Innovation and entrepreneurship are among the most important issues which need to be mastered today to produce an effective 21st century society. The University of Nairobi students under the Finance and Investment Students Association (FISA) a professional association have organised an entreprenuership and innnovation conference to held today at Lower Kabete Campus Lecture Theatre.
FISA is a professional association whose aim is to link its members (students) to finance industry professionals and to complement the theories learnt in class with practical lessons learnt through training, panel talks and volunteering. The Association aims at promoting interaction of the members with other students, professional firms, industrial and corporate enterprises in order to expand their knowledge of the finance and investment industry and to promote economic development through various initiatives. They are committed to bringing together finance and Investment students and faculty from universities across Africa with the aim of sharing knowledge, skills and resources.
During the one day conference which includes extensive presentations and in-depth panel discussions, they will be bringing together a select group of young entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, government officials, investors, and media influencers who are committed to building cutting-edge solutions to significant global challenges.
The Theme for the conference is,
“innovative finance and impact investing.”
There is a growing recognition of the need of more sustainable development, combining economic, ecological and social aspects. These challenges combined with limited internal resources and high risk and complexity calls for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The 2015 BEI conference provides a platform to highlight the most creative thinking with regards to Innovation and Entrepreneurship and thus contributing to the creation of more innovators and entrepreneurs.
The aim of this conference is to bring to the forefront issues related to innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems, The conference will explore various institutional, legal, and financial sector developments that affect the creation of firms, their rate of success, the dynamism of incumbent firms, and their contribution to innovation and economic development.
The event will kick-off as from 8am – 4.30pm.
Some of the speakers will be; Chris Kirubi (Centum Investment Company Chairman), James Gitau (CEO Peak Performance), Suzie Wokabi (CEO Suzie Beauty), Damaris Nyabuti (CEO Dharkemmy Corporate Communications Ltd), Derek Bbanga (MD Public Image Africa), Jerry Crossan (CO Founder Lelapa Fund), Sylvance Sange (MD KIPI), Prof. Peter Mbithi (VC UON), Johnson Mwakazi (Editorial Manager WTV), Deborah Beaton, Solomon Maina, Robert Yawe (Financial Literacy Coach), Adelle Onyango, among others.
The topics to be covered are;
- Fostering a Culture of Entrepreneurship
- Branding as a marketing strategy
- Corporate Venturing
- Institutional, legal, and financial sector developments
- Basis for government and private sector engagement
- Collaboration with Startups
- The future of Finance
- Ideation and protecting innovations
- Idea pitching
The participants will be largely drawn from students from various universities in Kenya and a few selected young entrepreneurs, staff, faculty and alumni. The attendance is expected to have a total of 600 participants.