5 Steps to Raising Business Capital for StartUps & SMEs

25 Aug
"...Derick is a good cook for a guy! Like he is a chef, trained one with many food exhibitions and successful projects to his credit. I met Derick as a guest at a musical tour event by a popular artist in the south of Nigeria. We connected, shared ideas and chatted about the growing rate of entrepreneurial spirit in the continent of Africa, Nigeria particularly. As for business goals, Derick wants to open a food and confessionary restaurant, so he took the usual road; spoke to family members, spoke to friends using the successes of all his previous projects and exhibition as traction, didn’t even ask for free money but went the hard road of asking for loans and investment funds from these guys but met lots of brick walls. Get this right, he didn’t meet brick walls because these guys didn’t have the money, they are friends, and family members he knew well they could afford what he was asking for. They have hung out severally to have drinks with running over and above the amounts, he asked from each fellow. Guess what he didn’t get the funding support. For whatever reason or reasons, they were less concerned about his business growth and more concerned about having drinks and partying when they can. Was Derrick able achieve his business goal? We would that find out later...." The above is a portion of the introduction to this new ebook - SEED FUNDING SECRETS. This kind of scenario is what an average startup or SME entrepreneur face daily in the African space. Continue reading

Am I really a failure?

8 Aug
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Am I really a failure?  This question begs for a million dollar answer... As a StartUp CEO, one of the biggest emotions I've had to deal with is mastering the emotion of fear. Since coming back fully in the business...
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#AskSilasDairy 008: How #ProjectCEO gave birth to the Ignite Nation

31 Jul
For those that have been following my Vlog and social media updates, #ProjectCEO isn't news to you anymore. #ProjetCEO is our annual business development class (Read more about it here About #ProjectCEO). It held in 4 cities thise year (2017)...
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#AskSilas Tips: Would you like to be a PODFather?

31 Jul
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a London based business and entrepreneurship blogger to share my ideas on PODCASTING as disruptive content creator and I did. I I was casually answering questions thrown at me effortlessly (because it's already my daily & weekly experience). This morning, I woke up to a message notifying me that the article has been published. You should see the smile on my face - (London is publishing Silas Ozoya I thought to myself). This is just a story of consistency, clarity of message and focus on the mission you've been called to do. These guys have been listening to the #AskSilas podcast out there in London. Would you like to be a Would you like to be a podfather? (Translated: Podcast Expert). Please click here to read the article Want to be a podfather?  Thanks to Freedom Eche for the feature on afroentrepreneurs.com - a Pan-African business and entrepreneurship web portal based in London poised to promote African entrepreneurs, their businesses, vendors and skilled people.   If you are yet to listen to any episode of the #AskSilas PODCAST, do yourself a favour, Click LISTEN now!

3 Business Rainy Days and How to Prepare for Them.

16 Jun
rainy day It's rainy season in Nigeria right now and most parts of West Africa but that's not the problem. The southern part of Nigeria has more rain than other parts of the country resulting in heavy flooding but that's still not the problem. Some people end up losing their business, property, and so on.... Guess what? That isn't even a problem here... What's the problem you might ask? If those points made above are to the problem them what else could be a problem in this cause? Isn't that what you're wondering about? Rainy season is arguably one of the most difficult seasons in the life of an average African (at least where I come from - Nigeria). We've heard time and time again - prepare or save for the 'rainy day'. As cliché as that sounds, it has lots of wisdom in it other literarily and otherwise. The problem is we are mostly now prepared so the rain comes, destroys and the flood (a by-product of the heavy downpour) take some things with it as a souvenir for you 'ill-preparation'. Let's zero in on business which is my main concern here. In business, there are 'rainy days'. They would come trust me! It's as certain as the rainy season coming every year in Africa. Are you prepared? Continue reading

You Have a Message- A Call to Creatives, Thought Leaders & Coaches

5 Jun
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You Have a Message.... your audience is waiting.

___________________________________________________________________________ It's not about what they want, it's about what you want. If you can just be selfish enough to grind for what you want, they would get what they want. Eventually... They are just scared of the change you're becoming. Get used to it... Even you are scared but, you see the light calling you... It's drawing you would closer... Continue reading

#5xIncome: How To Generate 5x Income in 30-90 days

19 May

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Having a source of income is good but having multiple sources of income is way better. ___________________________________________________________________________ In this short email course, I talked about basic steps the things needed for setting up a solid foundation for earning more than on source in this 21st. Continue reading

Over 330 million Was Made Last Week On Big Brother Naija… How Much Did You Make Last Week?

5 Apr
ebukaHonestly, I think I was among the first set of people to punch my calculator app when Ebuka announced that the show has 11 million votes last week. I had waved off the idea of trying to count other people's chickens while I'm still among my own eggs until the wave came in on social media on Monday and it's still spreading as I post this... A few weeks ago we were comparing Sir Shina Peters and Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank as to their decision of how they spent their own N20 million. Emphasis on their own.... The money isn't yours before you say this or that... It's not yours! Now here's my 2 Kobo on this whole financial intelligence related trends (which of course many have ignored). Continue reading

StartUp Funding Secret: 2 Simple Ways to Raise N1Million for Your Business Idea or Project in 90 days

31 Mar

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Since the launch of StartUp Business Africa (SUBA) community in July 2016, we made it crystal clear that our goals are to create an avenue to; Network, Develop & Generate Funds for our business idea and projects.

We've enjoyed viable business networking among ourselves... Testimonials abound. We've been able to develop ourselves through development materials in the community and courses from #AskSilas Academy Continue reading