For more than two years, I've been fascinated with entrepreneurship and have studied hundreds of articles, books, and interviews in the hopes of one day being able to share my own startup story. So, when it was finally time to launch myself in this fabulous adventure that is entrepreneurship, I thought I had all the tools in hand to succeed in my project.
Starting a new business can become a scary, tedious and frustrating situation, especially when finding yourself stuck in the preparation stage of the startup process. Connecting with many startups over the year under the framework of the International Sustainability Academy ISA in Germany, I have learned so much about why Startups find it difficult to get their new business idea converted into a viable business concept and launch. I find it difficult to believe that it should take months and it needs lots of money before starting a new project.
As a first step, I and the team thought about approaching the project’s partners with a pre-product that would reflect the product's functionalities in reality, in addition, to presenting the innovative design of FIBROO to the public and thus building support. That's why we decided to include prototyping in the project's methodological approach. The prototype is first and foremost a means of communication. It is the most efficient way to communicate the project’s ideas to our partners, our team and to our future users. And without a communication tunnel, we won't be able to test anything, confront anything in the real world, evaluate anything, and improve anything. In short, it is our most potent working tool.
The challenging part of this stage is to get the balance between the speed and the quality of prototyping, and releasing new versions quickly for testing so that the product can evolve quickly and avoid any possible tunnel effects. This is because prototypes are questions, and as a team, it is always mandatory to ask as many questions as possible while working on FIBROO project.
After a series of tests mainly on the different aspects of the designed product separately (especially the visual and technical aspects), we came up with the first prototype of FIBROO.
Launching a startup is an exciting, challenging, stressful, fun and sometimes scary experience, and yes, all those emotions can exist together, and producing the first prototype is one of the most rewarding things that I’ve done in my life.