Post your New Energy Image and win up to NGN 10,000

Imagine being rewarded for embracing clean energy technology. Would you love to showcase your usage of a renewable source to the whole world and get some cash in the bank for doing that? 

New Energy Africa is on the lookout for users of renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Biogas etc.) in Lagos Nigeria and we are willing to reward the best image/story from users of these technologies. This is part of our civic responsibility to encourage the adoption of renewable energy in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

To participate, share an image of your installation and the biggest benefit this renewable energy source has brought to your household (not more than 250 words). 

In addition, the winner gets interviewed and (s)he would be showcased on our website as an early adopter of renewable energy in the country.

The search starts now and ends by 20th May. May the best image/story win.

    

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Slicing through your interviewees for Real Insights – Are they right for the job?

Hello 9japreneur,

A must read if you handle any form of recruitment/interviewing for your company.

Do you pull your hair trying to find a genuine candidate that shares real passion for your business venture or unit? Do you want someone whom will not only be superb at the interview but on the job?

Then read the insights in this link and apply them during your next interview.

I must note that this is one of the best and bad”ass”est articles I have read on reaching deep into the make up of interviewees. Again, a must read if you get to recruit anyone for your venture or business unit.

 

Insightful Advice on Building your Business

Below, you will find very short, solid and practical advice on building a business. 

“Figure out if anybody cares about what you are doing first. It can be exciting to start a business but I have wasted a lot of time building businesses around solutions to problems no one else thinks are worth paying for. You should start by saying, I have a hypothesis, and then go out and get feedback. Don’t stop or get paralyzed when you get your first “no,” but listen to the underlying reasons. When I worked in business development at Motorola, I would ask, “If we could create a product with these features for this price, would you be interested?” Let people react to the hypothesis. The true driver then becomes: Are they willing to put their money into it? When? Do they ask how quickly they can have it? You want to see an “I need it now” response versus a “Sure, that would be nice.”

Also, when you are coming from left field with something new, like we did with Springboard — the first venture conference just for women entrepreneurs — a lot of people will tell you ‘that’s a stupid idea’ or ‘that can’t be done.’ You need to surround yourself with orthogonal thinkers who can cross boundaries and are open to new ideas. They are able to see what is possible.”

Please note that this extract is from the full interview with Denise Brosseau originally published here.

Useful Business Lessons can be found everywhere – Most recently from the Horsemeat Scandal

A thorough look at this situation based on available information reveals that there must have been flaws in the supply chain, poor risk management practices and elements of greed. These tendencies must be avoided if you wish to have sustainable growth in business. Note that the suppliers and retailers involved in this chain may end up losing more than they have gained from this scheme.

I am one who strongly believe that lifelong lessons that can be used for improving your business venture can be found in virtually every aspect of life. You just need to be a little more discerning and spot things differently. Sometimes, all you need to do is spot “order” out of a situation that is in complete “disorder”.

Before now, I have written two posts on business lessons from the US Republican Nomination race and the Football Pitch. Now, the Horse-meat scandal across Europe is another area to pick relevant lessons from, especially as the major actors are currently trading blames

The big question for me is:

  • What happened to quality assurance checks at the different points of exchange of these meat products?

If samples were tested from the original butchery through the points until they became meatballs, definitely these external elements (horse meat and pork) must have been detected somewhere along the chain. I am really amazed that this can happen in Europe. What happened to risk management practices along the overall chain?

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7 Steps for Starting a Social Enterprise

 Have you identified a problem in your community which you can solve using an effective business solution?

Do you have stirrings inside of you that continually push you to start a social enterprise?

Then, read, eat and sleep the seven tips laid out by Devon Ysaguirre on Forbes.

These seven tips are very good pointers towards helping you start your Social Enterprise.

Tell us how it goes.