Am I Doing Something?

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11 Feb 2012

It’s February 11th, National Youth Day in Cameroon and a future generation of leaders are parading the streets in representation of their presence and aspirations. A great leader once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. John F. Kennedy’s statement inspired us to join Harambe Cameroon on the Am I Doing Something? campaign where we interviewed 30 youths below 35 around the country to talk about their entrepreneurial efforts despite the hardships faced in this Third World economy.

Having asked the question “Are you doing something?” to so many Cameroonians, it’s only fair we ask ourselves the same.

What Are We Doing?
We’re organizing #subCMR, a monthly intensive weekend-long workshop with the purpose of building seed-stage solutions for Cameroonian startups. Our inaugural #subCMR event will be hosted from February 18th-19th at AppsTech Douala. We’ll be working on one of ActivSpaces’ most recent ventures —

TopUpDesk is a remote airtime refill utility that allows subscribed members to top up their mobile communication airtime from virtually anywhere and at anytime. The founders hope to serve a growing clientele of tech-savvy professionals and build an association of operators who do not have to spend their entire day seated behind a “call box” waiting for clients. The details are intriguing so keep your specs on for ActivSpaces’ new Ventures directory that we’re publishing next week for all updates.

#subCMR is powered by doers in the local business community and this consists of resourceful youths who are volunteering to innovate and make a difference in the everyday lives of Cameroonians.


And you, what are you doing?
You’re going to stop thinking about limitations and get creative. You’re going to explore ways in which you can contribute to efforts like #subCMR and help bring in game-changing initiatives to Cameroon and Africa at large. At ActivSpaces we’ve realized that strength lies in unity and with #subCMR we’ll be demonstrating the potential impact of a group of determined individuals.

We’re eager to see startup boosters spring up in other cities and in other African states. The model is simple: capture an idea, summon a group of volunteers, and construct. Rendezvous next weekend at AppsTech — we can’t wait to see you there!

Al Banda

Posted by Al Banda

Al is a business strategist and community manager for ActivSpaces. A third culture kid, he lives to bridge gaps between technology, infrastructure and culture. Follow him on Twitter @TribeOfLions

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This blog is a resource for news, project updates, member profiles and community events at ActivSpaces, an open collaboration space, innovation hub and startup incubator for African techies. Based in Buea, Cameroon.