This entry is part 14 of 19 in the series Running a StartUp in a Crisis Economy

New Generation Technologies (NGT) is a startup based in Buea, the heart of the socio-political crisis in the Southwest region. Ever since its creation in 2014, Olouge Eya Ekolle and Mpara Faith are using their Scholar and Educational technology to solve the challenges of the paper-based management systems in some schools.

“We offer software implementation services on Scholar; our flagship school management system. Some institutions are already using our Scholar package. This includes schools like Bilingual Grammar School Molyko and Diligent Bilingual School Bafoussam,” Mpara Faith explained.

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Scholar ar DBS Bafoussam – Presentation

For some time now, working with these educational institutions during the crisis has been quite challenging for this young startup due to the instability in town.

“The frequent disruption of activities has made operations very slow and incapable of sustaining initial goals and plans. Also, staff who do not feel safe in these regions have had to relocate permanently. This has led to even more delays in the realization of projects and the halt of others”.

Using remote work as a work collaboration tool

It’s in this disturbing atmosphere that Mpara Faith and her team came up with the new initiative of remote work. This, she believes, is an effective way to keep her team engaged in the realization of their projects wherever they may be.

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Mpara Faith Muwar: Sales Representative, NGT

“Due to the crisis, we are trying to evaluate operations and find innovative and sustainable ways of realizing work, goals, and objectives. For example, engaging multiple people on a full-time basis to work remotely was not necessarily a priority before the crisis. However, it has become a necessity for the success of some projects”.

So far, remote work is an effective tool for New Generation Technologies. Through this strategy, they are able to collaborate remotely and realize work outside the office space during the ongoing crisis.

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ICT Training at Covenant Primary School Bolifamba
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ICT4KIDS participants-pitch day

This young entrepreneur believes that there isn’t any silver bullet for slippery situations like the one we find ourselves in. New issues arise with new faces and require new approaches on a daily basis. Accepting the situation and seeking a feasible and profitable workaround for it is the only way out.

“I think the crisis is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to remain open to community problems that may need new solutions or improved solutions from them. I equally think building on the strengths of their teams and collaborating with other businesses on projects may be helpful for entrepreneurs right now”.

Several regions in the world are affected during the crisis period. Consequently, priorities tend to change once a crisis hit. Checking what solutions are working in these regions may not be a bad idea. In this case, Mpara Faith and her team believe team collaboration and remote work is playing the magic.

 

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