Chris Kwekowe Rejected Bill Gates' Proposal To Begin Slatecube And Its Changing Lives


At the point when 23-year-old Nigerian college alumni Chris Kwekowe met Bill Gates, he didn't press the organizer of Microsoft Inc. for business guidance or a conceivable activity offer. The gathering occurred at a discussion for Africa's brightest youthful business people. Chris could gladly disclose to Gates that he had as of now divert down an occupation offer from Microsoft to be a product build. When he disclosed to Gates his story, Chris said "[Gates] was truly charmed, and he grinned." Once the social event was finished, Chris says "… every one of the executives resembled, 'Fella, you mean you really turned down an occupation at Microsoft and had the guts to reveal to Bill Gates?" 


The youthful business visionary was to a great degree certain about his capacities and had an extraordinary motivation to decay the activity offer. Chris was making his own particular new business, Slatecube, which helps other youthful Nigerians who graduated school discover employments. A review of 90,000 youthful Nigerians which was done in January 2016, found that 45% of school graduates didn't have employments. The key reason such an extensive number of youngsters in Nigeria were jobless was on account of managers rejected graduates who needed proficient abilities, for example, basic reasoning, enterprise, and basic leadership. Slatecube tries to tackle that issue by supporting the graduates through advanced temporary positions. 


Chris Kwekowe moved on from school in Lagos, Nigeria with a degree in software engineering. Alongside his sibling Emerald, 20, they began Slatecube in October 2014. The siblings financed their juvenile organization by outsourcing as website specialists and working a product arrangements firm. 

The Kwekowes' organization works on a three-layered framework. In the initial segment of the procedure, clients finish a course (most are free) in their picked field. A portion of the accessible courses extend from corporate back to outrage administration. Once the course is finished, Slatecube allots the understudies virtual temporary positions. This enables them to work remotely for organizations, for example, IT mammoth, Cisco and bookkeeping firm Give Thornton. In the event that the understudy has a fruitful virtual entry level position, the organization they worked for is allowed to contract the Slatecube graduates. 


Up until this point, Slatecube has a 80% business rate for its clients. Organizations that have utilized the stage, have spared over $100,000 in 2015 by contracting gifted, prepared to work representatives. The assistants that have utilized Slatecube up until this point, say it gives planned bosses a more sensible comprehension of the Nigerian work constrain. Uchechi Udemgba, 22, a last year software engineering understudy who as of late finished a virtual temporary position stated, "There are a million and one occupations in Nigeria, yet managers are searching for individuals with encounter. We don't have the opportunity to get involvement. So I think the thought behind Slatecube is extraordinary." 

Chris as of late won the 2015 Anzisha Prize, a Container African honor given to the mainland's best youthful business person. The prize accompanied a $25,000 check. He is presently spending just about four-months every year looking for speculators and potential managers to utilize Slatecube in America. He is currently in converses with Google and Microsoft concerning utilizing his stage. The organization is hoping to open workplaces in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa in 2017. Chris says he's in chats with a noteworthy Nigerian funding firm about the likelihood of "a critical speculation." 

At the point when asked where his constant soul to contend in the business world originates from, Chris stated, "On the off chance that you can work together in Lagos, you can work together anyplace on the planet. The battle is genuine here."
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