21 Jun Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa: First Set of Speakers Announced!
The alternative education forum, Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa is barely a month away! This is going to be one of the most explosive, experiential learning events you’ve ever attended. With support from Ecobank Ghana, we’ve put together an event that offers value to attendees. From an immersive bootcamp to a charged day of a high-level conference and business pitch, participants will learn the end-to-end science and art of building global brands.
We’re thrilled to be welcoming a diverse array of speakers from around the world. Take a peek at our first set of speakers below and visit our website for a more comprehensive list and the event agenda.
The event will start with a hands-on bootcamp at the venue, Ecobank Head office Accra. Trainers from our partner organization, Ecobank will take us through all the processes of financial modeling, highlighting sustainable business funding. Then we shall take a moment to review how to build a purpose-driven business with Kristian Bengtsson, Co-founder of Human And Kind. Afterward, Dario Giuliani, co-founder of Brighter Bridges and Kelvin Nyame, founder of Meqasa shall lead us through the processes of business ideation, validation, market analysis, and growth; as well as founding team and mentors. This will be followed by a Masterclass on branding & marketing hacks for founders on a low budget with Princewill Omorogiuwa, founder of 3rdfloor Digital & Motivating Africa. We shall round off the day with a digital makeover to help participants clean up their digital footprints.
Day two of SEWAfrica bootcamp at the venue will be explosive! Participants will join a highly-charged atmosphere of High-Performance Training & Game Changer Moment themed rewire your mind for greatness. For this session, Akua Nyame Mensah, Business Strategist/Certified Coach and Babs Ofori, Wellbeing and Yogi Coach will sit down with our guests to help them learn how to get their minds and bodies into state and rewire their thinking for success! This will be followed by a talk from Rodney Quarcoo, founder of RQV on digital storytelling in today’s Africa. We shall also join another talk on fake news and online privacy.
For the second session of the day, we shall delve into the areas of technology, product development & making sense of data. And then, Suzanne Butah, the Legal Director of Guinness Ghana shall mount the podium to share exclusive insights on the legal structure and how to use the law to protect yourself and your business. William Senyo, Co-founder of Impact Hub Accra/Partner at Ingressive Capital will enlighten our guests on what investors look for in a startup through a conversational Investor-readiness masterclass. This will culminate in SFAN’s proprietary Readyforwork Startup Coaching session: a 1-on-1 coaching session for founders.
The final day of Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa will be an exciting day of thought leadership and business pitch. We shall begin the day with a keynote on the event theme, unlocking the business potentials of young people for job creation. And then, we shall join a high-level panel on intra-Africa trade and diaspora collaboration featuring Ayesha Bedwei, Tax Partner at PwC Ghana, Mimshack Obioha, Partnership Director at Ventures Platform, Tucci Goka Ivowi, Deputy CEO and a founding member of the Ghana Commodity Exchange, Toro Orero, Partner at QI Holdings, Miishe Addy, Co-founder of Jetstream and moderated by Yasmin Kumi, Founder of Africa Foresight Group.
Subsequently, an Ashley Zakia Ancordi-led 10% Dialogue will take the center stage to explore how to create an enabling entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa. This panel will feature a vast array of speakers including Victor Asemota, Africa partner at Alta Global Ventures, Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder of Opportunity Desk, Maxwell Dodd, CEO of Econet Media Ghana, and Sean Burrowes, COO of Ingressive Capital.
After the 10% Dialogue, we shall welcome a keynote panel that’ll take a deep dive into Africa’s hot sectors with a focus on education, payments, agriculture, e-commerce, and healthcare. This session will feature speakers such as Dan Asare-Kyei, Ph.D., CEO of Esoko, Dika Oha, Developer Growth Director at Andela, Pearlyn Budu, Country Manager at Jumia Food.
Experts have said that talent is not enough. Many people spend years mastering an underlying technical skill and almost no time mastering the multiplier skill. Consequently, we’ve invited two trailblazers, Eyram Tawia, Co-founder of Leti Arts and Vimbai Mutinhiri, Executive Producer of Mambo Media to share with us their tips and strategies for harnessing and monetizing your talents.
After a break session, Ully Ogwah, Co-founder and CEO of African Art Archive will take the stage to talk about Content: Now. Future. Beyond. How to plan 3D to remain competitive in the transformative age.
After his session, we shall take a moment to recognize young people that have shown remarkable discipline in using their ideas to transform their environments through the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
On the heel of the content masterclass and award session, participants will have the time to pitch their businesses for funding with participating investors.
The meeting will draw to a close with product demos and marketplace exhibitions. Indeed, Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa will be 3 days of power-packed thought leadership, experiential learning, inspiration, networking, and insightful conversations!
Applications are open. To apply, visit studententrepreneurshipweek.com.
For more information about sponsorship or to secure a booth space, contact the team via info(at)sfanonline.org.
Tom-Chris Emewulu is the Founder & President of SFAN (Stars From All Nations). When he’s not building SFAN and helping entrepreneurs and rising professionals create fulfilling careers, he’s telling African innovation stories or advocating for people-centered policy. Tom-Chris is a former consultant at Mastercard Foundation, Seedstars Ambassador for Ghana, and the author of the forthcoming book: Breaking the Limits. He is a thought leader on youth development, social entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and the future of work.