The chain of week-long activities to mark the global entrepreneurship week culminated on Friday 20th in a dinner event tagged CEO/Investors’ round table with theme “Funding the SME sector”. This event was aimed at creating a platform where cheap funds can be raised for use by budding entrepreneurs as well as an opportunity for investors to take advantage of the unique products by young entrepreneurs before such ideas are thrown to the public for investment.
This event featured an investment showcase by innovative young entrepreneurs where they pitched their businesses to an array of investors in the house. Some of the products showcase included the innovative all-in-one soup in a pack “Kuemma Soup”, Plantain flour and NEXT Food’s amala flour. An auction sales of products especially with emphasis on waste-to-wealth was carried out. Some products sold include bags, decorative pieces and many more.
An entrepreneurial talk by Steve Harris and Victor Bassey encouraged business people present to always actively seek investment opportunities and make use of such as it is better to own 10% of 100 companies than to own 100% of one company.
Miss Blessing Akpan of the SS EDC presented the funding structure of the EDC to investors and encouraged them to be a part of the developmental strides as they avail themselves of the opportunity to invest in businesses as a way of assuring their own future, reduce societal vices as well as a part of their own corporate social responsibility. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere encouraged networking and building of alliances between investors and entrepreneurs.
The Global entrepreneurship week cake was cut and the event which started by 5pm came to a close by 8pm.