So the first Q+A For #StartUpKid is Andy Davis who is co-founder of Applyed! Now I have a lot of respect and admiration for Andy. When I was in Wayra, trying to do my startup thing. Andy was one of the other “young” people there. He was interning in Wayra helping the startups with all sorts. I remember in the first week sitting with him and just learning so much about shares and vesting options etc, all this stuff I was a complete novice about. Andy is a great person to bounce ideas off, he listened to my dramas; startup or otherwise and was there to hi5 when something awesome happened but also put up with my tears that came with the startup too.
Elevator Pitch: Digital Admissions and Data Analytics for Schools.
How much have you raised?
What are your plans for the next 3 months?
Close deals in pipeline and raise a seed round (£250k+)
What are your plans for it for the next 5 years?
Have majority market share of online admissions.
Before Applyed what other projects/businesses were you involved in if any?
Started an online football competition in 2010 – because I’m passionate about football and had industry connections. From 2008-2013 I co-ran a social enterprise part-time that consists of sporting activities for young people in my borough and neighbouring boroughs to reduce obesity and increase engagement in sport. In 2013 I ran Business Development for a mobile app called CamNote that digitised handwriting. Then I joined Wayra UK & UnLtd, from whom Applyed eventually received an investment, as I had originally planned.
What do you wish you had known before you started?
What to do! On a serious note – HOW important it is to ALWAYS be speaking to your customers/users for both product development and progress. Also, only engaging in things that will progress your startup.
What has been your biggest highlight?
Meeting great people and being challenged every day
What is your biggest challenge?
Operating in a technically archaic industry.
Who inspires you the most?
Goku (from Dragonball Z) because he is a humble, friendly, ambitious character who always fights to help the world and puts himself second. One that never gives up and does whatever it takes to win. Most importantly, Goku is always smiling and has an incredible sense of humour and off course other startup founders in London also inspire me!
What tools and resources would you recommend?
I’d recommend reading The Accidental Billionaires, Zero to One and Venture Deals. I’d recommend learning to code and starting with Front End Web Development on Codecademy.com (which is free) or TeamTreehouse.com (£30 pm – well worth it).
As you are from Barking: What do you think is the hardest challenge in raising aspirations?
Having people understand that with discipline and sacrifice, success isn’t too far away.
If you could leave one legacy to the world. What would it be and why?
I don’t do the things I do for myself. I’m from Sierra Leone, a 3rd world country with dangerously poor health and education infrastructures that was hit by a civil war 24 years ago. I’m also from Cyprus, a country in economic turmoil. I live to improve the lives of the people in these countries and eradicate unnecessary everyday killers such as hunger, malnutrition, AIDs and others.
What does a #startupkid mean to you?
Someone that starts something up they are passionate about, no matter the size, that they can wake up everyday to and be happy they’re doing it.
What one piece of advice would you give to #startupkids?
It’s ok to be patient and learn from others. I did so when I joined Wayra, and I’m still doing so today. Everyone is this ecosystem is happy to help 🙂
Anything else you would like to add?—
No matter where you’re from and what you have, there’s isn’t a thing you can’t achieve