I told you guys I’d keep you posted. It was an “Idea competition”. My friend and I have this business idea that we are working on and we decided to enter a funding competition for it. From our backgrounds, venture capitalist funding is not really in our blood but we thought: “Oh well, nothing to lose”.
The process helped us refine our idea and we spent so much time on Google Hangout (this tool should be the topic of my next geeky post…awesome!). Pitching presentations were yesterday- 5 mins pitch, some questions, total of about 15 mins.
I had a heart-wrenching conversation a few days back. It was one of those ones that you know what you should do but you feel incapable of doing it. When you give it deeper thought, you discover it’s not necessarily incapability but rather, unwillingness.
“I just finished my degree in Computer Science and for the first time in my life, I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do next. All the companies I’ve applied to want some form of experience (how do you get experience when you cant get a job?). They wouldn’t even let me work for free.
My ex-girlfriend just introduced me to this really cool program. I can get to teach computing (feel useful and get paid while at it), learn during the holidays (get experience and certifications) and get hired after the program. Maybe my future isn’t so bleak after all :)”
– Taiwo, 2013
Does this story resonate with you? Do you want to help shape the start of something extraordinary in the education sector? Are you a recent graduate (<=1yr) or a soon-to-be graduate (final year) from Nigeria? Then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to add your input to building this program.
Food for thought:
If you’ve ever wanted to add value to your nation, here’s your opportunity. Don’t let it slip by.