Consultant, Business Development & Entrepreneur
Partner at JConsulting
Tell us a bit about you.
I have been living in Montreal, Québec since 2009. I’m from Cameroun where I spent 19 years of my life. I had the opportunity to travel for my studies and I chose Canada. Why? Because it was far from what I knew, and this idea of having new challenges enticed me. I started a program in Economics before I changed to a program in Business Administration. The story could have ended there, but something amazing happened in 2011. I started my first company rentable.net a peer to peer platform dedicated to renting everything (houses, clothes, books, cars, audio material…). I fell in love with the entrepreneurial life so in 2013, I decided to create a counseling firm to help entrepreneurs start their businesses and increase their market share. Hence, JConsulting was born! This year also has its challenges; I launched a cartoon which presents entrepreneurial methods to solve problems and create value. I’m excited to see how it will go.
Tell us about JConsulting BDF. What is the business model/value added, who are your target customers?
JConsulting is a joint-venture of Serial entrepreneurs, specialists in Strategy, Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, Statistics and Economics. Our aim is to build business development strategies for our clients. It means help entrepreneurs to develop ideas, write a business plan, find funds to start, launch products etc. But also help companies develop their sales, market share and customer satisfaction. Of course, because our roots are in Africa, we want entrepreneurs and companies to take a particular interest in creating partnerships with African entrepreneurs in order to create businesses connected with the continent. Remember, our entrepreneurial side always searches for real innovative solutions that we can luckily have the opportunity to experiment in both North America and Africa!
What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an entrepreneur and how to you overcome them?
When you are young and inexperienced as an entrepreneur, you face failures, self-doubt and very often, a lack of self-confidence. It’s alright to fail! The most important thing is what you’ve learned from that failure, in order to be able to succeed in the future. I try to surround myself with family and friends that will encourage and cheer me up.
What is one of your biggest accomplishments so far?
I could say the two companies I started (rentable.net and JConsulting), but I prefer my latest creation, which is my animated comic book, dedicated to the use of entrepreneurial methods to solve problems and create values. My convictions are deeply rooted in the belief that the entrepreneurial lifestyle and methods can be beneficial to people and society as a whole. I now feel it is my social responsibility to share what I have learned through my business ventures and inspire people to take action. Be bold and create something!.
What is your definition of leadership?
Make people realize amazing things by unleashing their true potential. Inspiring people’s hearts and pushing them to outdo themselves in every realm possible.
Why is networking important to you?
We have an African proverb that says: If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go with someone. I think in the same way, it’s only by sharing ideas that we can achieve true success. The key is to reinforce each other. To do so we have to get out of our own caves to share our pool of knowledge with other.