At the age of 19, Churchill decided that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Instead of enrolling in university, he took a year off after graduating from high school to follow his dream. In that time, he taught himself to write software code by working in cybercafés for free. His strategy of giving out his services for free enabled him to learn while on the job, through visiting online forums and garnering skills sets from there. That year off enabled him to parlay his knowledge of software codes into a teaching position. It was while at this teaching position that he came up with his first start-up. Today, he is the brains behind the company Forbes.com dubbed “Africa’s fastest growing job search engine, Njorku.com, an online platform that bridges the gap between employers and job-seekers.” Churchill is currently working to ensure that Njorku.com becomes a tool as necessary as your daily toothbrush.
What you will learn
- The Big Idea
- How he started his first company in Cameroon (AFROVISION)
- His students became ambassadors for his venture
- The inspiration for NJORKU
- The importance of having co-founders and investors in building a business
- Focus on growth: the main aim is to build a community between employers and job-seekers
- Focus on building something people will love and then monetize it
- Insights into start-up hurdles
- Human capital and financial capital challenges
- The role of self-motivation in entrepreneurship
- Competition in the industry
- Find your passion, because passion covers everything. If you are not passionate about it, when it gets too tough you are going to quit.
- Identify your passion, be sure about it, and then invest into developing the skills to build on this passion.
- Learn the skills that will help you harness this passion. After that you will see how to turn it into a business.
- Be persistent, patient, and passionate. Expect failure and keep working very hard.
- It’s all about the concept. Having a skill and a passion for what you do, and using technology and the internet to learn more about it.
- Nonstop learning and development on how to better yourself and scale your operations
Words of wisdom
- Advice to 19yr old Churchill: You can’t do everything on your own. You have to learn how to work with people and delegate.
- Advice to foreign entrepreneurs looking to come to Africa to start a business: Unlearn everything you know and start afresh in Africa. Come to Africa with the notion that you have to come and learn the same thing in new ways. If you can make it in Africa, you can make it anywhere in the world.
Books and Resources
- Online Forums:
- Bill Gates (Microsoft)
- Larry Page & Sergey Brin (Google )
- Online Courses
- Tutorial search engines:
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