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Simon’s Startup Journey Episode 8: Show me the money

In this episode I pitch to get in to a startup accelerator programme. Accelerators are organisations that are supposed to help accelerate the growth of startup businesses. However getting accepted onto one is incredibly competitive. It’s harder to get onto an accelerator than Oxbridge. The majority only accept companies with a team, an MVP(Minimum Viable Product) or Protype and Traction. It is nearly impossible to get onto one or receive any sort of investment unless you meet these 3 criteria. The challenge for me has always been going from 0-1. Everyone wants to join the party when you’re doing well however there are hardly any organisations that support super early stage entrepreneurs with just ideas, so I continue to work blood, sweat and tears to get to make any sort of progress. Being an early stage startup entrepreneur is sort of like someone searching for their first job without prior experience. You need experience to get a job however you can’t get experience without getting a job, it’s a vicious cycly. Somewhere in between you have to make it happen for yourself and that’s what I’m doing with will continue to do until the dream becomes a reality. It’s so damn bloody hard however I’ve just got to continue going for it. (Spoiler Alert – My application was rejected.)

Simon’s Startup Journey: Episode 7: Birmingham Hackathon

Birmingham Hackathon Session:

Part of the TRENDiPEOPLE Software Engineering & Development team are old friends from my home town in Birmingham, England. I currently live & work in London which is about a 4 hour journey from door to door by public transport. Although we mainly work remotely as a team, every so often I have to travel up there to catch up with the Trendi-Team in person. In this episode I document my work trip to Birmingham to catch up with the team. Team work makes the dream work, enjoy 🙂  In next week’s episode I pitch to a Startup Accelerator for investment…

 

 

Simon Tefula’s Startup Journey Episode 5: Speaking at London College of Fashion

I was invited to Speak to an audience at London College of Fashion about Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Tech and Funding. I met some amazing people predominantly fashion/tech entrepreneurs and investors. I continue to share stories of my exciting journey so far. Apologies for the poor sound and visual quality, the filming was done on a mobile phone, bootstrapping at it’s finest 🙂

 

Simon Tefula’s Startup Journey Episode 4 – More Networking

“If you’re the smartest person in the room then you’re in the wrong room.” Iron sharpens iron so it’s all about surrounding yourself with individuals that are on the same mission and will help you achieve your goals. In this episode I hang with some of my talented entrepreneur friends David Gogo (A rising Start in the Architectural World(& Aliya Dirie from my support network – The Iron Circle

 

Simon Tefula’s Startup Journey Episode #1 The Story Behind TRENDiPEOPLE

Episode #1

So this is Episode #1 of my vlog documenting the highs and lows of my Tech Startup Business Journey. I’m a very private individual so I’m naturally quite nervous about putting myself out here on blast like this. It’s completely out of my comfort zone however as Thomas Jefferson once said, “…if you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Life as they say begins outside your comfort zone, and I’ve just taken the plunge. Apologies in advance I didn’t realise I talk too much… I go on quite a bit but as I promised no filters. Thanks for supporting yours truly

 

 

Simon Tefula’s Startup Journey Vlog

Here’s the intro/trailer, all episodes to date are shot and edited on my iphone 6s I’m bootstrapping all the way baby. “It’s not a lack of resources, it’s a lack of resourcefulness that prevents us from fulfilling our full potential and dreams…” – Tony Robbins

 

After thinking about it for a very long time, I’ve decided to do it. I’m documenting the highs and lows of my Tech Startup Business Journey in a vlog that I will share on all my social media channels at least on a weekly basis specifically on my Facebook & Youtube Channels. I’m a very private individual so I’m naturally quite nervous about putting myself out here on blast like this. It’s completely out of my comfort zone however as Thomas Jefferson once said, “…if you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Life as they say begins outside your comfort zone, and I’ve just taken the plunge. Apologies in advance I didn’t realise I talk too much… I go on quite a bit but as I promised no filters. Please follow & support the journey by subscribing to my social channels. Thanks for supporting yours truly.