Want to start a business? Focus on what you know says Anzisha Prize winner

Featured image: Infiuss CEO and founder Melissa Bime (Supplied)
Featured image: Infiuss CEO and founder Melissa Bime (Supplied)

Has the entrepreneurial bug bit? Looking to start a business? Melissa Bime, the 22-year-old Cameroonian health entrepreneur who won last year’s edition of the Anzisha Prize says young entrepreneurs should focus on an area they’re knowledgeable in if they’re to succeed in business.

In 2016, just two years after graduating from nursing school Bime founded Infiuss, a platform that helps deliver blood to hospitals.

Bime says her time as a nurse inspired her to found the business after losing a five-year-old patient who was unable to get a blood transfusion.

Today her firm helps supply blood to over 20 hospitals in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé and employs 13 people.

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The Anzisha Prize seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa, and is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation. Through Ventureburn, they hope to share inspirational and relatable stories of very young (15 to 22 year old) African entrepreneurs and the people that support them. [learn more]

Read more: Losing a patient led Cameroonian nurse to found award-winning startup Infiuss

Featured image: Infiuss CEO and founder Melissa Bime (Supplied)

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