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S013: Student Startups: The Best Way to Begin – with Emeka Ossai

October 27, 2016
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S013: Student Startups: The Best Way to Begin – with Emeka Ossai

The University has been the foundation of some of the world biggest companies such as Facebook, Google, Dell, Apple and so on. Even in Nigeria, we have the likes of Jobberman. In this episode, Emeka Ossai talks about why running a business on campus is the best time to start an entrepreneurial journey.

In this episode, you will learn

  • how he left a career in Theatre Art for Entrepreneurship,
  • about student startups that have succeeded and failed on campus,
  • about what should motivate a student to launch a start-up,
  • five tips for running a successful student start-up,
  • about opportunities opened to studentpreneurs, and
  • how Emeka fared in our word game.

 1 Million Student Entrepreneurs

Emeka is on a mission to create a million entrepreneurs from Nigerian campus and to prepare university undergraduates for life outside the University. Listen to How Emeka is making incredible progress in achieving his vision. Also learn how he became an entrepreneur from being a theatre artist? Also learn how he started Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and the Nigerian Enterprise Campus Challenge!

Challenges and Student Startups

Student startups are unlike proper businesses as students are quite conscious of their academic commitments while on campus. Emeka reveals the greatest challenges he’s had to face when working with successful startups. He also highlights some of the greatest drives he finds with students. Listen now to find out more.

Top 5 Tips for a Successful Student Startup

After a number of years helping to nurture startups, Emeka certainly knows a lot more about startups that the average person. From his experience, Emeka highlights 5 of the most important steps to running a successful startup. Although there is no one way to building a great company, this tips are essential in getting it right. Listen Now!
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Inspiring Student Startups

Emeka points one some startup stories that has made him smile and boosted to drive to continue with his efforts to empower undergraduates. He mentioned two startups! Emeka also adds how he intend to help student build more successful startups with the Opportunity Hub.

Opportunities for Student Startups

Where can students find opportunities to grow their businesses? Especially with regards to programmes, business competitions, funding and sponsorship opportunities. Ossai points students to where they can find all they are looking for. You would be surprised you knew them all along! Well, maybe you could learn about new ones too.
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Why Students Should Launch Startups

In a fast pacing world, Emeka reveals how universities are continuously detaching students from reality and how this creates a skills and knowledge gap for students when they graduate. Can making efforts to start a business or joining a startup business bridge this gap? Learn from Emeka why starting a campus business could give you a great headstart for your journey after school!

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Swiych is Podlobe’s interview based channel focused on bringing you entrepreneurs, business owners, and enthusiasts, whose experience you can learn from. Hosted by Samuel Adeoye (a.k.a Se7en), Swiych is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast show.



Today's Guest

Emeka Ossai graduated from the Department of Theatre Arts , University of Ibadan. In his final year, he started Wake Up and Smell the Coffee to help students realize the demands of life outside the university. He became the Project Director of The Nigerian Campus Enterprise Challenge and founder, Inceptum Services.  In 2016, he graduated from the Business and Entrepreneurship Institute, University of Texas, Austin.

Episode Takeaways

In this episode, you will learn

  • how he left a career in Theatre Art for Entrepreneurship,
  • about student startups that have succeeded and failed on campus,
  • about what should motivate a student to launch a start-up,
  • five tips for running a successful student start-up,
  • about opportunities opened to studentpreneurs, and
  • how Emeka fared in our word game.

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