Nov 7, 2018 soniakinsley
We were able to catch up with three people taking part in the sessions, of which two, Emmanuel Ezenwere from Arone and Muhammed Muhtasim Al Farooque from Zantrik, are entrepreneurs, and last, but not least – Auri Evokari – who is the head of operations at our partner SAIS II Programme and one of the online workshop hosts. We’d also like to give a shout-out to some of our other partners who participate in this incredible session: Afrolynk, Vertical.vc and Pitchio among others.
Now, going back to the sessions – we were able to ask a couple of questions and get some real insight on how the sessions have been going for the entrepreneurs taking part. Muhammed felt really glad about the quantity of information on pitching and developing a business model. Emmanuel enjoyed the interactivity of the sessions and felt that he learned a lot more about creating an investable startup.
They both agree that the online training sessions are crucial because they define the different aspects which help a startup grow from a seed stage. Emmanuel also realized that with these sessions one learns how to evaluate a startup’s potential and make prompt decisions on investments. Auri thinks that the sessions are good for giving the audience a more global perspective on the world as the coaches and trainers come from all over the world.
From the upcoming sessions, the trio is looking forward to get more insight on topics such as growth challenges, product design, growth hacking and work pressure management. Auri wishes to be able to share her practical know-how, further helping the participating startups to set and achieve realistic goals and be further strengthen their skills in communicating their business ideas in a compelling way.
Success seldom happens overnight, Auri states. One needs to be comfortable with iteration and failure. Entrepreneurs should be more aware of the wide variety of open source material available online, which can support them in piloting and validating their service offering. Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck thinking that funding is the only thing helping a startup to kick things off, when there are plenty of other kinds of helpful resources around.
Next time, we’ll dig deeper into what’s going on with the hubs and our key partners and their preparations for joining us at Slush. While you wait, why not get your pass to Slush and check out the startups joining us this year. 27 days to go today!
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