March 10, 2017, by Elizabeth Smith
Ingenuity17 Meet the Mentors: Joel Matsiko
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before” – J. Loren Norris
During Ingenuity17, a range of experienced business men and women have mentored entrants, and helped them on their journey to #IgniteTheMind.
The Ingenuity17 Conference was the first opportunity mentors, speakers and entrants had the opportunity to meet, network and collaborate. As the competition develops, and entrants get closer to the £110,000+ prize fund, we will be showcasing some of the successful entrepreneurs supporting and paving the way for the next generation…
This week it’s the turn of Joel Matsiko, who also mentored at last year’s Ingenuity16 Competition!
Business Development Manager and Immigration Adviser
What is your educational background?
I have an LL.B law degree, and completed a Legal Practice Course. I’m currently training for Office of Immigration Services Commissioner accreditation.
How did you originally get involved with The Ingenuity Lab?
Various networking events in Nottingham introduced me to The Ingenuity Lab team, and our relationship has developed from there.
How did you find the Ingenuity17 Conference?
Ingenuity17 brought together a diverse range of business ideas and students from different parts of the world, experiences and knowledge to work collaboratively to push their business ideas forward. It served as a timely reminder that Universities are in a unique position to provide us the opportunity to connect with the world at our doorstep.
At the Conference the Ingenuity17 PeerPitch competition served as a fun, interactive way for students (and mentors) to develop their skill sets. It was a privilege to mentor the students and alumni, see them develop, support each other and refine their business ideas.
Moving forward, this year’s competition is set to continue to inspire. Although only a few will be chosen as prize winners, everyone will be a winner for making this important investment into their future, making valuable connections along the way.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone interested in setting up their own business?
Where do I start?!
First, set up a business you are passionate about. A passion that you already have a vision for and makes you excited about waking up early in the morning and stay up late at night to refine.
Relationships are key. Work to maintain them and always communicate with customers. Even if some conversations are difficult, customers will appreciate that you took time to contact them.
And finally, look after your physical and mental health. Plan for the unexpected, and have regular check ups with your local GP, dentist and other health advisors!
What work are you currently involved in?
I am currently coordinating the expansion of an existing Immigration legal services firm. Mainly systems, people, marketing and processes whilst retraining in Immigration Law.
If you started your business today, what would you do differently?
Don’t listen to nay-sayers. Take constructive feedback, but don’t let it divert you away from your vision. You are in charge and are the find who has the power to find solutions to all potential issues.
Character references and testimonials are also key. Always collect them whenever someone has praised you for your efforts, and add them to your social media and website.