4 Key Lessons to Help You Go from Idea to Startup


Many of us have had a lot of “aha” moments when it comes to conjuring ideas. Some people can even sit down and develop a whole business idea just by talking about it to their peers. But the energy we use to get these ideas dwindles when it comes to implementation because “talk” is never the same as “action”. And the gap between idea and action can sometimes feel like trying to cross the Sahara desert on foot

So, how do we bridge this gap, especially as an aspiring entrepreneur in Nigeria? Let’s journey with Bola a young entrepreneur, and expose the secrets behind changing ideas into successful startups.

Bola’s journey began during his days at the University of Lagos. Frustrated by the lack of affordable and reliable transportation options around campus, he envisioned a solution: a ride-sharing platform tailored to the needs of Nigerian students. Drawing from his own experiences and those of his peers, Bola identified a problem he was passionate about solving.

Eager to bring his vision to life, he took the time to think of his idea. He conducted surveys among his fellow students, gauging their interest and willingness to use a ride-sharing service. Their enthusiastic responses confirmed his belief that he was onto something big.

As Bola delved deeper into the world of entrepreneurship, he realized the importance of surrounding himself with the right people. He attended startup meetups, joined online communities, and sought mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs. Through these connections, he gained insights, and support, and even found his first investors.

Like any entrepreneurial journey, Bola encountered setbacks along the way. Regulatory hurdles, technical challenges, and fierce competition threatened to derail his dreams. But instead of giving up, he adapted. He iterated on his product, pivoted when necessary, and persevered through adversity.

If you were following Bola’s story very closely, you would have picked up some interesting points that you need to note down by now.

But let’s boil it down to four key lessons we can all learn from Bola’s journey:

Lesson 1: Start with Personal Experience

Got an idea? Great! But before you begin, make sure it’s rooted in real-world problems — preferably ones you’ve experienced yourself.

Start by identifying problems or opportunities that resonate with your own experiences and those of your community. Starting with what you know increases your chances of building a viable solution.

Lesson 2: Validate Early and Often

Don’t rush into building the next big thing without checking if anyone actually wants it. Gather feedback, conduct surveys, and make sure there’s a hungry market waiting for your solution.

Lesson 3: Embrace Adaptability and Persistence

Expect setbacks and challenges along the way, but don’t let them deter you. Stay flexible, be willing to pivot when necessary, and persist through adversity. Adaptability and resilience are crucial traits for navigating the unpredictable terrain of entrepreneurship.

Lesson 4: Cultivate a Strong Network

Surround yourself with supportive individuals who can provide guidance, mentorship, and opportunities. Building a network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts can open doors and offer invaluable support throughout your startup journey.

Now, speaking of support networks and valuable resources, have you heard about Foundry? The Foundry is an initiative of The Nest Innovation Technology Park, dedicated to empowering businesses for sustainability and profitability.

With Foundry, you’ll gain access to:

Entrepreneurship Support: Receive personalized guidance tailored to your unique needs and experiences.

Mentorship Opportunities: Connect with seasoned entrepreneurs who can provide invaluable insights and support.

Funding Solutions: Secure the resources you need to fuel your growth and innovation with access to a network of investors and funding opportunities.

Training Programs: Sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge, and stay ahead of the curve with our comprehensive training programs and workshops.

The Foundry has a community of people which comprises entrepreneurs who have taken part in our activities so far. It is a community every passionate business owner should be a part of.

Sound like what you will be interested in? Well, what are you waiting for? Join Foundry today and let’s turn your startup dreams into reality.

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