I still remember when I first applied for TEF Grant way back in 2017. I had just begun my entrepreneural journey and I had high expectations. I was filled with enthusiasm cos I felt all I needed was a great idea and everything else would fall into place. How wrong I was. Slowly my bubble got burst. Disappointments after rejections followed. My idea was great to me but seemingly not to others. applied to TEF 2017 didn’t get in. Applied again 2018 didn’t get in either. By then I had almost given up. Well 2019 I picked myself up, and launched out again. In all, I have learnt a few valuable lessons about entrepreneurship chief of which is never give up on your dream. Rejections are normal for every entrepreneur especially when you are starting out with limited capital, no team etc. But the truth is, it only gets better after a while as long as you stay your course. You might suffer at the beginning trying to get your startup off the ground, but think about this, you will suffer alone for just a little while and then it will get better. But if you give up on your dream simply cos of rejection, you won’t just suffer alone, every other person who would have benefited from your dream would also suffer as well.
Don’t give up on your dream. IT WILL ONLY GET BETTER!!!
One thing that has helped me all this while is mentorship. it can help you too. Find a mentor who has succeeded in what you want to do and learn from the person. Join a community of entrepreneurs. Draw motivation from other entrepreneurs. Success is not a journey travelled on a bicycle, it is a journey best travelled on a train filled with likeminded individuals. Together we can all win
TEF2020 here we come. It is either we win or we find other ways to win