I love problem solving and strategic thinking. This got me drawn more into entrepreneurship during my graduate studies at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. While completing graduate school, I participated in several business pitch competitions and emerged as one of the winners in the Brandeis University SparkTank 2018 competition. The lessons learned from the innovation center in addition to my two masters degrees motivated me to start a company that can harness talents, use data to generate knowledge and create sustainable solutions that can enhance livelihoods. It cannot be over emphasized that public sectors programs (and some private businesses) are created based on limited or no evidence. Obviously, as we continue to see in developing countries (Africa for the most part), public sectors, including some private and non-profit programs are short-lived or continue to fail miserably due to lack of evidence-based planning and sustainable business strategies.
My company harness local talents, combine cross-cutting skills in information technology and data and analytics to deliver tailored solutions to clients.
As a startup business, securing a workstation and access to capital was one of the biggest challenges. Everything so far has been based on bootstrapping. There where times my team got less motivated because running a startup is no easy feat. The journey can be lonely and overwhelming. However, holding on to the leap of faith kept us going to this day.
In the context of a startup, I see success as that moment when you deliver a task with limited resources at your disposal. MY success can be attributed to perseverance.
In the next 5 years I look forward to J-MO Global becoming a leading data and analytic firm providing cutting edge innovations in the sectors we operate in Liberia.
Africa focused-entrepreneurs can create the real solutions to Africa’s problem for economic growth and development. As an entrepreneur with startup, the challenge is enormous on the Continent regarding access to capital. However, through perseverance and consistency, anyone can break the glass ceilings. We need more Dangotes, Tony Elumelus, etc. across the Continent.
First, I tried to make my business a fun and passion. Secondly, I do self-care activities with my family and friends.
I look at the Chinese breakthrough in Agriculture and technology and ask myself, why not us-Africans? This keeps me going!
At the moment, I can’t live without messenger and WhatsApp for my business. Very handy!