THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) PARTNERS WITH INNOVATION SL FOR A SPECIAL PITCH NIGHT TO HEAR COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS TO SIERRA LEONE’S PLASTIC PROBLEMS.

There can’t be anyone who has not experienced Sierra Leone’s problem with plastic waste. Abandoned plastic bags, water sachets and bottles litter the streets. They clog gutters and drainage channels, increasing the risk of flooding in our already flood-prone country. They wash up onto the beach, deter tourists, poison our fishing stocks and threaten the … Read moreTHE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) PARTNERS WITH INNOVATION SL FOR A SPECIAL PITCH NIGHT TO HEAR COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS TO SIERRA LEONE’S PLASTIC PROBLEMS.

SL Crowd Green and Sustainable Solutions

SL Crowd Green Solutions is a non equity crowdfunding platform. It is also not a P2P lending platform. It is set up by Innovation SL to enable entrepreneurs and organizations developing green and sustainable solutions to fund their projects through donations. These projects are led by young entrepreneurs, innovators, women, men, communities, companies and groups … Read moreSL Crowd Green and Sustainable Solutions

Monitofarm- Crowdfunding for Seed Capital

Innovation SL, as an Entrepreneurship Support Organization, is launching this Crowdfunding platform-MonitoFarm to meet the seed capital needs of young Agripreneurs in Sierra Leone. Given our work in building the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; in incubating and accelerating Start-ups and Scale-Ups, we see the lack of seed capital as a critical missing piece of the start up … Read moreMonitofarm- Crowdfunding for Seed Capital

Save Your Startups: Using Policy to Kickstart the Post-Crisis Economy

Global economic crises often become extinction events for startups. The COVID-19 crisis has been no exception, and many startups across the globe remain perilously close to the edge of closing up shop. Young companies and founders remain on edge, knowing that things can change in their communities seemingly in an instant. Policymakers should be aware … Read moreSave Your Startups: Using Policy to Kickstart the Post-Crisis Economy

Proud Day

Today is a very proud day for Innovation SL and Innovations Axis. When we started this journey, it was about one thing-creating systemic change in SL by supporting high growth and value creating entrepreneurs. We believed the best way to do this is by enabling an entrepreneurial ecosystem which is crucial to supporting growth entrepreneurs. … Read moreProud Day

Building the next generation of entrepreneurs

Building the next generation of  entrepreneurs – high growth (scalable) and value creating – in Sierra Leone is not a walk in the park; it is not just about incubating start-ups and or accelerating scale ups. It is about cultivating shared values; about connecting ecosystem actors, and about taking a long view.

The current cohort of 12 start-ups, have been with us from 6 months to 12 months. We have followed the Start-ups commons framework, and all but save 2 are well into the developing an MVP. We have created our own customised MVP development template that focuses on validation—validating the product/service, the target segment/customer. Building the framework for validation, our cohorts are developing User Personas and Empathy maps. These user personas are realistic as possible…with names such as Aminata and Sorie…or Mr. Davies. Our cohorts have developed group personas and single user personas so that the MVP captures the basic needs and goals of a single user or a defined group. Much of the “needs and goals” were already developed by our cohorts through their value proposition canvass (as part of defining the value proposition for the BMC). In the value proposition canvass they looked at the customer jobs, pain, gains etc…

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