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The Youth Enterprise Conference 2018 is here!

Hey! Have you heard about “The Youth Enterprise Conference”? This is an annual conference held in March every year in Lagos, where some of the most successful young experts and business people are invited to share their success stories with Nigerian youths . Are you a Nigerian Youth desperate to break through financially? Then, you are invited to attend Youth Enterprise Conference 2018 to have the opportunity to learn from these experts and entrepreneurs as they share the secrets they have used to grow their business and brands to EXTRAORDINARY levels.

Reasons to attend this year 2018’s conference; What Would You Pay to Change Your Life Forever?

  • What will it be worth to take your income from where it is to 10X that, if even if you’re starting with zero today?
  • What would you pay to spend ONE FULL DAY with me?
  • What questions do you need answered?
  • What do you need to know to blow up?
  • What do you need help with? Social media, branding, getting known, closing the sale, building a team, investing?

Or at the very least, wouldn’t it be worth to simply know the mistakes to avoid?

If your answer is yes, to any of the above questions, then, you need to attend the conference.

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This conference will avail you the trick is to surround yourself with SUPER successful professionals, entrepreneurs and go-getters, people who have figured out how to navigate this maze called Nigeria.

The 5 Powerful Entrepreneurs that will speak in the conference are:

  1. SHOLA AKINLADE – Cofounder, Paystack
  2. Adewale Yusuf – Founder/CEO, TechPoint
  3. ToluOniru-Demuren – OAP, The Beat FM
  4. Rich Tanksley – Brand Ambassador, PulseNG
  5. Akin Alabi – Founder/CEO, NairaBET

The GOODNEWS is that, there will be Special Giveaway Offer for some lucky attendees

  • The Akin Alabi foundation will be supporting 50 attendees of this year’s Youth Enterprise Conference on their journey to success by providing them with N100,000 each.
  • This money is to be specifically invested into their business idea.
  • One of these 50 people could be you but the first step you have to take right now is to book your seat to attend this year’s youth enterprise conference.

HOST: Akin ALABI, Founder of NairaBET

Visit the official page of the Youth Enterprise Conference to read more and register now!

 

 

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Apply for STREETCEOs tech startup programme

STREETCEOs is a 24hours reality TV Tech-Startup academy for the African ecosystem but plans is for it to be duplicated globally. STREETCEOs reality TV is designed to give Tech-startup founders a platform to network with panels of VCs and Angel investors PITCHING IDEAS.

These Bi-annual events are an opportunity to connect and see what experienced investors think of their startups and how it stands up to the competition.

Our programs bring together the best elements of the innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley, leading tech corporations, disruptive startups, business incubators, R&D centers, venture capital firms, angel investors, service providers, universities and top industry experts.

Registration is ongoing for Tech Startup founders all over Africa and Africans in Diaspora.

This is an opportunity to be amongst the 25 selected cohorts on our 60 days boot camp Reality TV series, networking with panels of VCs and Angel investors Pitching Ideas. You stand a chance to be amongst the 10 best Startups and 5 Runner ups for each season.

REGISTRATION: February 10th through April 11th Midnight

So what are you waiting for!!! Click this link to apply.

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How to Setup a WordPress site offline

wordpress tutorial setup

wordpress setup

 

At this stage of WordPress Tutorial,you’ll learn how to set up a website or a blog on WordPress. For this purpose, you need to install the WordPress platform on your computer. Go toWordPress and download the latest version of WordPress. Once you download WordPress platform, you need to download the latest version of MAMP for windows. I am providing you a download link below
Download MAMP

 

How to Setup MAMP?

setting up MAMP

This would be your personal web server, it will allow you to build & test WordPress webpage on your computer locally before you transfer them onto your live web hosting server.
When you finish with downloading of MAMP software, you need to install it by running the setup file. In this way, a web server would be installed on your computer. MAMP gives you the flexibility to host WordPress and PHP platforms on your local computer. Before we proceed further with setting up of WordPress, we need to run MAMP and its services. Click on MAMP icon on your desktop, once it starts

 

setting up MAMP

setting up MAMP

running, click on “Preferences” tab. It will open up the preferences window as shown in the picture below.

 

Click on the “Ports” tab and setup your ports accordingly as shown in the picture above.
You have completed step 2 of WordPress installation. Now we proceed to our 3rd step, where we will set up a database for our WordPress website or blog.

Setting up a Database for WordPress Website

At this stage of WordPress Tutorial, We need to set up a database for our website before we can further proceed with WordPress installation and could start actually building our first WordPress website. For doing that, we need to click the MAMP icon on our desktop. It will open up our MAMP application show in the image below.

 

Now you need to make sure that both of your web servers are running as shown in the red box in the picture above. If they are not running, you can start them by clicking the “Start Servers” or “Stop Servers” icon as shown in the yellow box.
Once your Apache Server & MySQL Server start running, you can proceed to build your first database for your first WordPress website.
Click on the “Open start page” as shown in the red box in the image below.

Read the remaining part of the article here

 

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Blogging for Beginners in 2018

Blogging for Beginners in 2018

By Imran Malik

Blogs are an important source of knowledge and learning for us. Many of us write a blog or we follow a blog to keep us up-to-date in terms of having first-class information related to our areas of interest. There are many blog services on the internet these days. We can utilize these internet blogs to get the maximum benefit not only in terms of knowledge but also we can make money using these blogs. In today’s article, I am going to tell you how to start a blog and what procedure you need to follow for having a blog.

How to Start a Blog?

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How to start a blog? This is the first question which comes to someone’s mind who intends to start blogging. There are many factors to consider before you could actually start putting some content on your blogs. I am going to elaborate them one by one. After reading this article, you would be able to know, what are internet blogs? What blog services can be used to start putting your content on the internet?  How to start your own customized blog?

Let’s start by discussing different blogging platforms which can be used to publish your articles on the internet.

Free Blogging Platform

You can choose a free blogging platform and start putting your content on it. Most famous free blogging platforms are WordPress.orgWordPress.comBloggerWix  & Tumble.

Customized & Self Hosting Domain

Your second option is to have a customized domain name and hosting plan to start your own blog. This option would cost you some amount but it is definitely a better option. If you want to earn some money from your blog then you should choose this option. Many of the affiliate marketing platforms would ask you to have a self-hosted domain as a basic requirement to start monetization on your blog.

How to Choose a Domain Name & Hosting Plan?

Once you choose your domain name & hosting plan, you are halfway through of the initial phase of having a blog. Choosing a domain name & blog hosting plan is very important.  You can choose a hosting package depending on your blog platform. If you are building a blog using WordPress, Blue Host is certainly a better choice. It provides you low-cost WordPress hosting plan with one click WordPress installation facility.  You can choose a hosting plan for your blog according to your own requirements. Let’s proceed to the design stage of your blog.

How to Design a WordPress Blog?

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How to design a blog? Most of the people around the globe prefer to have their blogs designed in WordPress. WordPress gives you the ability to have a customized blog, you can customize themes  &  install plugins according to your own requirements.  I have already taught you how to download and install WordPress  & MAMP on your computer.

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Digital marketing and B2B

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PROCESSES INVOLVED IN DIGITAL MARKETING

In order to have a successful digital marketing campaign, here are the processes you must strictly adhere to:

PLAN

  • Plan and prepare your marketing campaigns
  • Coordinate your marketing campaigns
  • Provide yourself visibility to status and budgets

ATTRACT

  • Procure, position and deliver your media
  • Connect your experiences across all points
  • Build personal and compelling experiences

ENGAGE

  • Listen and participate in active conversations
  • Determine your influencers and locate where they are
  • Allow and support sharing of content

MONETIZE

  • Encourage your customers to make buying decisions
  • Increase your brand loyalty and advocacy
  • Allow ads and subscriptions from others

OPTIMIZE

  • Locate your target audience, find out their interest and behavioural pattern
  • Make your campaign more effective
  • Track your performance

MANAGE

  • Storage of content and management
  • Management of your site and layout
  • Intercommunication supervision and management
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Twitter Checklist; little tips that will help you to tweet better

Here is a simple way of generating traffic on twitter:

–              Introduce yourself to the world that you’re on Twitter

–              Always send informational tweets. (9 informational ratio 1 promotional)

–              Re-tweet any good tweets you come across in your niche

–              Give quick reply to the tweets addressed to you, this will build your relationships faster

–              Pay full attention to the kind of tweets you’re sending out (be personal and occasionally talk about everyday stuff)

–              Pay attention to what people are tweeting about – how can you be of help?

–              Always use catchy images that depict what you are tweeting about

–              Offer freebies

–              Build relationships

–              Send out tweets regularly everyday but do not overdo it.

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Easiest tips in applying for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programmme 2019

As compiled by Nzube Okonkwo, an alumnus of TEF 

The TONY ELUMELU ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME is an annual programme that identifies and funds over one thousand entrepreneurs in Africa whose ideas has the potential of creating jobs and prosperity.

This fund comes in two tranches, the first $5000 is a grant referred to as a seed capital which is non refundable while the second tranche of $5000 comes as equity investment to entrepreneurs whose ideas scaled the startup phase. This second tranche is refundable either as loan or as a convertible equity.

TONY ELUMELU ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME will start receiving application from the first of January, 2019 and as a benefactor of this scheme, I will be sharing some tips on how best you can answer the application questions.

You can apply for the application here

In answering questions to accelerator programmes like this TONY ELUMELU ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM, you have to imbibe the tactic called FAQS which is an acronym for Facts, Analogies, Quotes and Stories.

TONY ELUMELU ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME

Application Questions and Tips for Answering.

What is the name of your company?

Tip: here you are expected to write the name of your company whether registered or not registered. It is not fundamental you apply with a registered company but however, if you application sails through, you will be required to register your company before you get the grant.

 

Business Country

Tip: write down the country of your business residence

 

About Me

Tip: Here you are expected to write down your selling factors. You can think of this as your personal elevator pitch. Don’t start telling them your name or age or even where you come from, all that is already captured in the contact session. Instead tell them what drives you and why you think you are the best person to receive the fund.

E.g. I am a graduate of computer science from Federal Polytechnic Oko. I have great passion for combating climate change in the world. This passion has led me into starting up a company that will recycle materials that contribute to global warming when not disposed well.

(It could be longer than this depending on your narrative but do not exceed the word limit provided on the application portal and be brief as much as possible)

 

Leadership Skill & Experience

Tip: Nobody wants to give money to irresponsible people, so in this section you are expected to highlight your leadership skills or previous work experience. It may not really be super-duper leadership skill or work experience, they just want to know if you have been responsible for any progress in the past. So instead of writing I worked as the CEO of x company or as an intern in x company you are expected to highlight also your achievement(s) in those roles

During my internship as an assistant to the customer care officer in x company, I developed a feedback form through which the company learnt of our customers experience and designed the system to better suit them.

 

Terms and conditions apply

 

Personal Achievement

Tip: here you are expected to talk of any personal achievements. Was there something you built or help facilitated that you are very much proud of, are you currently working on a project to change people’s life or create new jobs. Here is the section to narrate all that and it is advisable to stay around the scope of what you intend to use for your application.

E.g. I built an online drop shipping company where I buy from Amazon and resell to my customers and also deliver to their door steps. My last client gave me 30% extra of what I charged him due to the fact I met his satisfaction and even more. I am very proud of this achievement because I intend to open more delivery outlets across the nation.

 

Elevator Pitch

Tip: the elevator pith is the life of your application, here is what determine to the most part the success of your application.

So what is an Elevator Pitch?

This is a 50 word summary that covers investor interested tenets of your current business or proposed business idea. Let’s say you meet Bill gate in an elevator and he has just 30 seconds before the elevator hits his departure floor, what are the very words you want to tell him to make him give you an appointment or want to invest in your idea.

Don’t start telling him how skillful you are or your leadership skill, this is not the time for all that. Go straight to your product, the problem it’s solving, the demand and your market share.

 

So here is a brief example of an elevator pitch:

Do you know that the recycling industry is currently worth 500Billion dollars and yet about eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean on a yearly basis causing water pollution which drives sea life into extinction? My company vents into seas and recycles these plastics into wearables.

 

Detailed Description

Tip: in this section you are now expected to elaborate your elevator pitch above. Talk more about the product, how will you produce? How will you reach out to customers? The current market worth, your market share and long term goals.

 

Wow Us

Tip: here you are expected to say something very incredible or fascinating about your business idea, you shouldn’t sound generic or myopic.

You can share a wonderful opportunity or niche that exists in your business, a customer rating, quote figures of people that is already benefitting from your business or stream of revenue from first investment.

E.g. I have preregistered and accepted payments from one hundred persons who likes my payment application and they are eagerly waiting for the launching date to start making use of it.

 

Problem Solved

Tip: in this section you talk about the problem your product/service is solving. Do magnify your impact and feel free to brag but stay truthful at all cost. It is also advisable to highlight numerical statistics to persons or things your product/service will impact.

E.g. my inventory app will completely eliminate the manual method of taking stocks in both small and big companies. Most companies usually take stock quarterly or yearly which usually takes up to a week to compile and collate stocks, my inventory app is eliminating the need for any manual form of stock checking as the app will give up to date information of stock flow on a daily basis

 

Terms and conditions apply

 

Development Stage

Tip: Here you will select from a list of option which stage your business is.

Please there is no need to exaggerate as the foundation encourages businesses from 0 -3 years of existence to apply.

 

Please select your company’s primary industry sector

Tip: here you select from a list which sector best defines your business. It could be manufacturing, Agriculture. Production, services, etc.

 

SDGs

Tip: Here you will select from a list the sustainable development goals your business addresses. See this link to learn about the SDGs http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html

Company Structure

Registered company

BONUS: How to win the $5k grant!

Download now a comprehensive analysis of all the questions in the TEF 2019 Grant application by Ogunbowale Olugbenga, a TEF Alumnus by filling in your details in the form below.

TEF 2019 guide

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