1. Tell us about your start-up business. What’s your 30 second elevator pitch?
According to world bank report 2018, 73.9% of people in Sierra Leone have no access to electricity. Limited access is due to; Affordability, Accessability and sustainability. My Company ( IndePower) is providing clean, affordable, portables, and fuel Free generator. Its a pending startup company with no net worth, but we are seeking for financial aid or investment to do our first product launch.
2. What need or problem are you solving?
We are helping to solve the electricity challenge in the Country through our solar powered portable generator. Helping to reduce the high rate of fuel importantation in the county which will kill down the county’s resources. We are here by providing clean and fuel Free generator
3. How did you come up with the idea for the business
I got the urge to fix this problem and make business out of it from my own home town Kono. The problem of electricity there is alarming and its really hard you know.
Kids will have to go under the streets lights to study and some will go to neighbors to study or watch their favorite series because they can’t afford electricity. Its was from those challenges I got a plan and an idea to solve.
4. How did you validate that your solution was viable?
After so many researchs and empathizing in difrerent places in the county. I realized that electricity problem is not only in kono but almost every where in the county. Its a problem people wish to change and are ready to change it, if there is more better way to it.
5. What stage are you at and what’s next?
My pending company ( IndePower) is a start up company with no net worth or operations. But we are happy to say that we know our markets, our customers and how to reach them. We are just seeking for financial aid or investment for us to make our first product launch.
6. What is the biggest win you’ve had so far?
My greatest win is that My company have 80% assurance to stand. I have got many targeted customers and places who are ready to buy when available. As people likely say, there is no Business without customers. So me knowing and how to reach my customers is really a big win to my Company.
7. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had overcome as a start-up founder?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome was the FEAR of FAILURE. Its would have prematuredly killed the possibility of me making it because I was afraid to take that one bold step. But now I have realized that every problem is an opportunity in desguise.
8. What needs do you have to grow and take it to the next level?
I need more Startup capital, partnership and research space to continue test and develop my Innovation.
9. What’s your take on the local start-up scene / Entrepreneurial community? What has been helpful? Its has been a really good community, a place where I learnt lessons, I got my strength, i learnt from mistakes and connect with others.
10. What do you think as an Entrepreneur would be more helpful to have here in the region? I personally think that water, electricity and Agriculture will be the most important things we should get in the region.