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Again, another interesting meeting were more entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, students and professionals came to discover the concept, and meet the pitchers.
Before the start of the Meeting , Sara OUELD EL HACHEMI, Co Founder of the Entrepreneur Café and Casablanca City Mayor had a brief one to one discussion with the participants to find out who among the attendees were entrepreneurs and would like to talk about their businesses at RADIO PLUS.
Then, M. Oussama AKRAOUI – Chief Editor of RADIO PLUS, a local radio station was interviewing entrepreneurs and students to get their impressions about the Entrepreneur Café, and also ask them about their businesses and brief experiences.
The Radio will broadcast the interviews on April 15th at 8pm (GMT+1) @Radio Plus. As a special guest, we received M. Rachid JANKARI- Journalist and Ipemed expert we spoke about the Information Technologies in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. He was pleased to share the result of the research he has made while writing his book about entitled “Les technologies de l’information au Maroc, en Algérie et en Tunisie -Vers une filière euromaghrébine des TIC ? »
He encourages entrepreneurs to not only limit their marketing strategies and sales at the local territory but also look to extend it to the international level, as he emphasised that the real opportunity is there.
According to him, there are 6 main axes that should be developed to favorise the emergence in the IT field: funding, innovation, mobility, the development of mutual digital infrastructure, support for the Euro-Maghreb and international export and development in private and public ICT network.
You can download the book at :
Contact: Rachid Jankari Twitter @jankari
Our second guest was M. Choaib Mouannissi, General Director of ZEVA, and Financial Director of ASTEC who spoke about the problems that face entrepreneurs at the start of their projects.
He emphasised on the fact that creating a company might be a good choice, but the entrepreneur should be aware of the difficulties he might have to face during the first months; especially for someone who used to work and get a monthly salary.
Entrepreneurship does not guaranty revenues from the first months. Being optimistic and patient is the key to succeed.
Also, some participants talked about the fact that payments delays can also be considered as Becoming an entrepreneur means you have to leave behind the security of having a paycheck each month.
On the other hand, being an entrepreneur has advantages. Often people do not feel fully compensated for the work they do. Becoming an entrepreneur means you can reap the benefits of all your hard work.
Although entrepreneurs benefit from a flexible schedule they often have to work very long hours particularly in the start-up phase. Furthermore entrepreneurs’ work schedules are never predictable and they must deal with emergencies that may occur at any time.
In the contrary, having control over your work schedule means that you can choose when to take time off and work the schedule that suits you best.
Talking about responsibility, the entrepreneur is responsible for all decisions can be quite stressful and handling and such responsibility can be difficult.
In the opposite, entrepreneurs are able to make all of the decisions relating to their company themselves; they have complete control. This allows for a huge degree of independence and a chance to shape one’s own career.
There is also great risk attached to entrepreneurship. The success or failure of the business rests with the entrepreneur
However, becoming an entrepreneur is a very exciting time, from the idea and start-up to the development and realisation of the product or service..
Entrepreneurship can offer levels of fulfilment and achievement that are hard matched by any other type of employment. A great idea teamed with passion and commitment will certainly help a new entrepreneur overcome many of the challenges posed by starting their own business.
Last but not least, M. Majid Yaaza (Technopark) and M. Younes Diouri announced that on April 23rd will be held the Nov’AFRIQUE forum, where investors, politicians, bankers, CEO of companies and groups coming from Africa will meet entrepreneurs.
The aim of the forum is to offer a platform to discuss and debate key challenges and opportunities within the hospitality industry, real estate, pharmaceutical, oil, mining and agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure.., and also develop new partnerships and strategic alliances between different stakeholders and promote new formulas in the field of funding and investing on new projects .The program is available HERE.
The 9th Meeting of the Entrepreneur Café is exceptionally going to take place at TECHNOPARK-Casablanca on April 23rd at 6.30 PM. See you there !
Contact us for more information:
Sara OUELD EL HACHEMI Sara at the rate casaeducation dot com +212 666 13 17 38