#CNNAfrica tech chat: 'Opportunities here are huge. Why be anywhere else?'

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  • Twitter chat: How to take your startup to the next level
  • Rebecca Enonchong, Juliana Rotich and Erik Hersman were the special guests

(CNN)CNN's African Start-Up hosted a Twitter chat on how to take your startup to the next level on January 14.

Using the #CNNAfrica hashtag, tech lovers and entrepreneurs joined special guests Rebecca Enonchong, founder of AppsTech, Juliana Rotich, executive director of Ushahidi Inc and BRCK CEO Erik Hersman for a lively debate.
    If you were unable to join us, here's what you missed.
    We started with a question encouraging our tech entrepreneurs to think back to when they began:
    Tech lovers around the world also got involved in the chat using the hashtag #CNNAfrica:
    The second question looked at the most usual mistakes young entrepreneurs do:
    Tweeter Wendy Lee agreed:
    Choosing a great team is an integral part of building a thriving business, so we asked our guests what they looked for in potential recruits.
    Of course, a chat about startups couldn't go on without tackling the issue of raising money:
    Being transparent and passionate seemed to be the key advice from our experts and other participants:
    The discussion then tackled the topic of selling early or holding out for a bigger exit:
    Entrepreneur Gossy Ukanwoke, founder of Beni American University in Nigeria, shared some practical and level headed advice:
    Our next question was about the importance of mentors and the qualities they can bring to a business:
    PR guru Ronke Lawal shared what she thinks a good mentor is:
    In question 7 we moved on to the topic of effective press coverage:
    We then asked our guests whether entrepreneurs should join a tech incubator and what they should consider in advance:
    Wrapping up our #CNNAfrica chat, we asked our guests what was the best thing about working in Africa's tech sector:
    The chat provided businesses with the vital tools and inspiration they need to grow their tech startups: