By Ajong Mbapndah L
Khadija received her PhD from the University of Sheffield studying human-computer interaction and user experience. With her belief in adopting technology for improving education and enabling equal opportunities, Khadija founded and is currently managing PraxiLabs, which makes virtual science labs accessible for educational institutions and schools.
“We applied last year and were not even selected, but we didn’t give up and tried again and this year we are amongst the top 10. Persistence is very important in entrepreneurship,” says Khadija Mohamed Elbedweihy
What has changed for you and PraxiLabs with your participation in the 2021 ABH competition?
Since we started to rank up in the Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) competition, our exposure has massively increased because the competition gave us a great reach through local, regional, and even some global media coverage. We also learned a lot from the sessions/mentors and have adapted a lot of it in our day-to-day operations.
What other defining lessons have you learned in the 2021 ABH journey?
Mostly that you should never give up, we applied last year and were not even selected, but we didn’t give up and tried again and this year we are amongst the top 10. Persistence is very important in entrepreneurship, and we have also learnt to continuously work on enhancing what we offer.
Is there any impact that you see your success having on young entrepreneurs in Egypt? What are some of the success tips you can share with them?
I’ve been blessed with tons of positive feedback from both people I know and people I never met, but a common theme was that they got inspired and encouraged to pursue their dreams as well. It is amazing to see how others perceive one’s success and their encouragement and support means the world to us. Knowing that this has also inspired others to do the same is very humbling and a great honor.
On success tips as mentioned above, young entrepreneurs in Egypt should not give up on pursuing their dreams. No matter how many times you fall, get up and carry on. Success requires a lot of persistence and hard work. Our persistence got us into the ABH Top 10 this year. That’s a big lesson to learn from.
With the success, the fame, the mentorship, and other dividends that the ABH has brought for you, what projections can you make for the middle and long term for PraxiLabs?
I believe with the immense support we got from ABH and from the impact its reach has given us, we will be able to increase our future projections and speed up our growth plans to move ahead faster and stronger.
Any message you want to send as a last word to your fellow contestants, ABH management, mentors and others as the competition enters its final stages?
To my fellow contestants I want to say congratulations to all of us, we all are already winners and it’s been a real pleasure to have been part of this amazing selection of inspiring startups, giving me hope for a brighter future for Africa and the world. And I believe that “Thank You” is not enough to measure up to what the amazing ABH team deserves, but I do truly and sincerely thank you all for everything you have done and are still doing for us. You are on a great mission, and it’s been an honor to be part of it.