Spotlight on EIT: Kelvin Tyron

Abu Okari | Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

This week, we had a chat with Kelvin Tyron, also known as K.T. Read on to find out what citizenship he professes, why business classes are his favourite time at MEST, and what his initial thoughts on communication classes were.

Where are you from?

I am a Ghanaian by birth, a citizen of the world at heart – I believe every individual should be identified by what he does rather than where he is from.

What were you doing before joining MEST?

I worked part-time as a graphic designer for a design studio alongside pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. I did some UI work for a few software projects as well. I also tried my hand on a few businesses, which, unfortunately, failed.

What motivated you to join MEST?

I had a goal to set up a software business by August 2018. This pushed me to focus on becoming a better developer and business person. I needed to learn a few things and figure out better ways to run a business. I basically ran all my past ventures on intuition, which clearly didn’t work out that well for me. I needed a way to learn about business and how to make a business thrive. Also, I had spent most of my time developing my skill-set for designing in the print industry and UI, which meant I needed to put a lot more effort into software development. I felt, based on what I knew about MEST, that getting into the program was the best way to achieve this.

Why do you consider yourself an entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur basically solves the problems that bug him the most. I consider myself an entrepreneur because I am always on the lookout for ways to optimize the way I currently live by eliminating waste. I spend a lot of time looking for the best way to execute a solution to a problem before I begin executing. I believe this defines an entrepreneur – the need to solve problems and not just accept the norms.

I am a Ghanaian by birth, a citizen of the world at heart – I believe every individual should be identified by what he does rather than where he is from.

Why entrepreneurship – what drove you down that path?

Entrepreneurship is the place where I found the freedom to apply my ideas on solving problems. The rush I get while figuring out solutions to various problems, and the freedom that entrepreneurship affords one to think and live as they think best, are the main reasons that keep me returning to entrepreneurship.

You initially mentioned you had tried your hand in a number of business ventures. How many were they and what were they about?

I ran a business in the print and manufacturing industry. We designed and produced clothing and other brand effects for organizations and companies, which factories overseas helped us produce. We then delivered the products to our clients. We got involved in the production value chain, and a result, added more value to our craft. That was our key differentiator from other designers in the same space as us. We did well for a bit but closed down after 2 years of operation.

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

The program is, so far, meeting my expectations. I am learning a lot from different perspectives on a daily basis, and becoming a better person altogether as a result. An experience I will miss when I finish the program is the business classes. They explain the specifics on making a business work and how to identify a business that could work. I am quite grateful for the practical approach to learning, a methodology largely used in the program. I have also changed my perspective on communications classes – something I wasn’t really looking forward to when I started the program; I am learning so much in these classes that I now look forward to the next one.

What has been your best moment at MEST so far?

My best moment at MEST was working on a project we called the BBB (Bet, Buy, Barter). We were tasked to go out to Chale Wote (an annual art street carnival in Ghana) and make as much money as we could with seed money of GHS 20. My team ended up making a little over GHS 400 in a span of 4 days. That was the first experience I had working intensely with my colleagues from other countries. It was challenging and exciting.