Francis Onwumere – Prowork
Other features include adding team members through email notification, assigning tasks, sharing cloud files, receiving push notifications, tracking progress, generating reports about the project, and conducting live chats or calls. Prowork is available for mobile, web, or desktop – ensuring that regardless of location or preference, individuals can access their projects.
Francis plans on attending another Startup Weekend event to find more team members to join Prowork. In the future, Prowork might be another place where entrepreneurs can locate team members. Francis explains, “Going forward, we want to see Prowork do more of that: help businesses collaborate and also find people they need.”
Mikael Cho – Ooomf
Mikael Cho, founder of newly-launched company “Ooomf”, is also on a mission to take down challenges that many entrepreneurs face. While at Startup Weekend Montreal, Cho witnessed countless exciting ideas for products. However, Cho knew that many of these would remain just that — ideas. Cho identified that without the right resources or momentum, many fledgling startups would extinguish before they could hit a stride. He knew that these ideas needed to be cultivated, and ideally, garner a following of some kind before their launch.
In order to buy more time for promising products, Cho developed his own startup, Ooomf, to function as a platform where promising new apps can ‘exist’ and garner enthusiasm from communities before their launch date. At the post-launch stage, Ooomf provides efficient ways of marketing apps to the public and even maintaining community support for apps hoping to stay alive in the Apple store. He explains, “the goal is to help mobile developers get a passionate user base as they move from pre launch to app store and after that.” Cho envisions a ‘safer’ development stage that simultaneously offers publicity for exciting new apps. Even minimal exposure for ideas ‘in progress’ can keep startups afloat during that crucial incubation time while the product is developing. Ooomf is also a place where app developers can share more about their story with their followers and describe their progress more personally. Ultimately, Ooomf is providing a whole new layer to the development time frame in which a “buzz” is created for apps that will support their production leading up to launch and beyond.
Cho attributes his ‘chain reaction’ of successes to Startup Weekend. It was primarily from observing the atmosphere at the Montreal event that he was struck with his idea – and it is where he met organizers from a startup incubator that Ooomf was later accepted into. Participating in the incubator then led to an investment, and now, Cho is positioned to offer a valuable resource to other entrepreneurs.
Both Ooomf and Prowork were developed in response to problems or challenges that keep startups from progressing to the next level. Mikael Cho and Francis Onwumere are entrepreneurs who believe in empowering others – and by responding to the needs of entrepreneurs, leaders like Cho and Onwumere will become critical assets for startup ecosystems. Co-founders and teams know better than anyone else how challenging it is to start a company from scratch; they are the most natural resource for other entrepreneurs. By tapping into experience-based knowledge, future startups can progress more quickly and efficiently. Startups helping startups: one of the most efficient and progressive ways to build and support entrepreneurial ventures.