Two Portharcourt-based startups, Touchabl.com and wokkaholic.com have won the pitch session of the final edition of the CFA’s Startups Hangout for the year held on Friday in Lagos.
The two startup will be given the opportunity to feature in a live interview session with Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata on Tech Trends which airs weekly on Channels Television.
Touchabl, according to Gabriel Eze, the Founder/UX Designer, is a platform, where you can instantly search for anything in a picture by touching it. He explained the attributes, traction, income and profit potentials, etc., of the business as well as what the business will be needing to move on to the next level.
Likewise, Victor Tams, Founder/CEO of Wokkaholic.com, explained that the platform is one, where professional skill-based services, such as graphic artists, etc., can be sourced. He also explained the modus operandi of the business, attributes, traction, income and profit potentials, etc.
Before the Pitch session, however, the invited speakers at the event, John Obaro, MD, SystemSpecs, (Remita) and Jane Egerton-Idehen, Country Manager, Avanti Satellite Communications, gave the attendee Startups some nuggets on what and what not to do, if they want to successfully run their Startup businesses.
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John Obaro, MD, SystemSpecs (Remita) gave the Startups 19 nuggets that can assist them to run a successful business and also, to scale. Some of these nuggets, as analysed here, include the fact that the Start-ups should be ethical in their approach to doing business and also have integrity. He admonished the Startups not to cut corners if they want to play for the long haul.
He emphasised the need for the Startups to respect their employees, even though, they pay their salaries, as they cannot do the job alone. He also stressed the need for the Startups to learn to work hard, stating that, being an entrepreneur calls for giving 24 hours attention to the business and they should not see it as an 8 am to 5 pm job schedule if they want to succeed in it.
Jane Egerton-Idehen, Country Manager, Avanti Satellite Communications gave a different dimension to the discourse when she chose to rather dwell on her past failures, so the attendees could learn from her experience.
Jane emphasized the need to always have a Memorandum of understanding drawn before entrepreneurs commence the business process. She advised the Startups owners present to carve out time for their business and not just leave it solely for their Managers to run.
The CFA Startups hangout is a monthly event that offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with other startups and entrepreneurs, learn from successful entrepreneurs who have been there and find practical ways to deepen the ecosystem and work to make it more sustainable.
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