Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In 2014, I attempted to launch an online job board platform catering to the Nigerian job market. The premise was to entice employers to advertise their jobs on my website, and attract jobseekers to these jobs. The platform was built to be financially self sustainable as it introduced tiered pricing structures for both Employers and Jobseekers. For the Employers, they were able to pay online for additional advertisement and recruitment privileges including displaying a banner on the homepage with their company logo, searching the database of CV's uploaded by jobseekers, contacting interested jobseekers directly, tracking the progress of applicants, and more. Similarly, the jobseekers also had paid features allowing them to upload video CVs, include a priority feature to their CVs, and much more.
At it's peak, the platform generated a 100 employers advertising jobs and grew to a subscription base of over 500 job seekers. However, it was not able to generate revenue via the online payment platform due to the relatively new status of this platform to the Nigerian market and as such low adoption rates.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Main project stakeholders are my team members, Technoserve, Ethiopian partners and McKinsey consultants. My team and I are currently based in London, where we conducted our research and development to improve our device and the process to accurately gather the acidity data. Our partner in Ethiopia, Technoserve, is responsible for facilitating our interaction with the farmers on the ground. My team has the support from McKinsey consultants based in London and Africa, with whom we are in regular contact with. We also intend to partner with the local universities based in Ethiopia and are scheduled for meetings with select universities in December this year. On the periphery, we have built relationships with 2 other coffee start-ups operating in the Ethiopian market, and also extended relationships to another Africa-based startup in the scaling stage of their lifecycle.