Startup Grind is unarguably the biggest independent startup community in the world actively educating, inspiring, and connecting over 200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand) founders in more than 185 cities. The major aim of Startup Grind is to nurture startup ecosystems which they are currently doing in about 70 countries in the world through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.
The hallmark of Startup Grind is the global community monthly events which basically features successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors that share lessons based on their road to building great companies. Startup Grind was founded in Silicon Valley and has now hosted over 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.
Startup Grind Lagos through the initiative of its Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Florida organized a meet and greet with the Group Managing Director of Courteville Business Solutions Plc, Bola Akindele. The event which is also a partnership between Courteville, Uber and global sponsors Google for Entrepreneurs which held at Courteville’s Head Office on 38 Commercial Avenue, Sabo Yaba Lagos on Saturday the 23rd of April, 2016.
The meet and greet had Bola speak on his transition from paid employment to being a Serial Entrepreneur. Bola spoke extensively on his foray into being an Entrepreneur and how Courteville Investment Limited now Courteville Business Solutions Plc (after listing with the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2008) was birth and the start of the AutoRegTM Franchise and its other range of e-business solutions. He also gave the following nuggets on being an Entrepreneur even though he still regards himself as a work in progress:
1. To become an Entrepreneur, you must be willing to create value. People are willing to pay for value, therefore it should be ‘internationalized’
2. Give back. The more you give, the more you spread
3. Employ the mentality of Entrepreneurship in anything you do.
4. Share responsibilities, share values and move FORWARD
5. Look for the ‘gaps and overlaps’ in any need of a Community
6. Build capacity overtime in yourself and others
7. Increase efficiency, reduce cost but most importantly IMPROVE LIFESTYLE
8. Investments are needed to grow and acquire tools for business
9. To have investments, you must have savings
There was also a fireside chat session (informal conversations or chats) with Adebola and the event also served as a platform for networking amongst participants and Courteville staff at large.
The event which also broadcasted via Periscope was well attended.