The third meeting of the Entrepreneur Café in Nairobi brought people from the most different fields.
We had someone running a cleaning business, a cheese producer, a graphic designer, an entertainer and DJ and an investor. Others, whom I like to call “regulars”, had attended an earlier meeting and came back.
Challenges we have in common
Among the common struggles we discussed are a low awareness and therefore a low market for things like organically produced food. Entrepreneurs also struggle with the local bureaucracy, which caused loans to be cancelled for one attendee, and very limited access to funds.
Another problem is come out even. After getting a contract, for example for designing and printing T-shirts, and investing money, time and brain juice in it, the incoming money will just cover the expenses.
Learning from each other
However, we are now taking initiative and opening Entrepreneur Café up to learn from each other. The next topics will be online marketing and web design (on March 12), and on March 26 we will get to know someone’s successful and approved business plan and hear the story on how he came up with it.
Why Entrepreneur Café is unique
There is a lot of general entrepreneurship talk and networking going on in town, especially on Thursdays, funny enough. However, Entrepreneur Café remains free and open to anyone. We have no prestigious experts, gate keepers or influencers among us. And we don’t wear ties for the occasion. Nor high heels.
Mostly we are having fun for one hour, and encourage and learn from each other. That is what Entrepreneur Café is all about.