Tag: African Entrepreneurs


23
Aug 2018
Ep58: Being Efficient vs. Being Thorough

In our last episode, we featured Onyeka Akumah, CEO of Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first Digital Agriculture Platform, where he spoke about Being Investor Ready. This week we are analyzing two amazing concepts and pitching them against each other – being efficient vs. being thorough.   When we googled the meaning of thorough these were what we saw: complete with regard to every detail. taking pains to do something carefully and completely.   And when we googled the meaning of efficient, these were the results: achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort......

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14
Aug 2018
Ep57: Are you Investor Ready?  Conversation with Onyeka Akumah of Farmcrowdy Part 2

In our last episode we featured Onyeka Akumah, CEO of Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first Digital Agriculture Platform. Onyeka gives us tips on how to and make your startup attract that investment you need. What do investors look out for? Team – the people and history Team – competence Team – chemistry/blend The idea – real, rich & impactful ideas with depth. Market – where? How many people? Where are you today? What have you done? Listen to Onyeka explain all the points above   Do you have experiences in relation to......

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10
Aug 2018
Ep56: Are you Investor Ready?  Conversation with Onyeka Akumah of Farmcrowdy Part 1

As Entrepreneurs you will need funding for your startup at one time or the other, many get confused about the best source of funding per time. What are the types of funding that exist? Personal savings Friends, Family & Fools (FFF) Grants Angel investors Venture Capitalists Bank Loans The entrepreneur we feature in this episode – Onyeka Akumah, CEO of Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first Digital Agriculture Platform. Farmcrowdy recently secured a $1m investment from a group of VCs. In this episode he speaks on how to prepare yourself for investments......

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26
Jul 2018
Ep55: Building a strong brand as an Entrepreneur

Many startups founders and entrepreneurs are caught between building their personal brands or focusing on the brands of their startups or businesses. While there really isn’t a clear cut position on which brand (personal or company) you should focus on at the different stages of your startup, it is still important to build a personal brand. What is a personal brand? Your personal brand is how people perceive you. It is a combination of your career, professional experience, network and online presence which eventually defines your reputation online and......

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17
Jul 2018
Ep54: You cannot do it alone

The World Cup has come and gone, with all the fanfare and drama! France was the standout team for one reason - Teamwork! As a startup founder / entrepreneur we often struggle with recruiting people into our team for various reasons, however good teamwork is essential in all successful organisations. But why is a Team so important? Without the ability to effectively build and work in a team environment, you could delay the success of developing, formulating and implementing new and innovative ideas. This will affect your ability to solve problems,......

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24
Jan 2017
Ep30: Okafor's Law and it's relevance to Business

Have you ever heard about “Okafor’s Law”? Our Nigerian listeners would have probably heard it at one time or the other.  Okafor’s law is the law of “repeatable” action: If you have done something once, you can do it again. If you have been somewhere before, you can go there again. Although it is often mischievously applied to the sexual relationship between a boy and girl, Okafor’s law is actually a principle of life. Many businesses owners feel that since a business strategy worked for me yesterday (or over......

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17
Jan 2017
Ep29: Leadership, Driving Africa's growth, Conversation with Olatorera Oniru

Dear African Entrepreneur, We often make the mistake of attributing all that’s wrong in our continent to our leaders forgetting that each and every one of us, and not just the leaders, hold the key to Africa’s development. Leadership is everyone’s business and responsibility. We caught up with the inspiring Olatorera Oniru, who is the CEO of Dressmeoutlet.com. Dressmeoutlet.com is one of Africa’s fastest growing, fashion-focused, quality-focused and customer-centric online retailers. You can read all about her here. She shared her thoughts on Leadership and the role of entrepreneurs in......

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28
Nov 2016
Ep24: Leveraging Technology, Conversation with Adeola Bojuwoye

Hello African Entrepreneur. We know building startups can be hard especially in Africa but it is worth it especially when you become profitable. But it is imperative that we entrepreneurs begin to leverage on technology as a business enabler to effectively manage our time, staff, clients, productivity and growth. With the advancement in technology, applications exist in numbers that entrepreneurs can leverage on, both free and paid. In this episode, we speak to Adeola Bojuwoye, who is the CEO of Roundstone Consulting. He talks about the Technology landscape in......

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17
Oct 2016
Ep19: Productivity hacks for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are hard pressed for time especially those with growing businesses. Working hard doesn’t necessarily mean productivity! The goal of every Entrepreneur is to be efficient and effective with the limited resources available to bring about optimal output in good and services. Here are some of the talking points of our conversation below: Have a detailed plan Place you goals in order of priority, use the 80:20 rule Be early for meetings Keep meetings as short as possible, have a clear agenda. Get some sleep, at least 4 hours......

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27
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,......

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