So I’ve been working on Propel for about three years and this summer I took some time off to assess my progress.
It has been difficult. Actually what I’ve been struggling the most with is that I’ve met so many corporations and fund reps that greatly acknowledge what I’m doing to be important – only for to fall short on any involvement.
The notion of locating and funding exceptional African talent from outside Africa, so that they could address the continent’s vital needs through skills and technological innovation has always been “no brainer” to me. Africa has seen a steady rise in terms of new technology ventures being founded and also investors selectively funding entrepreneurs based on track record.
I have met some amazing African talent at NYU Abu Dhabi where I teach Entrepreneurship. Unfortunately the No.1 thing on their most of their minds, whenever I strike up a conversation with them, is about stretching their sights on working and living in a developed nation in the west.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has the right to better their lives in any way the can.
But when I follow up by asking them what do they think if they got the support and tools the need to go back home (Africa) and start something that could potentially lead to success (financially and socially)?
I’m not overstating when I say, 7 to 8/10 – they said they are willing to dive into that adventure. They know the country, they know the issues. They have amazing ideas – and all the needs is support and funding.
Well the hustle continues as they say 😊