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Wadhwani Foundation (WF) recently partnered with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)to build institutional capacity in entrepreneurship training among faculty across four local universities; in a bid towards establishing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem within campuses. Other participating institutions included: University of Nairobi, United States International University, Mount Kenya University and Valley Business School.

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Faculty from CUEA, MKU, UoN, Valley Business School attending the Wadhwani training with Rev. Dr. Pius Male, DVC Admin, Finance and Planning (2nd left standing)

The six-day Master Trainer Boot Camp program was conducted by Wadhwani Foundation’s National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) initiative at CUEA Main campus on 2nd October-7thOctober 2017. The program aimed at providing participating members with the support, tools and network to enable them guide students to discover their entrepreneurial DNA and learn key concepts such as Design Thinking, Competition Analysis, Prototyping, Opportunity Discovery, Early Customer Insights, among others. The training empowered faculty members and made them more confident to assist and train students in online and campus activities geared towards building an entrepreneurial mind-set.

The training was convened and hosted by the department of Planning and Advancement, Dr. Sarah Kimani , Dean of School of Business, Dr. Joseph Ntale, in charge of the CUEA Business Incubation Center, Mrs Agnes Muhavani head of Planning & Advancement- CUEA, and Mr. Kakeeto Richard, Coordinator of CUEA Digital media Services, were among the CUEA faculty who participated in the program. The sessions were conducted by Mr. Pratapaditya Chakravarty ‘Paco’, Vice President- Global Training Institute, Wadhwani Foundation and Mr. Manasseh Miruka, Project Manager, NEN-Kenya, Wadhwani Foundation.

The 1st Master Trainer Programme culminated in a one-day intensive workshop training for high-potential students called E- Leaders. E-Leaders are the dynamic leaders of the Wadhwani e-cells. Twenty-five student leaders of the e-cells from various universities such as University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University, Catholic University and Valley Business School attended the event. The students gained relevant skills and insights to help them transform their e-cells, network with other e-leaders, and engaged in experiential exercises intended to inspire teamwork and leadership. The workshop was extremely beneficial and inspired the e-leaders to promote entrepreneurship in their respective campuses.

WF-NEN’s rich, experiential content is designed to train and nurture educators in order to help them foster entrepreneurial thinking among aspiring student entrepreneurs. The immediate goal of National Entrepreneurship Network is to support student entrepreneurs through structured activities, workshops, events and online trainings via entrepreneurship clubs called e-cells. Ultimately, NEN aims to establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem which leverages a wide network of beneficiaries such as universities, educators, entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, among other strategic alliances. The partner ecosystem will help students turn their business ideas into reality and launch successful businesses. NEN has a global impact in helping create thousands of companies, for instance, Practo (www.practo.com) – one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in the world.

The Master Trainer programme was a follow up on a five-day Entrepreneurship Educators Program in which CUEA staff were oriented into the Entrepreneurship Pedagogy and Wadhwani Way of Entrepreneur Development. This took place from 22nd to 26thAugust 2017.

The organizers acknowledge the contribution of The Vice Chancellor, office of the DVC Academics and Research, DVC Finance and Planning, the department of Linkages, and that of Planning and Advancement.

Wadhwani Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 2003 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of “accelerating economic development in emerging economies.”National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), an initiative of the Wadhwani Foundation, inspires, educates and supports high-potential entrepreneurs to create high-value jobs. In keeping with its mission, WF hopes to play a key role in contributing to the country’s economic growth and along with its partner institutions, aims to increase entrepreneurs in Kenya.

 

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