Over the last few years in our country, there has been quite a bump in the numbers of individuals young and old who are opting to take the entrepreneurial route. A crop of hard thinking and hard working men and women who are disrupting the way we think, challenging old ideas, coming up with new ones and all along creating opportunities for themselves and others, and exploiting them. Exploiting the opportunities that is. Our entrepreneurship spirit and the fact that it could very well push our economy to greater heights is captured by among other things, the fact that Kenya as a country was privileged enough to host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July this year.
Now if only someone could light a fire under the bellies of these already fired up individuals. If only someone could bring them together, give them a platform to share ideas, create new businesses, forge partnerships, and create solutions for the benefits of all. That is exactly what UAP-Old Mutual Group intends to do with the Great Talks Season 2 that will take place at KICC Plenary hall on November 7th.
For those who may have missed season one or who are wondering what Great Talks is in the first place, it is an annual wisdom forum aimed as a platform for networking and sharing experiences and learning. The inaugural talks were held on October 4th last year at KICC. These saw attendees who were mainly metropolitan middle class professionals, investment groups, student associations, media, business groups, industry players and the Old Mutual family meet up with policy makers, Government leaders, financial experts, investment groups, private sector business leaders and Old Mutual staff. (Source).
If you’re a middle class Kenyan either employed or self-employed, November 7th is your day and this is your forum to attend. In an indication of what to expect, the talks are themed Fuelling The Entrepreneur. Such will be the environment to learn about wealth creation and securing your future. This is where you’ll awaken your entrepreneurship spirit and run with it if you haven’t already.
One key guest at the talks will be Kenya’s Vice President William Ruto. The other will be South African Vusi Thembekwayo who is the rock star of motivational speaking. Vusi is among other things the founder and CEO of Motiv8, and youngest director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The panel which will be moderated by TerryAnne Chebet who is herself an entrepreneur will consist of:
- 26 year old Hilda Moraa whose start up Weza Tele was acquired by AFB for Kshs. 154 Million. Hilda is one of Kenya’s youngest millionaires.
- Suzie Wokabi – A household name in the beauty industry. Suzie is a professionally trained make-up artist who decided to up and start her own line of make-up products. SuzieBeauty cosmetics is a range of products for the African woman, created by an African woman.
- Akinyi Adongo who is the CEO of Mefa Arts Center. She’s also a fashion designer who has managed to stand out in the crowded fashion industry. One of Akinyi’s clients is our First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
- Jambo Pay CEO Danson Muchemi. Jambo Pay is the company that automated revenue collection for Nairobi County. Danson is a nominee for CNBC’s East Africa Business Leader awards under EA Young Leaders category.
- Wambugu James – Managing Director of UAP.
Attendance is free of charge and all you need to do is register and do so early to avoid missing a spot.
You can also follow the conversation on the hashtag #GreatTalks2015 on twitter.