Viktoryia is a researcher who is passionate about empowering people to dream big and reach their full potential. She is a co-founder of SkyLimit. SkyLimit is an innovative self-development framework that combines science-backed content, interactive self-reflection tools, and social learning, all based on a comprehensive self-development framework.
What is your background? What made you decide to get involved in supporting entrepreneurs?
I am a researcher and I have become very concerned with the current global problems. I came to the conclusion that most of our existential risks arise from the fact that people worldwide quite often don’t receive the necessary training and in particular, people don’t feel that they can make a change. Over years of outreach work, I have witnessed how empowered students can become with the right mentorship and training. I believe that this training should be accessible by everyone. To do this, I am building a scalable solution, an ed-tech platform to reach everyone on this planet.
What is your definition of entrepreneurship?
It is a great power and if used in the right way, it can shape the planet for the good.
How and when did you know your idea was good enough to develop it?
After over a hundred interviews with experts, potential customers and potential competitors. When I heard my idea being pitched back to me over and over again, it became clear that I should start building it.
What would you say are the top 3 skills that needed to be a successful entrepreneur? Why?
perseverance, flexibility, patience
What is your favourite part of being an entrepreneur?
Seeing how your product can actually make people’s life better. But also working together with people from different backgrounds and building great teams.
What individual, company or organization inspires you most? Why?
I find Elon Musk quite inspiring, mainly due to his open mindedness and ability to jump in the new field, but also the fact that he is concerned with the planetary problems that need immediate attention.
If you had 5 minutes with the above individual/ company/organization, what would you want to ask or discuss?
How to make better decisions. I think this is the most important skill that we really need to train and which is really difficult to be trained.
What has been your most satisfying or successful moment in business?
getting the first feedback from our customers, very interesting to see what they think about the idea.
What would you say have been some of your mistakes, failures or lessons learned as an entrepreneur?
This is not the first idea I am pursuing. The main failure factor in the previous cases was selecting the wring people to build it with. It is crucial to have a good team to go through lows and ups that are inevitable on your startup path.
How have you funded your ideas?
So far it’s bootstrapped, but we will be applying for grants and raising the pre seed round.
Are there any sector-specific awards/grants/competitions that have helped you?
Oxford Social Hub Award
What is good about being an entrepreneur in Oxfordshire? Bad?
Great people for both building the teams and in our case as potential customers.
If a new entrepreneur or startup came to you looking for entrepreneurship resources, where would you send them?
Enterprising Oxford has amazing calendar with all the events aggregated, really useful.
Have you faced any challenges as a woman entrepreneur? If so, how have you overcome them?
What resources would you recommend for other women?
How could institutions such as the University of Oxford better support women entrepreneurs?
Do you have any advice specifically for other women who want to be entrepreneurs?
Any last words of advice?
Be strong, patient and aim for the moon!