Go nakd, Go Brave!

Founder of Go nakd, Leigh Lopez. The business's online brochure is also featured.

Founder of Go nakd, Leigh Lopez. The business’s online brochure is also featured.

A colleague of mine, from Connectimass  recently posted an article on entrepreneurship which gives a completely different viewpoint on the field. It says that entrepreneurship is actually on the decrease and that the media paints it as a drama.

It concludes that as the sector is portrayed as a drama, and as the public wishes to learn of entrepreneurial woes and success, the more it wants, citing the popular Shark Tank series as an example.

Tech4agri disagrees! Great idea generators and developers are out there on their way to success and from our experience it is growing. This week, we feature female entrepreneur based right here in Trinidad and Tobago, Leigh Lopez.

Leigh is the founder and chief kitchen goddess of Go nākd found onfacebook, twitter (@NakdTride) and instragram (@nakdtribe). The name of her business is wild and it did its job in making us interested in learning more. Already there is a lesson for those of you out there with your own start-up. She give us an interview:

I’m a Cosmetic Scientist by profession, Certified Raw Food Formulator and Holistic Life Coach that’s currently leading the startup of Ohana Publishing House. I credit my holistic lifestyle, for being able to effectively manage my personal life passions, family life, kids and several businesses.  — Leigh Lopez

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The Thought for Food Summit – Truly Motivating!

TFFChallengeWow! This is all I had to say about the Thought for Food Global Summit! Truly a different experience. Each aspect of the competition leading up to the Summit, held, 20- 22 September in Berlin, was geared towards young people. 97% of the attendees were all under 35 years. Emphasis was placed on idea sharing, thinking outside of the box, starting a movement, networking  and much more all geared the need towards uprooting the status quo (#uprootthestatusquo) as it relates to hunger, obesity, global food systems and food security. Attendees were able to meet with and learn immensely from experts and real world practitioners in agriculture, innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital, public policy, and food science of the future.

(Click the picture link to the left for the #TFFChallenge Overview)

“Thought For Food inspires new ideas and bold approaches to tackle the world’s food issues. This is a wake up call. The world’s food system needs changing, and business as usual won’t cut it. We need new thinking, inspired solutions and urgent action to make a difference. That’s why we have created Thought for Food.”

In just two days, myself and other team members have learned so much. Our minds have literally been opened in terms of thinking not only about food issues but our personal approach to the situation. Not to mention the sheer number of  dedicated, young people, entrepreneurs, researchers and travelers from all around the world looking to make a difference in one way or other.

Photos by Tobias Jaeger - Thought for Food Challenge Organizing Team and Luke Smith of Lukesmithtv

Photos by Tobias Jaeger – Thought for Food Challenge Organizing Team and Luke Smith of Lukesmithtv

Biko Adams (right) and fellow African Entrepreneur

Biko Adams (right) and fellow African Entrepreneur

In an effort to constantly identify the keys to success tech4agri shares the motivating life experience of Mr. Benjamen Adams. Tech4agri caught up with Mr. Adams at 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship held last June in East London South Africa.

Although Mr Adams is an Information technology Professional, he is an entrepreneur making him a suitable benchmark for identifying key strategies that many young entrepreneurs, including those involved in agriculture may be able to learn from.

Benjamen “Biko” Adams is a  young businessman, employed as a Corporate Solutions Executive at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd. Biko is Namibian of the African continent. Coming from a family of 7, Biko had to make extra strides to support them, which meant he had to leave his university studies behind at age 22.

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The 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship which is hosted by the South African government (Department of Science and Technology) was  held in East London, South Africa, from 28 – 30 May, 2013.The Global Forum attracts around 500 – 600 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum contributes to the “know-how” and the “know-who” in the global innovation and entrepreneurship community. Participants come to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities.”

Global Forum

Snippets of the 5th Global Forum for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship, East London South Africa

Fortunately thanks to the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation’s ARDYIS project (Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society), tech4agri was able to attend this event along with representative of Agricinghana (The agricinghana blog seeks to highlight issues on agricultural development in Ghana and in the sub-region) were able to attend this event learning a lot in the realm of entrepreneurship and on how to ensure a business’s success. Here’s the gist of what we learned!

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