Emmanuel Isika – Co-Founder of HelpAI Interview

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Emmanuel Isika – Co-Founder of HelpAI Interview

"The fundraising you see on media outlets takes time. It takes 2 months - 6 months and above to raise funding." - Emmanuel Isika (Co-Founder of HelpAI)

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What is your full name?

Emmanuel Isika

What is your age range?


Where were you born and raised?

Lagos, Nigeria

What countries/states did you school in?


Did you go to university? If so, where did you go and what did you study?

Yes, I went to the university
Federal University of Technology, Akure
Computer science

In what countries are you based?


What do you do to earn a living and when did you start?

Growth manager.
I am the cofounder of HelpAI which is using AI to help founders find cofounders and help professionals connect likewise.

What did you use to do before you did this?

I’ve been helping companies grow from 0 – 1 using various growth marketing techniques.

What inspired you to start your business?

After an extensive 5-month search for a co-founder myself, despite having an extensive network of talented technical friends working with top brands, I realized the challenges many entrepreneurs face in finding the right co-founder. That’s why I founded HelpAI, alongside my incredible partner Iluyemi, who brings a wealth of technical expertise as our able technical co-founder, leading the development of HelpAI alongside our dedicated tech team.

At HelpAI, we firmly believe that building a remarkable product from day one can only be achieved by co-creating it with our customers. That’s why we would like to invite you to a one-on-one call, where we can better understand your aspirations, challenges, and specific requirements. With our knowledge and expertise in the field, we are committed to providing tailored solutions that meet your unique needs.

Our platform utilizes cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms to match co-founders based on complementary skills, shared values, and compatible working styles. By embracing innovation and leveraging our advanced technology, we ensure that you are connected with the ideal co-founder who can propel your entrepreneurial journey forward.

Why should anyone use your service/product?

We understand the value of your time, so our communication will be clear, concise, and action-oriented. Our goal is to streamline the process, providing you with a seamless experience as you embark on this exciting co-founder search. With HelpAI, you can expect a user-friendly interface, prompt responses, and a dedicated support team to assist you at every step.

To get started, simply choose a convenient time for a 1-on-1 call using our scheduling tool at https://meet.brevo.com/helpai/intro. This will allow us to delve deeper into your requirements and discuss how HelpAI can best serve you in your co-founder search.

We are thrilled about the possibility of helping you find the perfect co-founder who will complement your skills, share your vision, and accelerate the growth of your venture.

Tell us about your team.

Our team is made up of 70% engineering, 15% product and 15% growth.

What is something you wish you knew before starting your business?

Find a good founding team that can develop the product without the need to outsource the code or hire others to build it.
Sell your product before writing a single line of code.
Code your product before speaking to a single investor
Do not be available to raise the price for your product consistently

Would you advise other people to start businesses or invest in Africa? Please also share the drawbacks.

Yes, no one is too old or young to start a business.

Start that business but only quit your current job what the business is paying your current salary range.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other Africans looking to start up?

The fundraising you see on media outlets takes time. It takes 2 months – 6 months and above to raise funding.

So, do not be swayed away by it.

Also, find mentors who are successful in the space you want to start in.

Join communities of founders within your startup stage.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to other Africans in the diaspora?

Build for Africans and build for the global market
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