*TIME WITH THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS*-- TIME WITH EMMANUEL OFOSU-APPIAH.(Co-Founder of AspiNect.)



Today on TIME WITH THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS *TWTYE* We bring you an exclusive with MR. EMMANUEL OFOSU-APPIAH (CO-FOUNDER OF AspiNect) and a senior PR Consultant in London. 

Read the interview below:

   1.  TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU?

I am a very ambitious person and I like to think of myself as someone with a friendly and easy going attitude. I am always looking for opportunities to position myself in places of influence and meet people who can impact my life positively. I am committed to causes I feel strongly about and I believe in helping people reach their full potential in whatever field they may be in.  I currently work as a Senior PR Consultant in London and I am also Co-Founder of AspiNect.

  2. TRY TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS ONLY.

-          Motivated
-          Driven
-          Innovative

    3.  DO YOU FOLLOW SOME SPECIFIC SELF-CONTROL MECHANISMS TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP WALKING WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOING SMOOTHLY AS PLANNED?

I think that having a relationship with God and being a Christian is one of the best self-control mechanisms. Life can always throw you challenges and it is sometimes hard to see the brighter side of things. However, I know that God is always looking out for me and wants to see me succeed which really helps and pushes me to keep on working.

  4.WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT? ARE YOUR PARENTS ENTREPRENEURS?

My Grandma actually, she has always been interested in business and has her own store in Kumasi, Bantama. She is someone who really urged me to get into business and always spoke to me and my brother about investing in assets. My parents also encouraged me to work hard in life and have moulded me to be the person I am today.


     5.WHAT WAS YOUR KEY DRIVING FORCE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
The passion to succeed and to be known for helping bring opportunities to people who normally wouldn’t have the chance.


     6. WHERE DID THE IDEA OF YOUR BUSINESS DERIVE      FROM?
AspiNect (www.aspinect.com) is a social enterprise which I established with my business partner late 2015. We wanted to help young people in London use their minds and get them thinking about what they could really achieve. Our vision is to impact society  through positive ideas and we believe that by investing in young people’s positive project ideas we will give them the boost they need to start making their dreams come true and eventually give them a chance to invest in others and connect with like- minded young people in future.

    7. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR COMPANY?
AspiNect is a fusion of two words – Aspiration and Connect. We aspire to connect people to their dreams.


    8.HOW LONG DO YOU STICK WITH AN IDEA BEFORE GIVING UP?

When I realise that it is not having a positive effect on those I am trying to impact. That then tells me that there needs to be a change in direction or new strategy to move forward.

    9. WHATS YOUR WAY OF HUNTING TALENTS AND BUILDING EFFECTIVE WORKING TEAMS TO ACHIEVE GREAT RESULTS?

People who show that they are willing to stick with a project even when there is no financial benefit are attractive. These are the teams that build a really strong foundation. For our first AspiNect futures competition, the entire team were volunteers who gave up their time to help make the event a success.

    10.       WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES YOU FOLLOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL CUSTOMER RELATIONS?

Always keep your audience informed and always leave them with something to take away mentally.

       
     11.       WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE FOLLOWING TOPIC: ARE ENTREPRENEURS ORIGINALLY BORN AS SUCH OR THEY ARE RAISED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

I don’t agree with any of the following –you put in as much effort as you can into your business idea and that is what really makes an entrepreneur successful.

     12.       WHAT WAS THE TOUGHEST MOMENT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED IN YOUR BUSINESS PRACTICE? HOW DID YOU SUCCEED TO GET OVER IT AND MOVE FORWARD?

The toughest moment for me was trying to raise awareness of a business that no one really knew much about. It takes a lot of effort in terms of marketing and keeping people engaged with your key messages as an organisation. I found it very useful to speak to people around me who helped me and my business partner realize what we could improve.

    13.   SHARE SOME OF YOUR FAILURES AND THE BEST LESSONS YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THEM.

Never rely one on anyone as you will always be let down. The lesson here is always try and tackle situations yourself before seeking any help.

    14.   WHAT WOULD YOU ADVICE TO THE START-UP ENTREPRENEURS IN GHANA?

Africa is a continent with so many opportunities – Ghana has grown so many entrepreneurs over the years. Don’t’ doubt your influence and if you have any ideas that you think can work you better go for it. 

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