For 13 weeks, ReadySetWork exposed participants to mind – reshaping trainings designed to make them stand out among other fresh graduates when they get into the world of work; either as an employee or entrepreneur.
Truly, It’s was a lot of hard work. Every week students were taught, coached and drilled by the best and largest Volunteer faculty in Nigeria to get them ready for the labour market. No doubt, it was an amazing journey for everyone in the programme this year. The students, the faculty as well as the project and support teams have been impacted by the programme.
Yes! ReadySetWork 3.0 came to a close last Saturday 13th of October, 2018 at the Main Auditorium of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo campus with the RSW Business Pitch Competition finale. The auditorium came alive with so much energy as the selected students pitched their business ideas before an audience of about 5,000 people including investors.
Kicking off the days activity, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, congratulated the students for committing themselves to the process while he also appreciated all the members of the RSW Faculty who sacrificed their time, resources and shared from their experiences to impact the lives of the students.
”A very big THANK YOU to our Facilitators for their consistency over the past 13 weeks, despite the stretching circumstances, they gave their best passionately, sharing from their wealth of knowledge to change the lives of these students. They have debunked the narrative that ‘Nigerians are selfish and they don’t volunteer’”. Obafela Bank-Olemoh
All the facilitators came up stage receiving a rousing ovation from the audience as they sang and waved to the audience..
Then the time for the main event came, The Business pitch competition finale was commenced. 14 teams of young entrepreneurs aiming to win seed funding for their businesses took to the stage to present their well prepared pitches. Each team took turns to pitch their ideas to the panel of judges, stating their Unique Selling Propositions (USP).
The judges of the keenly contested competition included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; the Executive Director of SystemSpecs, Mr. Aderemi Atanda; the General Manager of Zenith Bank, Wunmi Ogunbiyi and The Permanent Secretary to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Shamsideen Allison. Other judges were BusinessDay representative Oghenevwoke Ighure, a Professional Educationist Ugo Fred and Segun Bashorun from FINT.
While the pitching teams took breaks from the competition, the RSW Global Challenge finals also took place. This segment of the event was organised in partnership with BusinessDay and had the audience completely animated as they cheered their respective teams to victory. A team is made up of 5-student representatives from each of the 3 centers (LASPOTECH, UNILAG & LASU). At the end of the 2-round contest, Team LASU emerged the winners of the RSW Global Challenge 2018.
The day eventually wrapped up with so much excitement, dancing and exchange of plenty hugs – Of course after 13 weeks it was mixed feelings for everyone!
Winners of the Pitch Competition as well as students who have been selected for internship placements in partner organizations and SMEs will be announced at the Graduation Ceremony scheduled for the 30th of October, 2018.
Indeed, ReadySetWork 3. 0 has been a life changing and transforming programme for everyone involved. We can’t wait to share with you testimonials about the training as they have been pouring in. Follow us on all our social media platforms to get more scoops.
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