Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Last year, whilst being a full time student I decided to organise an event to raise awareness and funds for the countries affected by the Ebola disease. I started with the ideation process, managed to put together a team of volunteers and within 2 months we organised a charity run with 100 people, in-kind sponsorship and raised more than $1500 dollars. It was a challenge because of the short time period, however it taught me the importance of empowerement and leadership of the team to achieve success. It also taught me how to be resilient and have a positive mindset. Finally, I understood the importance of a strong network to positively influence your ability to implement ideas.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Over the last two and a half months, since we arrived in Kenya, we have grown a community of around 300 students, governement officials and organisational leaders to truly understand the local reality and market needs.
Some of our main supporters and mentors are:
Anthony, Investment manager at IFC,
Martin Nielsen, CEO of Mdundo, a local music app company,
Jen Cottler COO of Spire, a youth training program,
Kris De Ridder, CEO of INTC, a talent management consultancy,
Chris Evans, CTO of Flypay a mobile payment application,
Grace Karanja, Country Director, International Youth Foundation,
our Board mentioned above.
We have a team of 5 volunteers that support us part time in research and are brand ambassadors.
We also get support from the iHUB, NaiLab, local tech working spaces and from the EdTech community.
We have ongoing partnerships with:
AIESEC: the largest youth leadership organisation;
Rotaract: the youth section of the Rotary organisation;
World Youth Parliament
ASPIRE Women Program
The Youth Senate