#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Gabriel Eze

Gabriel Eze is a serial entrepreneur, CEO and Co-founder of Touchabl Pictures. Mozilla Club Captain, Port Harcourt. Co-founder and Hub Manager of Yelocode Systems and UI/UX Designer.

Prior to founding Touchabl Pictures, Gabriel is a graduate of Automotive Technology from Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO).

Touchabl uses artificial intelligence to enable anyone search for stuffs (especially fashion items) in a picture by simply touching it. In August 2018, they released CatEyes app, which can be best described as the “Shazam” for fashion.

Since the core technology is based on computer vision, Touchabl is looking to diversify from fashion, lifestyle and digital magazine into education, health and agricultural technologies powered by AI. Since launch, Touchabl have raised over $25,000 in SAFEs, equity, and grants.

At #StartupAnambra2 gathering, Gabriel will be focusing on Pitching and Funding for startups as well as sharing his life journey and how you can kick-start and secure funding for your business.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

#StartupAnambra #Connect #Learn #Disrupt #StartupNow #StartupRight#StartupSmart #Anambra #ThingsToDoInAwka

#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Prince Neche

Prince Neche is an Anambra Based Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Event Planning and management and event MC/Compere. Neche is one of the few comedians from the south-eastern part of the country who are focused on building entertainment from the east to the world.

Neche rose from being a student-comedian to a giant in the industry as his entertainment career grew from during his studentship at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. The Abia State-born Prince carved out his stage name from his real names due to his love for originality.

He is a serial award winner cum entrepreneur. His ability to be spontaneous, Creative and original has made him stand out in entertainment Industry which made Popular Comedian Klint D Drunk climb on stage on one occasion to lift-up Prince Neche due to a breathtaking performance.

His yearly comedy show tagged “MY CONFESSION” has grown to become the biggest individual comedy show in Awka, pulling the likes of Josh2funny, Koboko, Kasboi etc as well as other comedians from all parts of the country.

Prince Neche is a bundle of talents. Despite being a standard comedian, Prince Neche is also an actor, a writer, Director, Singer, content developer, and Social media strategist. He is also the Owner of TALKTIME ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS a brand that is into Event planning and management as well as artist management and promotions.

Prince Neche will alongside Martin Beck Nworah anchor the #StartupAnambra2.0 event.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via https://bit.ly/pitching2018

#StartupAnambra #Connect #Learn #Disrupt #StartupNow#StartupRight #StartupSmart #Anambra #ThingsToDoInAwka

#StartupAnambra2.0 Gathering | Speakers | Akin Alabi

Akin Alabi is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Corporate Farmers International Limited and a Master’s degree holder in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a graduate of Orange Academy- a Brand and Advertising school in Maryland Lagos.

Akin is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of portfolio Management, a graduate member of the College of Insurance Nigeria.

Akin is a Farm Manager, Creative writer with passion for Agriculture Technology (AgTech) and Agribusiness Media publicist, Ag Concept developer and innovator with the objective of creating platforms that will attract Youth to Agriculture and support Federal Government of Nigeria policies on Agriculture.

Akin Alabi is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Corporate Farmers International, a company that has over the years focused on developing Agricultural practices working with International organisations like IITA and IFPRI.

At StartupAnambra2.0 gathering, Akin will be focusing on opportunities in the Agri-sector and how young people can tap into those opportunities. Akin will also share from his wealth of knowledge on bugging issues around starting up as a young person in the Agri-sector.

Do not be told of the Experience. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2

Register also for an opportunity to PITCH your IDEA to a network of Investors via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018

#StartupAnambra #Connect #Learn #Disrupt #StartupNow #StartupRight#StartupSmart #Anambra #ThingsToDoInAwka

Alibaba Group Founder Jack Ma Launches US$10 Million Entrepreneur Prize

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma launched the Jack Ma Foundation ‘Netpreneur’ Prize, a new program created to support and fund African entrepreneurs who are working to address Africa’s most important challenges and further its digital economy through local entrepreneurship. The prize was announced at the “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions”conference.

The Netpreneur Prize – named for empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs, and focusing on small business growth, grassroots innovation and women founders – will award US$10 million to 100 African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years. Starting in 2019, the Jack Ma Foundation will host an annual pitch competition, with ten finalists selected from across the continent to showcase their talent and business ideas and compete for US$1 Million in prize money. All ten finalists will receive grant funding from the Jack Ma Foundation, as well as access to the Netpreneur community of African business leaders to leverage the community’s shared expertise, best practices and resources.

Jack Ma decided to create the prize after his first trip to Africa in July 2017 when he was inspired by the energy and entrepreneurial potential of the young people he met. While the competition will be open to entrepreneurs in all industries, Mr. Ma expects many of the applicants to be founders of businesses that are internet-driven given the open and inclusive impact technology can have on local economies. Applicants must be African nationals leading mission-driven organizations. The finalists will be selected by a team of judges from five regions representing the entire continent. Applications for the first pitch competition will be open from January 2019 until April 2019, and the finalist pitch competition will be held and broadcast across Africa in the second half of 2019. The program will be offered across the continent through lead continental partner, Nailab, and other regional hub partners.

Jack Ma said, “As a fellow entrepreneur, I understand the importance of getting support during the early days. This prize demonstrates our support of the next generation of young entrepreneurs across Africa who are paving the way for a better future and imparting positive change in their communities. I am inspired and encouraged by these entrepreneurs who, together, will help build a sustainable, inclusive economy for Africa and for the world.”

The “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions” conference – jointly organized by Alibaba Business School, the Jack Ma Foundation, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – brought together more than 800 entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics, students, banks and venture capitalists to address the challenges and opportunities facing Africa’s entrepreneurs. Across Africa, e-commerce platforms alongside payments, logistics, tourism and big data partners are helping to lift national economies. The event explored the barriers facing a new digital Africa and the role that the public sector, investors, entrepreneurs and educational organizations play in this transformation.

Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens, said, “With the rapid development of the global digital economy and the availability of technology, the next century belongs to Africa. I am excited to join the advisory board of the Africa Netpreneur Prize. Through this prize, we aim to support African entrepreneurs to build a more inclusive and prosperous Africa and dramatically shape the future prospects of the continent for the better.”

The Netpreneur Prize is the second initiative launched by Jack Ma to support African entrepreneurs. Last year, Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD announced the eFounders Fellowship Initiative, a program that will train 1,000 entrepreneurs from emerging markets, 200 of whom will come from Africa, with the purpose of building a community of young entrepreneurs committed to creating digital platforms to build more inclusive economies. This program supports the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring no one is left behind in the digital economy. To date, 52 African entrepreneurs have participated in this two-week fellowship at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Participants make a two-year commitment to improving society through their businesses. The graduates of the first two African cohorts reunited with Jack Ma and UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi in Johannesburg on August 8. Since completing the program, many graduates have made significant progress with their businesses and become catalysts for digital transformation in their home countries, including raising rounds of investment as well as launching their own training programs.

“The rise of the digital economy provides growth and opportunity to the developing world, but it is up to us to make sure no one is left behind. The work that Jack Ma and UNCTAD are doing together will help empower the emerging generation of young African business leaders to participate in and lead that growth,” said Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi.

“We have and continue to be driven by the mission to facilitate knowledge transfer and open up opportunities for startups in Kenya and across the continent. This is one of those opportunities that we believe and know will create a network of entrepreneurs that not only showcase the African startups but will help tell the African startup stories as they drive change in the continent,” said Sam Gichuru, Nailab Founder and CEO.

WAAW Foundation Scholarship for Young Women in STEM 2018/2019 ($500 Award)

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applications are open for the WAAW Foundation Scholarships for Young Women in STEM 2018/2019. The WAAW Foundation’s annual scholarship initiative is aimed at supporting need based African female STEM-focused college education.

WAAW Foundation scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate need and prove their status as full time students in a STEM related course in an African University. Recipients will be required to start a STEM Outreach Chapter at their university.

WAAW (Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women) Foundation is an international non-profit organization founded in 2007. Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria with an operational office in Wylie, Texas. Their mission is to increase the pipeline of African women entering into Science and Technology fields and ensure they are engaged in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship to benefit Africa.

Scholarship

  • Scholarship recipients receive an award of $500 for the 2018/2019 academic year, or the equivalent in their country’s local currency. Prior scholarship recipients may reapply for renewal the following year, with proof of continued excellent academic performance.  

Eligibility

  • Open to Female students of African origin, living and studying in Africa;
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate B.S.degree program;
  • Studying STEM related courses in a University or college in Africa;
  • Demonstrable financial need, and
  • Excellent Academic Record;
  • Below the age of 32 years;
  • Graduation date is after December of award year.

Application

Your application will include the following:

  • Application form filled out completely. They will only accept online applications this year. No paper applications will be accepted
  • Personal and Contact Information
  • Educational background and Family Information
  • Statement of need should describe why scholarship funds are needed and what the funds will be used for if received.
  • Essays are a strong criteria in determining candidates who are short listed. Responses to essay where to buy modafinil online reddit questions that address career goals and how you expect the WAAW scholarship will assist in your education. Please have you essay responses ready before you begin the application.
    • In 500 words or less, please write an essay on your future career goals and how you expect the WAAW foundation scholarship will assist in fulfilling those goals.
    • In 300 words or less, please describe what you believe about female education in Africa and its impact on research, development or advancement in African economies.
    • Describe in ten or less sentences why you need a scholarship. Tell us about your need or personal/family/financial situation and how the funds from WAAW scholarship will assist your education and/or career plans.
  • Two academic/professional references. Note recommendations and transcripts ARE NOT REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. ONLY after a candidate has been shortlisted. However, you must provide the names of 2 references in your application.

For more Information, Visit WAAW Official Website

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Open Innovation Program

USAID is accepting new applications for the Development Innovation Ventures Program. The Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. By investing in breakthrough innovations driven by rigorous evidence, USAID impacts millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost.

WORTH

DIV accepts proposals year-round across three stages, from any type of organisation, in any country in which USIAD operates:

  • Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000- up to 3 years)
  • Stage 2; Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 –up to 3 years)
  • Stage 3: Scaling ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000- up to 5 years)

ELIGIBILITY

  • DIV is an open door to USAID- anyone, anywhere can apply at a time.
  • DIV looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability
  • DIV accepts applications from US and non-US organisations, individuals, non-profit and for-profit entities, as long as the project is in a country where USAID provides funds to development efforts.

DEADLINE: Ongoing

To apply and for more information visit here

Building A Nigerian Startup vs. A Startup from Nigeria – Oo Nwoye

Why is it very rare for Nigerian startups just like their “company” counterparts to grow or dominate beyond Nigeria?

I could easily answer that we don’t generally think beyond our country but the question is why? and how can we overcome it?

I may have stumbled upon an answer. Hiring.

A conversation with a Facebook executive crystallized it for me.

Whenever I interact with a top executive from the big 3 software companies (Facebook, Google, Microsoft) I always ask “when are you opening an engineering office in Nigeria or Africa? Because we are tired of your ‘sales office only’ approach.”

I am usually given canned answers like “we will, soon” or “we have engineering only in USA “ — a lie. This was until Chris Cox broke it down to me.

Paraphrasing him:

When we open an office in the US, we look for the best talent that can work there. That means we have a pool from the whole of the US to pick from (which is massive). Similar to when we open an engineering office in Ireland/UK — the whole of Europe is the talent pool. It would be hard to open an office where the recruiting pool is only Nigeria or Kenya”

That conversation was an aha moment. World-class companies looking to hire people go for the best, period. Where the talent is situated is immaterial.

Nigerian startups have in general placed a mental border on their market and hiring of employees which may have placed a cap on their ambition. They are building Nigerian companies rather than global companies that happen to be domiciled in Nigeria.

I don’t know why this is the case, but what I do know is that there is this mental siege I feel whenever I am in Lagos vs London or the Bay Area. I cannot seem to understand it but it seems once you are “in the abroad”, you see things in the context of “Africa wide” at a minimum. You see the continent as a unit that should be conquered vs seeing at best, Nigeria when you are in Lagos.

I once said, in the US, you struggle to excel. In Nigeria, you struggle to survive.

In San Francisco, it’s heads down, planning world domination. In Lagos, it’s navigating traffic and purchasing diesel that’s top of mind.

In a tweet a while ago, I wondered why companies that intend to conquer the continent restrict their hiring pool to at best just Nigeria.

startup

I think hiring outside the “Nigeria bubble” is one thing that companies can do to jump-start thinking outside the bubble. The foreign employees join their bubble and we have a bigger thought space.

Diversity of thought and experience is quite important to build a formidable team — assuming you want to be the very best in a top league.

Asides the additional benefit of diversified thinking that broader diversified hiring can bring, it gives you access to new and unique talent that is not available down the road.

I cannot help but think what would have been if Taxify started out in Nigeria. Three years later with its 25? year old founder and ~2 million dollars raised, it may have been planning to expand in maybe Port Harcourt vs. the realTaxify that operates in 22 cities. You might think this is theoretical but some of know how much “Nigerian Ubers” have raised in trying to win Lagos.

Maybe the fact that Markus comes from Estonia which is a country of 1.4 million people made him realise that being an Estonian company was not a realistic option. Or maybe having Skype and TransferWise act as Northern star Estonian startups that went global motivated him think global from day one?

Would Konga after raising almost $100 million (process that number again) still be a Nigeria only company if it were founded in say Nigeria and London?

— READ ALSO:  Focus is Trained not Obtained – Pascal Okeke

Andela and Iroko are two companies that epitomise the ‘ideal’ Nigeria based international companies I’m theorizing about. I have decided not to consider Nigerian banks and service companies like Victor Asemota’s Swifta. As for Interswitch, dem be chairman. Andela and Iroko both of which have Nigeria has a very key component of their business and office setup,“looked” International from day one.

Their hiring in their early years reflected their intention. I also think the fact that one of the founders in each of the companies had strong “outside of Nigeria” networks helped put a broader team with a more international outlook.

It may be that their founding and frequency of their founders being outside Nigeria inadvertently played a key role in the early international outlook, so it may be one of the rare correlations that have become causation.

I don’t think it is easy at all. Jason alluded to that and I think it was more difficult for him because he was the “first” of our era. I doubt it should be as difficult if another company is trying to do the same. It is why we should have conversation.

I am actually seeing progress in this “beyond Nigeria” thinking. SureGifts are operating in Nigeria and Kenya. This new batch of Ventures Platform startups has 2 non-Nigerian startups that are asites the brilliance of their talent, are providing interesting perspective. I am also seeing it in a Fintech startup that has gone beyond the typical local hiring. they are amazed at the talent that has been so close, yet so far.

In summary, I think Nigerian (and African) startup founders should start thinking globally from day one and their hiring should reflect that from the beginning. The earlier a company does that earlier it avoids being an organization that has been purpose built for Nigeria and would find it hard to adapt when it needs to.

(c) Oo Nwoye

The Nigerian Startup Internship Brouhaha by Oo Nwoye

Since I decided to unfollow everyone on Twitter, I have been missing a lot of industry gist.

So three days ago, someone “called out” people seeking cheap labour under the guise of looking for interns. It sparked a lot of conversations

Interns

and ended up with the early beginnings of a Nigerian Glassdoor — anonymous company review by employees (I think it is a good thing. But I digress)

Let me address the point the lady made starting with a conversation I had with an Uncle of mine.

My Uncle has a cosmetics manufacturing business that makes loads of money. One day (about 12 years ago), I went visiting and he was telling me about how bad the unemployment situation was

“Oo, can you imagine, I put an ad in Tuesday’s Guardian for a HND graduate that I can employ as a bookkeeper. Before I got to work that morning at around 11 am, I had hundreds of applications waiting”

My usual cheap and unsolicited advice giving self went

“Ah! Uncle in that case, why not employ a University graduate. Since there are many unemployed accounting graduates, you can even get one with ICAN and pay the same as a HND”

“No Oo. In the short term it will be good. But overtime both of you will be unhappy”

“How?”

When you employ the University graduate and pay them a good HND graduate salary, the person will be happy and grateful at first. Then within a few months, they will start to compare themselves with their peers working in Shell and Mobil. Suddenly, you’ll have a discontent employee in your hands.

If you employ the HND person, he’ll be happy and most likely stay because he will be among the successful ones of his/her peers.

Besides, the job I need done is book keeping and not accounting

the downside of employing overqualified people became clear to me and has guided me somewhat when I am recruiting for myself, others or helping people get jobs.

The tweet that started it all (and the RTs) show there is a mismatch in expectations between employees and employers. Such issues can easily be addressed if both sides are clear about the expectations.

Internship as cheap labour and job experience strategy

Internships have been a great way for people to get a foot in industry while a great way for employers (especially in the Nigerian tech scene) to get cheap labour.

I myself have used “interns” quite a bit but here is what I have done. First of all, I do not do “intern” with anyone post NYSC. You can check out a job posting I have done that clearly spells out the following

Our Ideal Candidate

Pre NYSC or NYSC

Why Us?

First, why not us? We do not offer a competitive salary for a graduate, which is why we are specifically looking for Pre and NYSC level candidates.

You can see clearly that I tried to dissuade any post NYSC candidate. Even at that, many graduates applied. But I had to turn down very many overqualified people. I got an excellent student that did the job quite well and I believe was very happy with the time she spent with us.

Here are a few things I’d like recent graduates to understand

  • A lot of the jobs (available) at startups do not require the education you spent years getting. Really, wetin concern Calculus with updating Instagram Twitter and Facebook Pages?
  • You’re not entitled to a job (preferably starting at N250k/month) because you graduated and have finished NYSC.
  • An employer employs you in their selfish interest. The aim is to resell the value they “think” you create at multiples of your salary. You can earn 5 million/ month if using the company’s resources you bring in 9 million/month. If they don’t, take your value elsewhere.
  • “People are paid, not for what they know, but what they do with what they know”. Basically you are paid for your value. If you like, have PhD in astronomy. If you are doing data entry, you will be paid like a clerk and the high school dropout programmer who built the platform will be paid 10x your salary.

Using Internships to your advantage

When you see an ad in for an internship at a Nigerian startup, know that the company advertizing is most likely looking for cheap labour AND IN EXCHANGE is willing to employ an inexperienced person, willing to use the opportunity to get experience in that field.

Once you get an internship in Nigeria, operate like you are on a research program. i.e you determine what you learn and the pace you go. A GREAT thing about working at Nigerian startups is they are very happy to give people with initiative every opportunity to work on almost anything. For smart people, that is a really important thing cos you get to develop as many skills as possible.

Once you know why you are there, e.g wanting to learn the ropes about startups before you launch yours, or to get aggressive on the job experience to transition industry, it would not matter that you just got back from Harvard and you’re earning 50k/month. Mentally you know you are there for 6 months and would move on once your tour is completed. You take your experience with you.

Believe me, once you are ready to go, any smart employer would be happy to do what they can feasibly afford to do to keep you. Or at the very least try to refer you to someone that can afford you. If they don’t, cut ties amicably and move on. Goodwill is important and it cuts both ways.

PS: Don’t condone abuse from any employer. However, note that being given “plenty of work” as an intern is not abuse. It’s an opportunity.

Note: that what I’ve written is from the perspective of an employer. I don’t have a lot of experience as an intern (e get the why :D).

Next: I’ll write about my thoughts on the Nigerian Glassdoor and why it’s an excellent thing for our techosystem

Focus is Trained not Obtained – Pascal Okeke

My name is Pascal Okeke, Just like your body: if you train regularly, you’ll become an athlete; but if you spend your days on the sofa, you’ll become a couch potato. 
 
Whatever you do, you get good at.
 
I have met people who have in one time or the other asked me questions on how they can become a better version of themselves by being focus, So today, i will list out few habits that drain your focus and hold you back from being able to own your day and get everything done.
 

PLANNING TO ACTION

I change the same landing page 3 – 4 times a year.
I have this friend on #ZuckerVille who must have sent me 10 different pitch decks of the same thing.
A client used to plan the same spreadsheet every week.
 
Though one of my favourite quotes is “a battle is won before it is ever fought”, the truth is that planning without action is useless.
 
When you keep tweaking your plan, colouring up your spreadsheet, changing the top of a landing page…without taking any action, all you’re really doing is planning to plan.
 
This is a great excuse to procrastinate and avoid taking action. It also disrupts your focus, as it provides an easy way to get distracted.
 
And not do the actual work.

INFOCRASTINATION

In 2016, I read two books about dating and relationships. I went on a few dates earlier that year and…let’s say I wasn’t too happy with the raw material. I clearly had to change my strategy.
 
When I closed the second book, I was pretty confused. I knew what I needed to do: take some action.
 
The first time I spoke to a girl,, my right leg was shaking so much, I looked like a tip tap dancer.
 
She said yes. I asked for her number. She said yes.
 
I hand over my oversized phone (still trembling). Success.
 
When I felt confused, it was tempting to read a third book.
Would that have got me a girl’s number? I doubt it.
 
Somehow, we think that reading a book about business will get you closer to being a business owner. Or that a book about dating psychology will make you an irresistible seducer. Reading more makes us feel accomplished.
 
But actually, whenever you read a self-help book, the work starts when you close the book, not when you open it. That’s why I like to have at least one takeaway from each book, so I can implement it straight away, and see whether it’s for me or not.
 
When you open another book instead, you are just procrastinating by seeking more information. Without action, you don’t need more information.
 
That’s infocrastination. Expecting the book (or blogpost) to do the work for you.
 
Since there are around 1 million new books published every year, it’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole.
 
Read. Action. Repeat.

NOTIFICATIONS AND DISTRACTIONS

I kept checking my phone.
 
It started with me waiting for a message and then…I just kept doing it.
 
What was I doing?
 
My phone was training me. Or maybe I was doing it all myself.
By looking at notifications, I was getting used to expecting more. So I would look even when there were none. Heck, I wanted more!
 
Same with being able to google every useless question that came to mind.
I kept googling things I’d never remember, instead of creating timeless memories.
 
We love notifications, because they make us feel needed. Like stuff is happening, and it’s happening NOW.
 
Our brain loves notifications, because every time you complete a task -no matter how small- it gets rewarded with a spike of dopamine, the feel-good chemical.
They’re actually chemically addictive.
 
Now the choice is this: you can spend your day replying to messages, emails, calls, and all the likes, or you can switch off and focus on making real progress on what matters to you.
In the first case, you’ll feel good throughout the day, and awful at the end of the day.
In the second case, you’ll feel kinda bad throughout the day, and amazing at the end of the day and at the end of the week.
 
But you have to choose.
You can’t have the constant stream of interruptions and information and also want to never be distracted. It’s either or.

MULTITASKING

We often want to stay focused on one thing, but at the same time work on many other things.
 
What.
 
With phones, tablets, laptops, emails, whatsapps, messages, slacks, instagrams, colleagues, peoples, younameit, we have a constant stream of communication wanting our attention.
 
Talk about staying focused.
 
That’s like saying “I want to diet, but I’ll eat whatever I want”.
 
The best technique to stay focused is to mono-task on one thing at a time.
 
Studies have now shown that multi-tasking is not only a myth, it’s really bad.
 
When you multitask your brain keeps switching between tasks very quickly. But your attention is spread (very thin) across all the different things you do. It’s like having one project manager for 100 projects. It won’t end well.
 
Multitasking is also shown to lower your IQ by 10 points.
When you think that the average IQ is 90 to 100, well, yeah, that’s a big deal.
 
So, the best way to stay focused is to mono-task.
 
Do less things, and get rid of unnecessary distractions.
 
Hide your phone, block your emails.
I like to use Freedom to block distracting apps from my phone and laptop.
 
It sounds hypocritical, but by working on one thing at a time you will get so much more done. Because instead of opening a lot of different tasks, you will finally start closing a lot of different tasks.

TIREDNESS

When it comes to sleep, most people max out their sleep Bank Account.
 
Instead of getting a good night sleep, they stretch their day out as much as possible to fit in more things. This is usual due to either:
 
Not working on the right things (and wanting to keep going)
Leaving yourself last (and then not wanting to wrap up a mediocre day)
Here’s the issue: when you extend your day into the evening, all you’re doing is borrowing time from tomorrow. You’re not creating new time.
 
It’s like using a credit card. In fact, tomorrow you’ll be tired, you’ll wake up late and have a shorter day, and be stuck in the negative cycle.
 
Your focus will be terrible, and you won’t be able to get anything done so…you’ll stretch your day out into the night again.
 
In other words, you’ll be paying those hours back with interest.
 
I may not have made good points but then, You can discuss the rest with me on the Comment Box.

StartupAnambra2.0, A Must Attend Event in November 2018

StartupAnambra2.0 Conference, an annual community event of the Startup Anambra geared towards creating an enabling environment for Innovative Young people in, from, within and outside Anambra state to Learn, Connect, Network, Access opportunities and Excel, is here again.
 
The Theme of this year’s event is: “#Connect, #Learn and #Disrupt
 
The event is targeted at young people (Startups/Businesses) who are passionate about re-writing their entrepreneurship story from the conventional business of the old to building a Trans-generational Businesses driven by Technology and Innovations.

READ: As Startup Anambra Hosts the Largest Tech Conference/Event in South-East/South-South | Why you should Attend

This year’s Conference promises to be the Biggest Startup/Technology Conference ever held in the South-East/South-South region of Nigeria as it connects startup founders across the regions as well as other regions to themselves and then investors.
 
The event which is targeting to accommodate over two thousand (2000) participants from across the south-east/South-South region and from across the country, will be happening in the Capital City of Anambra State, Awka.
 
On the 10th of November 2018, we will not just be changing the dimensions of opportunities, we will also be changing Speed, Direction and Focus of our young creative minds.
 
We will make funds available to startups! We will coach and mentor startups to become more successful! We will create and connect startups to opportunities and as well link them to the Global Startup ecosystem.

READ: How Investors Choose Startups to Invest/fund

“This year’s event will leave a mark on the Anambra state Entrepreneurship History. We are making all possible effort to Make Anambra State the Innovation/Technology Hub of Nigeria. We hereby invite people from all over the country to make every possible effort to attend this all important event”.
 
Do not be told about the Experience!
 
Register to Secure your Seat Here: https://bit.ly/startupanambra2
 
You can also register to Pitch Via: https://bit.ly/pitching2018