Episode 4 – Real Talk With Slatecube’s CEO, Chris Kwekowe

In Episode 4, we chat with Chris Kwekowe, CEO of Slatecube, a Digital Talent Accelerator designed to identify, develop and integrate top entry-level talents into the workforce. Slatecube seeks to solve the problem of graduate unemployment in Africa by giving graduates across tertiary institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa relevant skills needed for today’s jobs and making it easy for businesses to find these trained professionals.  Chris shares with us his journey, challenges and strides they have made along the way.

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About Today’s Guest

Chris Kwekowe is a young MIT-trained innovative Ed-Tech entrepreneur from Nigeria and a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. He’s passionate about technology and the average African youth. His company, Slatecube aims at developing the continent’s young talents into world class professionals while providing smart AI-based tools to help businesses integrate top entry-level talents into their workforce.

What We Discuss In This Episode

  • [1:35] Chris talks about his experience being a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree along with his brother and what that means for him, his company.
  • [3:50]  Chris talks about how much work needs to be done regardless of some successes they have chalked regards to developing and nurturing talent.
  • [4:50]  Chris talks about his journey with Slatecube, from their early beginnings as just an idea in 2014 to being a full-fledged company in 2018.
  • [7:00] Chris talks about the two main parts of the Slatecube Platform; Slatecube learning and Slatecube workforce.
  • [9:00] Chris talks about their Injiini incubation program in Cape Town, South Africa and how the incubator is benefiting their business.
  • [12:30] Chris talks about awards in general and how to not get carried away by awards and lose sight of your core business.
  • [15:45] Chris talks about the next steps for Slatecube and the journey ahead.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s important to constantly discover how to grow your business, understand who your customers are and how to offer the best value with time.
  • While awards could be a validation of the work you are doing and proof that you are on the right track, it is important to not lose focus of your core business but rather, understand that there is a lot of work to do.

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