On Thursday 5th December 2019, the Strathmore University Business School (SBS) graduated 80 graduates drawn from 3 programmes, AGCO Agricultural Qualification Programme (AAQ), Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) and Hospital Management for Health Professionals Executive Programme (HMHP). The graduating participants were drawn from various counties in Kenya such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kisumu, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu and Bungoma.
In attendance were high profile guests such as Chris Gathingu, Group CEO TangazoLetu, Nuradin Osman, President AGCO Africa, Dr. Andy Wilcox, AAQ Academic Director, and Dr. Angela Ndunge, Deputy Executive Dean SBS. Corporate partners such as AGCO, NCBA Bank, The Bridge, and Harper Adams University were also represented at the ceremony.
Speaking as she officially opened the event, Dr. Angela Ndunge said that the Strathmore Enterprise Center would be launching the Enterprise Center Alumni Business Club. “All entrepreneurs who have gone through the Enterprise Development Program (EDP) will be invited to register and automatically become members. They will be entitled to numerous benefits such as; business coaching and mentorship, invitation to networking events, training of members employees, subsidized rates for other entrepreneurship programs offered at Strathmore Business School, participation in the annual entrepreneur of the year awards, strategic linkages with financial institutions and investors as well as subsidized international and regional business trips.”
In his keynote address, TangazoLetu Group CEO, Chris Gathingu spoke about his entrepreneurship journey which started from humble beginnings and now employs 60 people and is continually growing. He also emphasized the need for leaders to exercise authentic leadership with integrity. “The integrity of a man is all he has, if you lose it, you have nothing left,” he said.
Nuradin Osman, AGCO Africa President speaking during the graduation ceremony noted that agriculture is not regarded highly in the African continent as it is in the West. “Agriculture is one of the biggest industries in the world. We need to find a way of teaching agriculture and making it more attractive to the youth, he said.
The Enterprise development program offered at Strathmore University Business School aims to help SME owners implement their growth plans. The main objective of this program is to help owner-managers of SMEs develop their competencies to effectively manage the growth of their ventures. Research and experience over the years have shown that entrepreneurs, also require support services in addition to training.
Learn more about the Strathmore Enterprise Development Center here.