MEST Incubator CEOs Selected as INDIAFRICA Young Visionaries Fellows

MEST | Monday, December 15th, 2014

In December 2014, Kamil Nabong of Dropifi and Samuel Dzidzornu of PollAfrique were selected as two of INDIAFRICA’s ten Young Visionaries Fellows from Africa. They were joined by eight fellows from other African countries – Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Senegal, Egypt, and Zambia — as well as ten fellows from India.

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The vision for INDIAFRICA is to “bring the people of India and Africa closer and help shape the future of these two geographies by engaging their youth.” Since its inception in 2011, the program has brought together selected individuals between the two continents every year to explore the potential business synergies.

This year, Nabong and Dzidzornu participated in a week-long bootcamp from 7-15 December, during which they further developed their business models, heard from speakers across various industries, and networked with the fellows within their cohort. One session in particular focused on the similar nature of challenges faced by both India and African entrepreneurs (e.g. the lack of resources and support for startups) and explored the ways to “get more out of less.” One example they touched upon was the importance of research. “You have to focus on doing research to identify the best use of those resources,” says Nabong. “Once you have that research, you can determine what will bring you the best outcomes.”

For Dzidzornu and Nabong, INDIAFRICA made possible connections to businesses and individuals that they hope to grow into lasting relationships. Says Dzidzornu, “Now that we have business contacts across Africa and India, if we ever need to do anything on these continents, we have the benefit of a strong network of people with deep local knowledge.”