We love catching up with our alumni to see how they’re getting on after #VentureUp life is over. Over the past year, we’ve caught up with the awesome Emily Blythe (2015), Tim Foley (2017) and Araina Pereira (2017) and they had some great tips for the next New Zealand’s next young entrepreneurs coming through Venture Up.
So now – just for you – here are their top tips for making the most out of the programme.
What were the top things you took away from the Venture Up programme? Any tips for those embarking on the journey of creating a new business?
I’ve come to realise that I operate best when I align myself with my own values and beliefs rather than aiming for this “perfect” image. I’ve given myself permission to make mistakes and the courage to own up to them, and as a result, I feel more comfortable in the decisions I make and the relationships I build.
As for tips:
- You’re going to keep hitting brick walls, this is a part of growth, keep putting one foot in front of another.
- Be authentic, be yourself. You are unique, so listen to your gut and do what you believe is right.
- Treat advice like data. Use it to support your decisions but remember it is not the be all end all.
I learned a lot about working as part of a team and persevering through cold calls to get valuable information and customer validation. I also developed a lot of relationships with some really awesome and inspiring people, like alumni and bitcoin savant Thomas Goodin.
As for tips:
- Validate your problem early
- Don’t get distracted by solutions that don’t yet have problems
- Assemble a varied team with skills that complement each other
- A lot that can be achieved in 24 hrs when you know how to use your time wisely
- To be successful, keep growing. Personally, I feel I grow most when I put myself in positions that require me to be teachable and stretch me – somewhere that makes me a bit uncomfortable and challenges what I know.
- When networking, it’s important to look at how you add value as well as the value that you are looking to gain.
Personally, I feel I grow most when I put myself in positions that require me to be teachable and stretch me – somewhere that makes me a bit uncomfortable and challenges what I know. I also learned to look at how I can add value in exchange for the value I’m looking to gain – something that’s really key when building networks.
As for tips:
- A lot that can be achieved in 24 hrs when you know how to use your time wisely.
It helps to know your ‘optimum functioning time’ – mine happens to be early morning so I prioritise the tasks I really don’t want to do / the ones that I find challenging first thing in the morning… Get that over and done with, and then you’re away!!!
- Quit the comparison, stay in your lane and work out how you’re going to be the best, don’t try to be someone else’s best.
- Always keep learning. Challenge what you think. Have people around you who will challenge your views.