May 19, 2020

The Senegal Start-Up Accelerator selects five innovators to receive business incubation

Senegal
Startup
accelerator
professo
2 min
The Senegal Start-Up Accelerator selects five innovators to receive business incubation

The Senegal Start-Up Accelerator has revealed it has chosen five Senegalese entrepreneurs to join its programme.

The programme will offer the young entrepreneurs six months of business incubation, along with seed funding.

The Kosmos Innovation Centre and Reach for Change run the Senegal Start-Up Accelerator, and have been finding the individuals to join the programme for the past two months, specifically targeting the fishing and agriculture sectors.

“Through this accelerator program, we’re delighted to do our part to ensure young, promising entrepreneurs have the skills and support needed to help turn their innovative business ideas into reality,” stated Mamadou Mar Faye, External Affairs and CSR Manager at Kosmos Energy.

“Each winner will be guided through the process of developing a product that is ready for market and meets a real market need, contributing to the creation of a healthy and competitive agricultural sector in Senegal.”

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“Look out for five exciting new products coming to the market in just six months’ time!”

Prior to business growth navigation, the entrepreneurs completed a screening process, which included background checks, interviews, an assessment panel, and a bootcamp.

The five winners are Mouhamadou Lamine Kebe of Tool Bi, Mame Diarra Sarr of Fraisen/Waalu Ma Aagri, Abdourahmane Diop of Jappandil, Aliou Diallo of Sigle:Senphytomed Suarl, and Arfang Mafoudji Sonko of GIE Senbioagro Corporation.

Tool Bi focuses on improving agricultural yields with electronic innovation, Sarr of Fraisen/Waalu Ma Aagri has developed organic strawberry production, and Jappandil aims to connect farmers and experts using an innovative platform.

Sigle:Senphytomed Suarl targets access to herbal products and the conservation of medicinal plants whilst Senbioagro Corporation aims to reduce food waste and create employment, as well as transform excess yields into market-ready products.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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