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Business Angel

Following the:

The Board of Investment (BOI) is pleased to invite you to the 2nd edition of the Mauritius Technopreneur initiative to discuss projects that could be developed by the Mauritian Technopreneur community on the Google platform, amongst others.

we were at the BOI conference hall at around 17:00.

It was very exciting to meet the ‘Mauritian Technopreneurs’ again, after the Google Mauritius 2009 event. To refresh our memory, the Google initiatives in Mauritius was launched on 5 Nov 2008 by the Hon. Rama Sithanen.

At around 17:10, Mr. Mahen Govinda – Director International Business Services at the BOI welcomed us, we the Mauritian Technopreneurs. Mahen’s style of presentation was great and showed an example of being experienced in making presentations. With an Anglo-Mauritian English accent, he knew his audience well.

Well, as a brief summary, what I have understood is that:

1) A list of pre-selected projects have been presented to us

2) We were introduced to the term ‘Business Angel’ . Also an interesting definition of the term ‘technopreneur’ was given

3) The required profile of a technopreneur: Young at mind, Web programming skills, passion for technology etc.

4) The roadmap to the commercialization of the projects

5) We are the players trying to forge efficient techniques and in the lounge there are giants like Microsoft and Google watching us.

My personal opinion on this initiative launched by the BOI is that: “creating something out of nothing” is not as easy as pressing on a button. I had raised the issue concerning the development of mobile applications running on iPhone which requires resources like: Macbook, Developers trained on the environment, overheads etc. I am not totally convinced yet of the concept “trace tracer do avek seki to ena”. I mean if you do not have the spare parts to build an engine, despite having an MSc Automobile engineering, replacing the genuine spare parts by cheap alternatives, would not always guarantee commercial success.

For now, maybe another business meeting with the Business Angels would let us breathe “Ahaaa….that’s interesting!”

We, the Mauritian Technopreneurs, we are optimistic 😀

12 responses

  1. How many persons were present Ashesh?

    Too short notice unfortunately…

    24 October, 2009 at 8:11 am

    • Hi Yashvin!
      Most of those who came for the G-Mauritius event were there, around 25.

      24 October, 2009 at 8:13 am

  2. Most? lol. ti ena 100 dimounes ti come for G days! 😛

    24 October, 2009 at 8:14 am

    • Well the BOI guys decided to put it after Office Hours and that on a Friday… so imagine the ‘pain’ of the most ones coming at such a period.
      However it was promising to see the conference hall almost full with Mauritian Technopreneurs.

      24 October, 2009 at 8:15 am

  3. And who are the business angel? Ena ca dans Maurice?

    24 October, 2009 at 10:15 am

    • Hi Joshua!
      Interesting Question.
      This question was also asked during the conference.

      The definition on the slide was:
      someone who has 10+ years of experience in investing in technology projects.

      24 October, 2009 at 4:20 pm

  4. in fact that’s my question:

    Do we have people that has “has 10+ years of experience in investing in technology projects.” in Mauritius 0.O

    24 October, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    • Yes Joshua, we do have.
      In fact, BOI has identified 6 of them . Soon we, technopreneurs, gonna have business meeting with them.

      24 October, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  5. Dommage que le BOI previenne 2/3 jours avant seulement une conférence si intéressante. J’espere que je pourrais me libérer pour la prochaine…

    26 October, 2009 at 3:39 pm

  6. Hi Ashesh,
    Could make it unfortunately coz I was on a trip.. I am curious to know about the projects they proposed to work on. Could you please shed some light on those?


    31 October, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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