Emmanuel A.B. Turay, UNIMAK‘s Communications Officer, writes:
To mark the celebration of the reopening of the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship, the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and the University of Makeni are organising ‘Makeni Business Forum 2015’ on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the University of Makeni Great Auditorium in Makeni City. The theme for this Business Forum will be “Doing Business in Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak and Support programs and Resources for Entrepreneurs”.
This business forum will attract the business community and institutions to network and get firsthand knowledge about programmes and resources available to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. It will also attract Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to showcase their products and services to customers and partners. Entrepreneurs will also learn about the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship at UNIMAK.
Business Forum 2015 is designed to discuss the impact of the Ebola crisis in the Sierra Leone Business Community, present the programmes and resources available to local entrepreneurs to reignite their economic system and create ample opportunity for one-on-one meetings and business networking. The business forum will further explore and nurture the new partnerships and opportunities arising between entrepreneurs, investors and other actors of the Sierra Leone business ecosystem. The forum will involve prominent stakeholders from the private and public sectors and the international agencies to engage in dialogue of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Sierra Leone’s economic outlook.
Several distinguished personalities have consented to participate in this forum including the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Mabinty Daramy, Head of European Delegation to Sierra Leone Peter Versteeg among others. The event partners include Sierratel, Cordaid, EU, ABSL, SLIEPA, ACTB, among others.
It could be recalled that one of Africa’s pressing needs is to have a new kind of entrepreneurs who desire to do more than just making profits. These impact entrepreneurs want to identify and solve social problems on a large scale, to touch their communities and drive a positive and sustainable change. The biggest challenge facing them is how to upscale their impact. Too many impact entrepreneurs have brilliant ideas but fail into executing them, or run inspiring ventures but without being able to reach adequate scale. Part of the reason is lack of both accesses to capital and management skills to transform small start-ups in larger organisations.
It is as against this background and challenges that the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) the largest private university in Europe created the ‘Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship’. From this year on, the prestigious double Degree Master course (internationally recognised title) will be also offered at the University of Makeni.