What is a Startup?

Adapt or die. An emphatic statement, but one that perfectly captures the spirit that drives Startups. Adapt or die. An emphatic statement, but one that perfectly captures the spirit that drives startups. The search for innovation is often what characterizes these entrepreneurs, who now how to seize the opportunities enabled by new digital technologies linked to an innovative business idea. A startup can be defined as an emerging company, normally with a core technological component and high growth potential. Generally, these companies champion an innovative idea that stands out in the general line of the market. Given the increasing relevance of this

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God can use a poorly designed flyer

In 2016, I was on my bed in the hostel scrolling through my phone, just passing time and waiting to fall asleep unaware that the next scroll by my thumb was going to be the start of an entirely intriguing journey of the knowledge of God, and lead to an entire shift my life’s perspective as a whole. You see, at the time, I was 23, working towards a masters degree in Geoinformatics with my eyes set on career growth and nothing else. No doubt, the second degree was worth it but thing is, like quite a few people I

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How A Digital Idea Turned Into A Viable Business To Help Smallholder Farmers

Africa: Think Outside the Box

Six years ago while wondering how best to use her engineering skills, Tanzanian ICT entrepreneur Rose Funja decided to enter an innovation competition. Years later she has turned a digital idea into a viable business that helps smallholder farmers across the East African nation access credit.    In Tanzania farmers struggle to obtain credit because many do not have bankable assets or a record of performance to offer as collateral. But Funja had an idea to help farmers, particularly women, obtain proof of land ownership that they could use as collateral to access credit. It was a smart solution: using

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Co-Creation Hub Nigeria & NG Hub Nigeria Partner to Boost Tech Innovation

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CC Hub), an innovation centre committed to boosting social capital and technology for economic development in Nigeria, in partnership with NG Hub Nigeria, has announced the opening of the Innovation Showcase Week (ISW) for technology-driven start-ups. The two-day technology exhibition would give the start-ups the medium to introduce their innovation to organisations who are seeking technology innovation to support the development and existence of their businesses. The Chief Executive Officer, Co-Creation Hub, Bosun Tijani, disclosed this during a media briefing in Lagos recently.  Tijani said: “We recognise the urgent need to accelerate innovation support to medium and large tech

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Nigeria is not made for Women

I look forward to a Nigeria where if I decide to be president, the first question I get will not be – “What will we call your husband? First Gentleman?” – but instead be asked, what policies and solutions I wish to bring to the table to make life better for the citizens of this great nation. – Dumle Daniel Nigeria has never had the progress of its female population at heart. The only time you here of policies that concern women is when it comes to coitus – birth control, family planning, legal age to get married so you

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I won’t applaud a fish for swimming

I went to church for bible study and I can tell you that on that particular day, I was one of the bench warmers. What happened? Well, I did not intentionally decide to warm benches, I did actually want to learn about the bible that day but heaven or the pastor had other plans in mind.  Two things provoked my bench warming ability – Pastor started a story of something that happened earlier in his marriage, “one day, I was so angry and upset about something that I slapped my wife because she talked back. I was already a pastor

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Want a Better Life? Stop saying sorry.

Stop saying sorry. Just stop already. Stop saying sorry for situations that do not warrant “a sorry” but really just need you to be committed to excellence and problem solving. One of the first magic tricks we are thought is the magic of the word SORRY. Always be the first to say sorry. Want to avoid conflict, just say sorry. Saying sorry and being sorry are entirely different things. My focus is on the latter. It is the norm, then again, people who have influenced the world have always thrived to do things differently and they have purposely tried to

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Business in Nigeria: Dealing with conflict and fraud when you have business partners

Matthew 18:15-17 New International Version (NIV) 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Dumle: My friend needs advice. He was defrauded by a partner. He went on

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Here’s to living in the now

It’s new year’s eve and my Facebook feed is flooded with posts about new beginnings and living in the now. You know, those posts where your friends advice you to enjoy life at this very moment in time even though they won’t be doing so. I keep scrolling and move on. But… When you think about it, there’s something about living in Nigeria that does not allow you live in the now. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. I’ll give you a very simple instance. The other day, a colleague passed around a bottle of roasted groundnuts and

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