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25 Websites To Visit As An Entrepreneur

There's no reason you can't learn something new every day, whether it's a work skill, a fun new hobby, or even a language! As an entrepreneur, you are expected to be updated on trends in business, technology sector, health and anything you can think of, because it's obvious that an entrepreneur is likely to see an opportunity anywhere. So here is a list of 25 handful and amazing websites you can visit to learn and expand your horizon: 

1. Lynda: Where over 4 million people have already taken courses.

2. CreativeLive: Get smarter and boost your creativity with free online classes.

3. Hackaday: Learn new skills and facts with bite-sized hacks delivered daily.

4. MindTools: A place to learn leadership skills (see more great places to learn leadership skills online here).

5. Codecademy: Learn Java, PHP, Python, and more from this reputable online coding school.

6. Platzi: Get smarter in marketing, coding, app development, and design.

7. Big Think: Read articles and watch videos featuring expert “Big Thinkers.”

8. Craftsy: Learn a fun, new skill from expert instructors in cooking, knitting, sewing, cake decorating, and more.

9. Guides.co: A massive collection of online guides on just about every topic imaginable.

10. LitLovers: Practice your love of literature with free online lit courses.

11. Udacity: Learn coding at the free online university developed by Sebastien Thrun.

12. TED Ed: The iconic TED brand brings you lessons worth sharing and learning.

13. Scitable: Teach yourself about genetics and the study of evolution.

14. ITunes U: Yale, Harvard, and other top universities share lecture podcasts.

15. Livemocha: Connect with other learners in over 190 countries to practice a new language.

16. WonderHowTo: New videos daily to teach you how to do any number of different things.

17. FutureLearn: Join over 3 million others taking courses in everything from health and history to nature and more.

18. One Month: Commit to learning a new skill over a period of one month with daily work.

19. Yousician: Who said when you learn something new it has to be work-related?

20. Highbrow: A subscription service that delivers five-minute courses to your email daily.

21. Memrise: Get smarter and expand your vocabulary.

22.. DataMonkey: The ability to work with data is indispensable. Learn SQL and Excel.

23. Saylor Academy: Offers a great public speaking course you can take online, and see more free public speaking courses here.

24. Cook Smarts: Learn the basics to advanced food prep and cooking techniques.

25. Academic Earth: Offering top quality university-level courses since 2009.

By Aisha Tofa, Marketing Executive Co-Founder Startup Kano.

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Hub Book Club

Introduction 

Hub Book Club is an innovative approach toward recreating nor rebuilding reading habit in the mind of the said target audience which are the youth and those interested. The book club will have distinctive section which improve and troubleshoot the identified problems.

Overall Objective:

  • To improve vocabulary build
  • To help acquire more knowledge
  • To drive more skills and technical know-how
  • To standout and be unique
  • To fight and kill I don’t know or I can’t out of our lives
  • To have the ability of I can do, I know and I will do.

This Book Club was initiated by Hauwa Kulu, whom have so much interest in book reading, to see her updates on her instagram page, follow her up @imperfect_bint.

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10 APPS YOU MUST HAVE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR IN KANO

As a Nigerian, being an entrepreneur is an easy yet complicated task. There are a lot of opportunities all around with resources at our hands, but it only takes a wise and creative person to see and be able to use it. Also, it’s not just about being an entrepreneur, or a Nigerian! A Place like Kano state is a very sensitive and complicated place to do business. The ancient city of Kano is a commercial nerve centre since before the coming of the colonial masters and still now it is the center of commerce of Nigeria where everything you could think of is available and every business you could think of is being practiced. Kano is a state of tradition, culture and religion; so, every move you make would obviously affect your business. Kano people are tricky, in love with new trends, and in love with their businesses, so as long as you want to penetrate the market, you have to stand out, be unique and never give up once you start.

The world is turning around, and we are living in the digital age, Kano is a place in Nigeria where technology penetration and acceptance is slow and with over 1000 young developers and techies in it, it is still hard to explore the tech market due to low technological advancement in business.

As an indigene of Kano, an entrepreneur and a passionate business person, I took my time to make things easier for you to leverage the market of Kano and penetrate successfully using technology! Below are 10 Apps you should have and use as an entrepreneur in Kano;

Instagram 

Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers. Instagram is owned by Facebook and was launched on 6th October 2010. It is now one of the largest online community with over 1 billion users.

As an entrepreneur, one can use Instagram as an avenue to drive market through online promos, campaigns, product showcase, Instagram contests, hashtag contests, creating an Instagram for your business (Instagram business account), using specific hashtags.

SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey is an online survey development cloud-based software as a service company, founded in 1999 by Ryan Finley. It is a tool that allows users to create their own surveys using question format templates. The basic version of SurveyMonkey is free; an enhanced version is also available at a cost.

One could make a research from his bed, and make a pretty cool cash!

kineMaster 

kineMaster is the only full-featured professional video editor for Android, supporting multiple layers of video, images, and text, as well as precise cutting and trimming, multi-track audio, precise volume envelope control, color LUT filters, 3D transitions, and much more. For professionals and amateurs alike. It is also available on Apple store and for PC.

For entrepreneurs who work with videos either on social media, blogs, or shorts movies, kinemaster allows you to work on your video by yourself and you could earn a lot by making more videos for other people too.

Buffer

Buffer is a software application for the web and mobile, designed to manage accounts in social networks, by providing the means for a user to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. You could be a social media manger, social media influencer or someone who runs many accounts and you might be a busy person or not but having a helping hand like buffer to post on your several accounts and at the time you want would be so cool.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-focused social networking site that was launched in 2003. Its main purpose is to help people network professionally. The basic service is free. The site lets you find other business associates, clients, and colleagues whom you already know.

Other ways to use linkedin wisely is the; LinkedIn Pulse | A Reader’s Platform : A platform for users to read and write content which will help them in their professional life. The topics usually covered are related to business fields namely Marketing, Business Development, Finance, HR, Social Media, etc.

Networking : LinkedIn can be used to network with professional people and organisations effectively.Company pages keep you updated with the recent advancements.

Find a Job : With the increase of users, LinkedIn has grown a Hiring Platform, and is widely used by both employers and and employees. Brainstorm and Host Meaningful Conversations : LinkedIn groups provides the users with a platform to discuss ideas, brainstorm over specific topics, share best case studies and get their queries solved.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly using images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos. The best place to find ideas in videos, articles and pictures is pinterest. As an entrepreneur,you can never run out of ideas with pinterest.

Facebook 

Facebook is a community where people meet and network in a fun and flexible way, as the second most populated place on earth, one can leverage on that to achieve a lot in their business. Facebook increases exposure to potential customers, gather more leads, lowers marketing expenses, build brand and loyalty and increase your web traffic

WordPress

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and is, by far, the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS), used by approximately 75 million

websites. WordPress is free to install, deploy, and upgrade. Thousands of plugins and templates power a flexible and simple interface, which reduces development costs and deployment time.

Google Keep 

Google Keep is a note-taking service developed by Google. Launched in 2013, Google Keep is available on the web, and has mobile apps for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio. keep is always on and live, it sets reminders, transcribe texts from images

YouTube 

YouTube is an American video-sharing website. It is the home of the viral video, the term for a video that spreads quickly to a large audience on the Internet. Marketers can use other social media avenues, such as Facebook or Twitter, to direct consumers to YouTube videos as a way of trying to get the videos to catch fire with the public. It is also a perfect place to market and earn a lot of money

By Aisha Tofa

Startup Kano Co-Founder

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STARTUP KANO HOST NWT TRAINING FOR 200 WOMEN IN TECH IN KAN0 STATE

Nigerian Women Techsters is an experimental learning program by @tech4dev sponsored by Microsoft aimed at building digital literacy particularly in coding and analytical skills in young women. Tech4dev in itself is a social enterprise that helps solve the world’s great problems through technology.

It plans to train 2,400 women within the age range of 18-40 in Nigeria in the next one year and across 12 States of which #Kano is included. However For the cohort in Kano, Startup Kano would handle and facilitate the training and it’s qualified and experienced facilitators pulled from their inbuilt developers communities and @wintechng would do the job.
The training initiated on 4th May 2019, at 9am and in attendance were 59 women.

Key Objectives

The key objectives for the training is to train the women in coding and analytical related skills of which three were selected namely:

Web and Mobile App
Game Development
Embedded systems

The Women however were given the privilege to select the skill of their choice based on their registration online.
Yesterday, being the first class was for introduction and basics which was however deep. The training would run for the next 10 Saturdays as it is scheduled for Saturdays and online trainings would be taken within the week since there will be no need to converge at the hub as its online.

In Conclusion, It promises to be an amazing time for the women selected and the skills to be acquired would be beneficial to the society at large as the women from their contributions today made it clear they already have ideas of problems to be solved using the skills to be acquired.

#womentechstars #kano #cohort #skillsforlife #girlswhocode #wintechng

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WOMEN FOUNDERS CONFERENCE 3RD EDITION 2018 ANNOUNCED

STARTUP KANO WOMEN FOUNDERS CONFERENCE THIRD EDITION, 2018

Venue: Marhaba Event Center farm Center beside Bristol Palace Hotel, Kano.
Date : 12th Decemebr, 2018
Time: 10am Prompt

WOMEN FOUNDERS CONFERENCE

Women Founders Conference is a single day event being curated by Startup Kano Team with an audience of about 200 women in business and startups in one place, this year’s conference will focus on women in business to share their stories and practical advice. Our aim is to bring together bright minds to deliver talks that are idea motivated and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder to provoke conversations that matter among women entrepreneurs in our ecosystem. Each year’s conference feature successful women speakers to share their stories and practical advice, learn how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them and what led their companies’ growth?

THEME #HerAgenda

Each year has its unique theme using a hashtag that serves as the point of reflection. We carefully chose a theme for the conference which address critical issues and immediate social concerns that affect Women entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. This year’s theme #HerAgenda is used due to the rise in the number of women founders who have demonstrated great determination and struggle to achieve high standard of ethical, moral and civic standards in the ecosystem.

MODE OF PARTICIPATION

50 special invitation is sent out to corporate Organizations and highly respected and influential women achievers to grace the conference to serve as an inspiration and motivation to the budding women entrepreneurs in attendance.
A registration portal is open for interested participants to register online so as to capture the type of audience to be expected at the conference. Participation is strictly on invitation or registration online. However, if participants are not able to register online, registration can do be done on the conference day which might attracts additional charges from the participants.

SPEAKERS SELECTION CRITERIA

The conference will feature successful business women and entrepreneurs whose brand and services, over the years demonstrated business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, community and social responsibility. Their journey has been memorable, unforgettable and worthy of emulation to inspire and motivate the younger generation who are ready to change the world. M:
Our aim is to bring together bright minds to deliver talks that are idea motivated and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder, to provoke conversations that matter among women entrepreneurs in our ecosystem.
A minimum of ten years’ experience in any field of expertise; entrepreneurship, Information technology, finance, legal, administration, health, agribusiness, education, commerce, business.
Our speakers can springs from anywhere around the world, because the conference is a world class standard and has an international recognition.

OBJECTIVES

1. To accelerate the development process of women business startups;
2. To facilitate the creation of an interactive community for exchange of ideas, mentorship and information for women;
3. To create a comfortable environment for businesswomen, women startup owners and potential investors to interact;
4. To establish a network of women entrepreneurs committed to growing and scaling their businesses;
5. To provide essential support to women startups that thrive and cater for the socio-economic climate and boost job creation.

FINANCING/FUNDING

From its inception, Women Founders Conference is a sponsored event designed to enlighten and showcase women entrepreneurs in our ecosystem. The Conference will be financed from either sponsorship or donations. Sponsorship of the Conference gives endless opportunities including advertisement rights to the sponsor.
Our partners, sponsors and other stakeholders for Women Founders Conference will be identified as key contributors to the creation and development of business women and the startup ecosystem. Details of commitment can be discussed by respective organization having interest to be sponsors.
This is an opportunity for the sponsors and partners to present itself to business women, customers and decision makers whose efforts and impact through their brands and services, over the years demonstrated business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, civic and social responsibility.
As a Sponsor of Women Founders Conference, you directly promote the work of a great community and help create a platform for business women and entrepreneurs to showcase and stimulate their business growth.

VOLUNTEERING

We open our doors to committed and dedicated people who are willing to contribute their quota to the success of Women Founders Conference. In as much as it is a conference, it i community driven and has been tagged under Startup Kano community events at organizational level.
BRANDING GUIDE (OTHER LOCATION):
Women Founders Conference is the name of the grand event, for other places participating and coordinating Women Founders Conference, the Conference will take the name of the location. Example in Niger State, Minna it will be; Women Founders Conference Minna.

PROMOTIONS

Use the following hastags; #wfc18 #heragenda #KanoCe #startupkanno for publicity and follow the official social media sites for startup Kano @startupkano across all platforms.
PREVIOUS CONFERENCE

WFC 2016: #youcansitwithus
WFC 2017: #inspiredbyawoman

 

WHAT NEXT?

More Goodies this year + we have 5 stalls for 5 Amazing Businesses to showcase their products. Last year we had 300 women in attendance and this year we are aiming more! Ticket is N1,000 only and Conference kit(including certificate) is N2,000 only (Kit is optional). all you have to do is register from the link here bit.ly/WFCKano (Case sensitive) or click on our bio, and we will send you an email for payment/Confirmation and your Ticket!

REGISTER HERE

 

 

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CONNECT LEARN GROW

As part of our mission to create opportunities for creative entrepreneurs, designers, developers, startups, tech enthusiast we are excited to announce to you that Startup Kano Hub is live and accessible to the public. Opening hours is fro  09:00am to 05:00pm from Monday to Friday, and what are weekends for? Communities events where you actually recap have fun etc with the Hub Community.

Creative Minds

Startup kano Hub is the number one “BUS STOP” for creative minds to connect. We believe in creativity and innovations to build the future.

Internet

You can take advantage of our high speed internet connection to maximize productivity.

Affordable

We are flexible at charging to fit all. No matter what you do, we’ve got you covered.

Network with Mentors

Mentors are the north star of creative minds.

HUB ACTIVITIES

We all know that a fun and positive WorkSpace is necessary to increase productivity and inspire creativity. We put more attention into the design and style of our creative community, to be inspiring, creative and fun.

Community Events

We organize, host and collaborate with other partners to bring you the best community events, such as tech events and Entrepreneurship classes.

Relaxation Zone

Its fun to be at our Hub. All works without play makes Jack a doll boy. We’ve got, Video Games (For the love of ‘GAME’), Board Games, Books and so much more to make your stay comfortable.

Hub Store

Get your Gadgets, SWAGS and other materials/apparels at the HUB without leaving what you are doing.

Lets get you on board

Now that you are interested in changing the world, lets get you on board here

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Startup Kano Hub Hosts in Google Hash Code 2018

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Hash Code is a team programming competition organized by Google for students and industry professionals across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. You pick your team and programming language, pick a Google engineering problem and solve it.

Would you like to take the Google Hash Code 2018 Challenge.

Get Started

Signup for Google Hash Code  here  and join Startup Kano Hub

Join Satrtup Kano Hub

Startup Kano Hub is one the participating Hub in this year’s Google Hash Code Challenge, last year we had team of vibrant and students IT enthusiast who participated in the competition. Did we mention our facilities? check here (www.startupkano.com/hub) (Nah a visit Will convince you.)
This year we are having in house Google Developers mentors and aspiring Google Developers Expert to guide you through the process. All you need to do is form a team or join an existing team and change the world!

Hash Code Kano

Cheers!

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For more information about the Hub
Visit us today : No.265 Daurawa, Maiduguri Road Beside Azman Filing Station Tarauni Kano State.
http:// www.startupkano.com/hub
@startupkano across all social media sites
#Startupkano

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RECAP: STARTUP KANO WOMEN FOUNDERS CONFERENCE SECOND EDITION 2017

About

Women Founders Conference is startup Kano’s annual event that brings together bright minds to give talks that are idea focused and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder to provoke conversation that matter among women in the ecosystem.

The theme for the Second edition of Women Founders Conference 2017; #INSPIREDBYAWOMAN, and was hosted in the largest Mall in West Africa (Ado Bayero Mall) on Friday 15th December, 2017 with a massive turnout of participants and rock star speakers from different works of life ,who shared a practical experience and story to budding entrepreneurs and other founders present at the event.

SESSIONS

The event started at 10am with the opening speech from the conference director Startup Kano Co-Founder Aisha Tofa,

Dr. Hauwa Lamino Chairperson EYE Africa

Alh. Abbas Dalhatu. MD Freedom Radio

Aysha Tofa WFC Co-Founder Startup Kano

HE. Aisha Babangida, Chairperson Better Life Program

followed by His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano Dr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ably represented in person of  Hakimin Nasarawa (MD Freedom Radio, Kano) Alh. Abbas Dalhatu. Our keynote speaker Her Excellency Aisha Babangida, Chairperson Better Life Program, who really inspired and motivated all the women present, Dr. Hauwa Lamino, (Chairperson Emerging Young Entrepreneurs) shared her story and experience running an agribusiness based startups across Africa.

Nura Samaha, with her models.

The conference took a paradigm shift, when Nura Samaha, a young and vibrant fashion designer that she believe “she is fashion herself”, was introduced to the gathering as the youngest founder who came to Startup Kano about 8 months ago and is now undergoing incubation at Startup Kano Hub. She made a quiet display and presented her inspiring story to the women present at the conference and  also paraded  a wonderful presentation of her dresses with models wearing her costume.

Farida Yahya, Program Director, Jamuje

Our second speaker Farida Yahaya a woman of substance and the Founder, Program Coordinator for Jamuje, a citizen led initiative that provides solutions to the most devastating problems in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Food and drinks were served from the amazing kitchens of 3Meals Culinary Kitchen and Hafsy Saffron Event Management, which till date we still have calls from participants about their addresses to get more of what they tasted at the conference (lol). They are super amazing.

An extensive  fire side chat was discussed by two prominent women founders entrepreneurs ; Hafsat Ibrahim, the famous Hasfy Safron and Bahijja S Bawa, from Bee-Jay Makeups Kano.The event was concluded on the need for women founders and entrepreneurs to embrace the culture of partnership and collaboration in the ecosystem.

 

Amazing Students

WFC17 Crew

Not forgetting the amazing students that came from (Her Dear Diary Initiatives) HDDI to have a feel of what it means to be a founder: Maitama Sule Girls Academy Kano, Aunty Laila Secondary School Kano and Emphatic Schools Kano.
We would not complete this post without recognizing the effort of our amazing volunteers, who helped out during the conference. Thank you all we love you!

 

As a rule of thumb, Startup Kano Women Founders Conference is a community event under the Women Founders Group, which rely on sponsorship and donation from relevant stakeholders within and outside the country. We want to use this medium to show our profound gratitude to our Partners, Sponsors and Supporters.

Partners:

National Information technology development Agency (NITDA) Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) as our major partner for this August conference. Ado Bayero Mall, MTN Nigeria, Malaabis by Maymz Fashion Design, 3meals Culinary Kitchen, Jamuje and Flexisaf Edusoft Limited, Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE Africa).

Media Partners:

Special thanks to Maikatanga Photography its obvious you will see all his watermark on most of the pictures here. The Airmingle, All-Entrepreneurs, Motion Pictures Productions Ltd, Telescope Magazine, Waves Advertising Ltd, TechArewa Media and Arewa Vogue Entertainment.

Supporters:

British Council, Facebook Dev Circle Kano, Google Women Techmakers Kano, Google Developers Group, and Halisman Technology.
They all play a vital role for the success of this August Conference and we look forward to doing amazing things with them in the next conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to be a partner, sponsor or a supporter? Contact us at [email protected] or contact us at noS265, Daurawa Maidugurii Road Kano.

#inspiredbyawoman.

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STARTUP KANO TO HOST THE 2ND EDITION OF WOMEN FOUNDERS CONFERENCE

Last year on the 14th of December 2016 we hosted the maiden edition of Women Founders Conference at Ado Bayero Mall Supported by NITDA’s OIIE and it made history. The first of its kind, Business Women gathering in Kano which was graced with women entrepreneurs, founders and strong business women who came and share their practical stories, how they got started, what inspired them and what challenges they faced.

This year, we excited to announce to you the Second Edition the Conference tagged #inspiredbyawoman and will be hosting speakers from different part of Country.

Women Founders Conference is a full day event being curated by Startup Kano Team with an audience of about 200 women in business and startups in one place. Our aim is to bring together bright minds to deliver talks that are idea motivated and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder to provoke conversations that matter among women entrepreneurs in our ecosystem.

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR

This year’s conference, will focus on women in business for collaboration to inspire budding women entrepreneurs in our ecosystem.
The theme for this year is tagged, “#INSPIREDBYAWOMAN” and will be on the following topics:
• AGRIBUSINESS.
• Technology and entrepreneurship in the 21st century
• Branding (Personal and Corporate).
• Partnership and Collaboration (Fireside Chat)

Also Opportunity to meet and network with mentors, female entrepreneurs and much  more.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: 15th December 2017

Venue: Ado Bayero Mall Zoo Road Kano

Find tickets Here

Among the objectives of attending the WFC includes:

1. To enrich the development process of women business startups

2. To facilitate the creation of an interactive community for exchange of ideas and information

3. To create a comfortable environment for business startup owners and potential investors to interact

4. To establish a network of entrepreneurs committed to growing and scaling their businesses

5. To provide essential support to ensure that the business startups thrive and cater to the socio-economic climate by creating jobs and problem solving.

ENQUIRIES:

[email protected]

+234(80)38088515

 

#inspiredbyawoman

 See you there!

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Women Founders Group Hosted Women to Digital Social Wednesday

Women Founders Group hosted its first edition of Social Wednesday. An event that brings women in business together to train them on digital and social media skills that will assist them to boosts sales and productivity.

Social Wednesday is a medium for women especially those without any form of the tech skills to learn the various strategies and techniques and use these new skills to build a better business and re-enforce their digital marketing.

The event will held at Startup Kano hub. It was a unique opportunity for women entrepreneurs and techies to arm themselves with valuable knowledge which is no doubt essential in today’s world.

The event saw about 50 women in attendance. Some of them took the medium to express their lack of inclusion in tech related activities. The Lead of WFG Miss Aysha Tofa offered her advises and encouragement to the women and urge them to always strive t o learn technical skills.

 

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