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Aziz M. Hazizi Entrepreneur

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Venture Industry
Languages spoken
  • Arabic
  • English
Recent Activity

What I need help with

My background as an entrepreneur

My current challenges

  • I'm a refugee entrepreneur
  • I'm a solo founder
  • I'm in the stage of seeking sponsorship
  • I'm not physically present in the US, where my target market is
  • I'm trying to find volunteers
  • I have difficulties dealing with people and trusting them, which holds me back from moving forward and forming a team and outsourcing.

Actions I’ve taken so far

  • I launched the website
  • I did market research
  • I did my pitch deck and BMC
  • I activated social media (LinkedIn & Facebook are active)

My future goals

  • To find sponsors
  • To have volunteers
  • To find team members
  • To collaborate with Deaf NGOs and educational institutions
  • To develop the product (Online course in ASL)

My motivations to work with a mentor

  • I like direct speech with actions to be taken (I'm not too fond of so many theories and lectures)
  • I'm well organized and believe in step by step strategy with a long-term plan (I'm not too fond of it when a mentor says you need to gain money and make revenue without understanding my actual stage and obstacles)
  • I'm a goal-oriented person
  • I'm an introvert which means I'd find it hard to be open and, at the same time to approach people (inside this platform or outside)

About my venture

Cicada Sign

Cicada Sign is an eLearning platform targeting Deaf Youth through American Sign Language (ASL) as its primary language to enhance their skills and knowledge to be compatible with market needs to help them find online jobs.

Countries of operation: United States of America, Canada