EIT Spotlight: Dare Odumade

Abu Okari | Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

I realized MEST is a programme for inspiring the next generation of tech companies in Africa. I also see it as something that is going to forever change the entire vibe in Africa in years to come and, I wanted to be a part of that.

This week’s spotlight is on the second Dare of the Class of 2018. Dare hails from Odogbolu, Ogun State. He has however lived in Lagos all his life save for a short time when he stepped out to attend school in Ibadan. Dare started two startups before joining MEST. Read on to find out their stories and his bold reason for choosing the entrepreneurial path.

What you doing before joining MEST?

I was running a startup and consulting as a social media analyst.  The startup is a music streaming and social messaging platform called sharebunk. I put it out on various platforms in September last year to test and see how it works. So far, it has roughly 1000 downloads across various platforms, including the Google Play Store.

What inspired you to create the startup and why did you choose to name it sharebunk?

While in university, I shared an apartment with a bunch of guys and we were always up to more than one thing in the house- either playing games or listening to music. Also, if someone was playing music in their rooms, it was loud enough you could hear it. So you could be doing something on your phone while listening to music. I felt that these are things you could always share with friends. We decided to replicate this but online, hence the name.  It is like a combination of Instagram and Spotify.

When did you become an entrepreneur?

I have always liked to be active in the world, creating things and earning from them. . So, immediately after high school, I started working with a family member at his petroleum products distribution company. I didn’t feel like  immediately proceeding to university. I worked for four years after which, I went to study Geology at University of Ibadan. During my second year, a friend and I co-founded my first startup called strictly UI. It is like a campus Facebook for the University of Ibadan. There are over 30 thousand students signed onto the platform currently. The university of Ibadan now runs it. We were not able to to monetize it so we handed it over to the university to run it. Students can even pay their school fees through the platform now.

What motivated you to choose entrepreneurship?

I wanted to have the experience of creating my own thing and put it out there for people to use. I generally like efficiency. Often times, I noticed I could increase efficiency around some things. So, I built the product and put it out there, you never know,  it could save lives!

I also found the nine to five lifestyle in Nigeria to be uninspiring. It is too conventional and no diversity is encouraged in the workplace, just traditions you just follow. That is not for me!

Dare Odumade!

What motivated you to join MEST?

I realized that it is a programme for inspiring the next generation of tech companies in Africa. I also see it as something that is going to forever change the entire vibe in Africa in years to come and, I wanted to be a part of that.  I also want to make my own imaginations come to life and MEST is a place I can be able to do that.

What do you think of MEST so far and, have your expectations been met?

So far, yes. I like the fellows. My  main motivation for joining MEST was to learn programming and I am on way there. Also wanted to sharpen my entrepreneur skills, There is a lot to learn generally. You never stop learning. I always feel it is better to learn from experience and MEST enables that, it pushes people out to get something done. You don’t just stay in class.

What has been your memorable moment(s) at MEST so far?

Several days have been memorable in different ways. However, there was this one  time during a class on python when Francis (tech. fellow) gave us data to mine and was able to fix it on my own. It inspired me to keep coding. I just enjoyed it.