I like to describe myself as both a serial and social entrepreneur. I’m inspired by the world around me, particularly the contributions of successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Jamsetji Nasarwanji Tata and Warren Buffet. My entrepreneurial exploits began when I was in high school, where I sold candy and other items to classmates. In the last few years, I’ve co-founded a for profit company NexteBridge and founded a non-profit organization known as WitnessHOPE.
What is WitnessHOPE?
WitnessHOPE is a non-profit organization focused on promoting academic excellence, sportsmanship and adequate healthcare for youth through the provision of training and resources. Growing up in Ghana strongly influenced my decision to found this organization. As a child growing up in a low income family, my mother always encouraged resourcefulness and perseverance. With this spirit in mind and the opportunity to study in the US, I made sure that I took advantage of all the opportunities I had at my disposal- both academic and extra-curricular. As I learned and developed I made sure that I kept my roots close and brought what I’d learned back to Ghana to share.
What is NexteBridge LLC?
NexteBridge LLC is a conglomerate company that provides a broad range of services. I’ve always wanted to start a profitable business of my own. I was interested in starting something that I had a strong passion for that also granted me flexibility. With this vision in mind, my co-founders and I spent over a year putting together a solid business model which would meet our vision as well as the needs of our prospective customers.
What message would you like to leave behind for your fellow entrepreneurs?
As the saying goes "Patience is the companion of wisdom.” Patience allows you to better analyze situations and make the best decisions. Remember patience is not equal to being passive, that gets you nowhere.
Additionally, it’s important to have faith in your product and know how to communicate its benefits both to customers and potential investors. Why do customers need your product? Is your idea sustainable and profitable in the long run?
I’d also like to encourage my fellow entrepreneurs not to be so afraid of failing. Failure in and of itself is a lesson. If you’ve thought through an idea, try it out- you never know where it’ll take you. Here are a few examples of people who started with failure and ended up being successful.
“Walt Disney, is the father of Disney World. His first animation company however failed. He was fired from a job as a news editor because his employers claimed that he lacked imagination. Disney was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World".
"Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying to create the light bulb". When asked about it, Edison allegedly said, "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."
Best of luck to you all!!
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