‘UBA Marketplace’, Africa’s largest gathering of business owners and entrepreneurs, promises to be the ideal forum for the enhancement of Young Sierra Leonean entrepreneurship and other young entrepreneurs across Africa, especially as over 20,000 visitors and over 100 small and medium enterprises, plus top private and public sector players will be gracing the event on the 26th & 27th July 2019, with the theme “Empowering African Entrepreneurs”, scheduled to take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.
To further advance the course of entrepreneurs in the continent, 3 African leaders on day 2 of the event, will be engaging an audience of 5,000 and watched around the globe through TEFConnect, coutesy of the founder of TEF, Tony O. Elumelu. There will be plenary sessions which will highlight entertainment and music industries. Likewise, fashion, a big cultural and revenue attraction on the continent, will be showcased with the designs of 10 leading African labels. A good number of young Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs are poised to grace the trade fair and will be showcasing Sierra Leonean culture. With this event, UBA seeks to touch base with small business owners while positively affecting the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond’.
Furthermore this Forum presents the largest single annual opportunity for entrepreneurs and policy makers to interact directly and all sessions at the Forum have private sector and public sector leaders anchored in panel discussions, master classes, and a dynamic pitching competition that will engage an audience of start-up entrepreneurs, development institutions and policymakers. More Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs were captured in this year’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. The event seeks to promote young entrepreneurs and business people across Africa and create the enabling environment for interaction among business owners and the mentorship of youths.
The aim of this event was aptly put by Kenneth Uzoka, GMD of UBA Plc., when he said “I think everyone realises the fact that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude’.
The applications will be run on TEFConnect and forms will be available in any of the branches of the United Bank for Africa (UBA). Following the end of the application window, an initial longlist of 5,500 applicants will be selected to undergo the 12-week business training. After the training, the final shortlist of 2,000 applicants will be announced to join the previous 2019 TEF cohort.
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