The pilot scheme of the Entrepreneurship and Employability training programme for Final year students in Lagos State, ReadySetWork (RSW)has come and gone, however, the learning experience for the RSW candidates is far from over as many of the outstanding ones have commenced internships or apprenticeship with various organisations in Lagos.
In November, winners of the RSW entrepreneurs pitch competition, who had the top 3 business ideas commenced their business incubation programme under the tutelage of Generation Enterprise, one of the training partners during the RSW programme.
Upon commencement of the incubation process, the RSW entrepreneurs participated in several business development programmes one of which was the High Growth Africa Summit, an event organised by Ingressive and Starta to provide a platform where businesses looking to grow and scale can network and learn from successful business owners, investors and other business experts. The summit also provided a rich learning experience for those whose businesses were still in the early stage but had growth potentials.
Some of the speakers at the event were Monique Woodward- 500 Startups, Adebola Williams- Red Media Africa, Bunmi Otegbade- Generation Enterprise, Tayo Oviosu- Paga, Afua Osei- She Leads Africa, Oluyomi Ojo- Printivo, Amina Adewusi- Spheir, Kola Aina- Ventures Platform, Shola Akinlade- Paystack, Femi Alashi- Github and a host of others.
According to Generation Enterprise, “Our RSW entrepreneurs were deliberately exposed to this event to improve their networking skills, gain knowledge from the speakers as they delivered practical insights at the general sessions and specific break – out session”
The RSW entrepreneurs representing Biogas productions, Onebox and Artisan-On-Campus, the 1stprize winner, 2nd and 3rd runners up at the RSW entrepreneurs pitch competition respectively, found the event very insightful, having learnt some practical ways to grow their budding businesses.
The incubation programme lasts for 6 months and would engage the entrepreneurs in various business development activities and exposures.