first users and consolidating on them. This write-up is centred around five successful startups — Konga, Jumia, Uber, Airbnb, and......

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Sep 2016
Meet Eromo Egbejule, the fearless Journalist

Eromo Egbejule is a Nigerian writer and journalist who writes on arts & culture, technology, business, human interest, conflict and the intersection with everyday living. His works have been published on various platforms including The Guardian, Reuters, Africa Check and The Africa Report and have also been translated into a number of languages including French & Spanish. Eromo is quite fearless and loves to go where the story is.  He was in Liberia to cover the ensuing situation when there was an outbreak of Ebola and recently embarked on his new project......

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