Isaac Sesi is a Ghanian born entrepreneur, engineer and a software developer passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of Africa’s most pressing problems, especially in the field of agriculture while inspiring young Africans to be innovative and solve problems too. Sesi holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from KNUST, a Tony Elumelu Fellow, Next Einstein Forum finalist and World Summit Awards National Winner. He currently, lead a team of 11 at Sesi Technologies where they are developing affordable technologies to help farmers and agribusinesses along the Agric value chain to increase productivity and reduce losses. For now, the startup is focusing on FarmSense and GrainMate and putting the relevant structures in place to help scale up production. In the past, he have co-founded two other startups namely; Invent Electronics and GravyCode.
Here, are his advice to African future entrepreneurs;
Upcoming entrepreneurs, should not fall for the college dropout misinterpretation. They should should not drop out of school yet.
The “You don’t need a degree to be successful because Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of school and made it“ narrative is a common example of Survivorship Bias which is causing many young people to make unwise decisions.
The people who push this narrative focus only on the achievement, leaving out the unique details surrounding those achievements.
The disproportionate focus on the stories of the Gates and Zuckerbergs who survived without considering the stories of those who didn’t paints an incomplete picture. For every Zuckerberg who drops out and makes it, there are probably 99 other dropouts who do not make it.
A university degree does not guarantee a successful life but, it does open up opportunities for you and give you a better shot at life.
If you live in Africa, where the systems are such that you need a degree to even get one foot at the door, then getting your degree is even more important.
So, if you do find yourself in the university and you have ambitions to start your own business, unless you have a very compelling reason to drop out, finish your degree and then you can go live out your startup dream.