AMPIONEER INTERVIEW WITH FIRAS ALOUI

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DECEMBER 11, 2014

Firas Aloui is a 26-year-old from Tunisia. He graduated from ENSI (Ecole Nationale des Sciences de l’Informatique) as a computer science engineer. Firas works in Tunis for a US based software company, where he began as a junior integration engineer and is now a component lead. Firas is currently completing a masters program in innovation management.

1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?
I heard about the bus on the radio. The experience sounds very exciting and I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I am trying to take up all the opportunities that could make it happen.

2. What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?
I am hoping to expand my entrepreneurial network and meet new motivated people who will probably become my business partners. I am hoping to learn new things from everyone in the bus. I am also hoping to be part of the winning team. I think all of these expectations will be fulfilled.

3. There will be satellite internet on the bus – why will connectivity be so important on the bus? 
Internet is the main source of data/information and thus the main source of knowledge. I am pretty sure that we will need it for several things, such as seeking answers and references.

4. What are three things that motivate you?
Being responsible for something that matters. Building an innovative product and being the pioneer. Success in what matters (Family, friends and financial resources).

5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date? 
I am currently working within a very innovative company with a unique culture, and playing a very important role. Getting to this position would have normally took several years. I also managed to keep up with my studies and I am about to finish my masters even with my very tight schedule.

6. What next? What are your plans?
I have already tried to get some funding for my first complete idea that was canceled at a late stage of the selection program of “souk attanmia”. This is actually very promising for my friends and I, since this means that even with our lack of experience, we made through a tough filtering mechanism. We learnt a lot from it and currently thinking of a couple of potential projects. And as I mentioned above, I will keep trying and taking up any opportunities that may work and for sure, one of them will work very well.

I would also like to add that, I feel that this experience will be very unique. A bus business incubator is a very unique idea, and having this as a background will be a great creative source.

Firas is participating in the AMPION Venture Bus in Tunisia.

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