The Strathmore Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) is an initiative of Strathmore University. The Centre, to be located at the University campus is a private sector-driven initiative set up to address the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and provide solutions to the various practical, real-life problems they typically encounter.
Experience over the years has shown that entrepreneurs, in addition to training, require support services to help them implement their growth plans. SEDC’s primary objective is to help owner-managers of SMEs develop their competencies to effectively manage the growth of their ventures.
The motivation for establishing the Centre is consistent with Strathmore University’s Vision to Become a leading outcome-driven entrepreneurial university in the region, offering world-class and accessible high-quality university education and training in the areas of information and communications technology, business leadership and management, hospitality management and education.
The Centre will contribute to this Vision statement by providing high-quality capacity building, value-added services and a resource centre for small and medium enterprises, to enhance business leadership and management.
The Strathmore Entrepreneurship Development Centre endeavours to promote enterprise growth nationally, regionally and internationally by offering superior quality and affordable professional training and guidance to emerging and established entrepreneurs, by undertaking appropriate research in collaboration with industry. Training at the centre is based on high ethical principles which aim at producing entrepreneurs with high professional standards and integrity.
To achieve these objectives the centre seeks to:
Aspire to be a world-class centre promoting integration between capacity building, research and industry to promote enterprise growth in an atmosphere of high ethical and professional performance.
Our Guiding Principles:
We pursue the highest quality in all our training intervention by ensuring that our materials are relevant and meet current SMEs’ needs; our facilitators are experts in their field and experienced professionals drawn from both internal teaching staff and external consultants and our approach to learning is both visionary and innovative.
Our Accreditation Status:
We are fully accredited with the NITA.
We have employed a core team of exceptional individuals including, a Centre Director, a Business Development Manager, a Programmes Manager, a Programmes coordinator, and an office assistant. Furthermore, we draw on a wide array of professional associates and support personnel on an as-needed basis.
The Way We Structure and Deliver our programmes/courses:
Our courses are tailored to the client’s needs with a structure that is flexible and designed to match clients’ available time and budget.
The objective of the Centre is to meet the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises through quality training, research and value-added services. The centre will achieve its goals through professional delivery of its services and by undertaking best practice in the management, administration and function of its operation.
The Centre aspires to provide a distinctive and innovative SME experience through high-quality training and support of SME owner-managers with high professional standards and integrity.
The SEDC seeks to meet the needs of SMEs in the following key areas: