Four young entrepreneurs from Nigeria and Ghana attended the Slush 2015 event in Helsinki on 11-12 November. They were happy to be part of the one of the most important startup events organized in Europe and to have a chance to represent their businesses in Finland.
Kolapo Ogunbile from Nigeria was one of the panelists in Doing digital business in Africa side event of Slush. In the panel Ogunbile addressed the importance of networking skills when doing business in Nigeria. One needs to know the business environment very well and the ways of doing business vary a lot inside Nigeria too. "Building trust is important", Ogunbile summed up. He knows what he is talking about as his company, Talking Bookz, is the first audiobooks publisher and retailer of downloadable audiobooks in Nigeria.
Tomi Walker found especially one-on-one meetings very useful and important when trying to bring his business to the next level. His startup, Orbi, is a social network application that allows users to share 9-second voice notes, orbs, with other users. Eyram Akofa Tawia's goal is to create the next African super heroes via comics and games. The Ghanaian came up with the idea with his friend and they have been part of the game industry since 2009. Alloysius Attah's Farmerline helps small-scale farmers in Ghana to get information about farming techniques and market prices using mobile technology. Farmerline's technology is in use also in four other countries besides Ghana. All four men found Slush to be a great platform for networking and exchanging ideas with important contacts.
Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and festival organizers. It is a focal point for entrepreneurs and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. Slush brings the relevant investors and companies to the same place and makes sure that the right companies meet the right investors in one-on-one meetings. This year Slush brought together 15000 attendees all over the world, including 1700 startups, 800 venture capital investors and 630 journalists. (http://www.slush.org/.)