Rebecca Enonchong, CEO of ACTIVSPACES opened the Think-Tank session motivating young people to take responsibilities as leaders and entrepreneurs in their local communities.

 

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Februrary 2020

NABIKO BOOT CAMP - CAMEROON, Yaoundé, 24 - 28.02.2020

SEEDS e.V. together with O'BOTAMA Yaoundé, CAMEROON

This is the week-long event that kicked off the NABIKO mentoring program of SEEDS e.V. network and O'BOTAMA incubator.

WELCOME DAY

 

Several important actors who planned and realized the NABIKO project were present. These were:

  • Representatives of the CIM-GIZ, the German government's competence center in charge of sponsoring this program, Brice Chuepo

  • The-SEEDS.net team, with Steve Pentang, together with Dr. Armel Djeukou, Blandine Nganso, and Dr. Gael Tchoukio

  • The O'BOTAMA incubator, acting as the local partner implementing the mentoring program in Cameroon with Raissa Yossa and Benjamin Ngongang

  • Most importantly African experts from the diaspora in fields of informatics, healthcare, finances, marketing, transportation, telecommunication and more who serve also as mentors: Papdo Kouam, Dr. Randolf Odi, Evariste Happi, Merlin Tonka.

Opening the boot camp week at the Welcome day, SEEDS co-founder, Dr. Gael Tchoukio insisted on the main goal of the program focussed on knowledge transfer for accelerating projects of young entrepreneurs in Cameroon particularly and Africa in general.

 

 

 

 

This is just were CIM's representative, Brice Chuepo, took on to recall their reasons for sponsoring the NABIKO project.

Towards the day, keynote speakers addressed the startups, offering advice and valuable insights in entrepreneurship. The first keynote was given by 'Les frères Bélibi' from the startup PNEUPUR showcasing their journey as entrepreneurs in Cameroon acting at an innovative, international level. They were followed by the speaker Rollin Foko, business development expert and promoter of M2B Conseils in Douala. In a short time, he could highlight the added value of experienced local entrepreneurs for coaching. 

Later, keynote speaker, Papdo Kouam was interacting with the audience on how to pitch. He brilliantly delivered one of the most important key messages of the NABIKO boot camp in just four letters. This is what every entrepreneur should always have in mind when presenting his idea.

Finally, the day ended with an informal drink with finger food and a chance to network.

ROLLING UP THE SLEEVES THROUGH THE WEEK

 

The rest of the week was devoted to an intensive schedule of presentations, workshops, and inspirational talks. All material was carefully designed to help startups get the most out of their time in the boot camp. The 10 selected startups were: BABYCARE, BOOKBOOKSHOP, MUYANG CORNER (MC), DJAM TECHNOLOGIES, YEMA, OUICARE, GENERAL BIOTECH, ETS GLORIA, YABAIN, CHAMELEON.

Mentors acting as expert professionals in top tech companies around the world got the chance to learn more about the Cameroonian entrepreneur's ecosystem.  Dr. Randolph Odi operating as a mentor from Switzerland mentioned:

 

And for him, as a native from Cote d'Ivoire, coming to Cameroon for the NABIKO boot camp just showed that AFRICA IS ONE.

Different themes were tackled, including internationalization, funding, mindset, marketing, security, law, and exits. It was a tiring week, but well worth it. Startups came away with a solid knowledge base, skills, and connections to help them accelerate their projects. In the words of one startup:

The rest of the startups agreed. Participants were asked to fill out a survey – necessary to get their feedback on the value of this approach and guaranty constant improvement.

Startups and mentors met each other for the first time on Welcome Day. So one of the prior well-communicated goals of the boot camp week was also to help startups get a better version of their projects and themselves as entrepreneurs. They had to use the gathered knowledge to better “sell” their startup idea — they had already been selected for the program, after all — but rather had to demonstrate what, exactly, their startup does. Thursday afternoon, startups gave their final pitches. Beginning from PowerPoint presentations and market projections, they had the possibility to show off dashboards, give live demonstrations, and reveal the day-to-day of their product.

So during a mentor unveiling ceremony, that we thought should be one of the more dramatic moments of the week - but it was not, rather very funny - 6 startups ready for acceleration were assigned to mentors for 8 months and 4 of them ready for incubation could directly start in the program of O'BOTAMA.

At the end of the week, the boot camp rates were very positive, meaning for us the startups took away a lot of value from technical notes of mentors Merlin Tonka on the lifecycle of product manufacturing and Evariste Happi on the up-to-date topic of IT-security and cyber criminality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivational inputs of Ruth Tembe didn't only uplift the natural advantage of women in entrepreneurship but also highlighted the value of mentoring as a key success factor for young entrepreneurs.

WHAT’S NEXT?

On the last day, startups hopped on trains or caught busses back to their home cities. NABIKO boot camp program is “delocalized,” meaning that startups don’t have to move to a new place in order to continue the mentoring program. They can strengthen the Cameroonian startup ecosystem without disrupting their local network.

Over the next eight months, the startups will communicate with their mentors via online platforms to set goals, measure progress, and grow, grow, grow!

 

 

The boot camp started with a welcome day opened to the public on 24 February 2020 that was attended by young startups, experienced entrepreneurs, university responsibles, social influencers, journalists, entertainers and more.  During the second part of this event, from 25 - 28 February, 10 previously selected startups could see their projects accelerated in closed working sessions with African experts and mentors operating locally in Cameroon and in the diaspora.

“KISS - Keep It Short and Simple.”

“Le point central de ce programme est aussi de vous aider à vous poser les bonnes questions et embrasser les éventuels challenges nécessaires pour conduire à construire une meilleure version de vous-même comme business, comme entrepreneurs.”

“CIM, accompagne la mise en valeur du savoir-faire de la diaspora Camerounaise d'Allemagne au service du développement du Cameroun.”

“Taking part in this event is also for me an opportunity to see more closely what is happening on the ground. And a way for me to contribute... .”

“Ils nous ont permis de pouvoir voir nos lacunes, nos différentes faiblesses dans le but d'améliorer.”

© 2020 by SEEDS e.V. - mboamind.com 

“Cyber criminality as with data breach, denial of service, cross-scripting and others represent one of the most critical business risks when developing web applications.”

I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE

 

October 2018

SEEDS @ - germany, dortmund, 13 october 2018

From Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Dortmund with Living Worshipers - The Gospel Ministry Dortmund, GERMANY

KONFERENZ - DEBATTE - AUSTAUSCH      THEMA: LEADERSHIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SEEDS team involved in a training session of African students together with young professionals from the North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany on the basics of Leadership ...

Daniel Njikeu, from the LIVING WORSHIPPERS, gave a opened the session introducing the need of a discussion round within his community on leadership values, skills.  

 

July 2018

SEEDS THINK-TANK - CAMEROON, DOUALA, 21July 2018

Together with ACTIVSPACES Douala, CAMEROON

African Startups incubation & Acceleration: Opportunity or threat?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Think-Tank event of THE SEEDS took place in Douala on 21 July 2018 at ACTIVSPACES in Cameroon. 4 startups actually incubating there pitched their digital solutions to an audience of young entrepreneurs and interested leaders. 

Rebecca Enonchong, CEO of ACTIVSPACES gave a great opening to the Think-Tank session motivating young people to take responsibilities and bring innovative solutions to the problems within their local communities as entrepreneurs and leaders. 

© 2018 by SEEDS - Music  by Scott Holmes  

"Votre premier ennemi si vous souhaitez réussir en tant qu'entrepreneur c'est le comfort." 

The discussion was moderated by Cedric Motchebong introducing NOKIA's Steve Pentang as a board member of the THE SEEDS UNLEASH network; an organization of the Cameroonian diaspora that acts by helping and supporting future leaders through practical training, THINK-THANK events and mentoring. Steve insisted that being a co-founder of THE SEEDS UNLEASH is not because he is the smartest or the best but because the diaspora is willing to share and interact with Cameroonians and Africans fellows and find ways to collaborate.

“The most important factor in leadership is the values you have.”

THE SEEDS UNLEASH co-founder Armel Djeukou of AIRBUS explained the importance of #bigdata in optimizing maintenance and reducing costs for airlines. Introducing the importance of young startups particularly from Africa in big worldwide well-established companies, he showcased the situation of AIRBUS in their innovations strategies. 

“It only works when airlines share their data.”     And most importantly,

"Le  monde a besoin de vous."

4 startups gave insight into their work discussing the additional values and the challenges of their solutions. Speakers included Achile Nghukam of iDJANGUI, Minettte Lontsi of FOUTOO, Emmanuel Assomb of OUICARE and finally Jorel Zambo of CHEKCHE.

 

The event closed up with a lunch session for networking allowing the participants to connect to each other and exchange on their business ideas. 

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