Strathmore University has partnered with Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy Africa (AGGPA) to run a Young Entrepreneurs Programme (YEP) facilitated by Strathmore University Business School (SBS). The purpose of the partnership is to equip young entrepreneurs with lifelong skills, values and habits for a successful future.
AGGPA has a deep concern for poverty and unemployment in Africa. The foundation makes a positive contribution to society through empowerment and transformation initiatives. Participants of the programme include 20 high-potential students between the ages of 17 and 19 years, who recently completed high school in 2018 and are preparing to join universities in 2019.
“When I applied I saw this as an opportunity to grow as a young entrepreneur and also to nurture the entrepreneurial skills in me, I knew Strathmore University would be a perfect platform,” said Ms Camila Wanjiru Irungu, a YEP student.
The partnership with SBS has since seen the pioneer cohort commence learning in March. The sessions are to run for four months. YEP plans to catalyse entrepreneurship by changing mindsets and creating responsible high impact entrepreneurs in Africa. This will have a ripple effect of creating numerous jobs with particular focus on their suitability for the future.
Mr Jefferson Ngugi Kangacha, a student of YEP, said, “I have been equipped with a series of life-long lessons that have transformed my mind and truly inspired me with an unconventional way of thinking. My experience so far at SBS has accorded me immeasurable satisfaction”.
In 2020 AGGPA will pursue a series of entrepreneurial development scholarship programmes throughout the continent beginning in Kenya. The YEP programme is the first in this series of many others to follow once the institution establishes a long-term partnership. Selected students will go on to receive support through their university studies and can look forward to lifelong support towards becoming high impact entrepreneurs in their respective countries.
This initiative is in line with SBS’s values; as trailblazers, we seek to build the skills of budding entrepreneurs to enable them to become leaders and agents of positive change in the business space. We endeavour to provide all-rounded education, acquire and disseminate knowledge and make a profound contribution to society. Click here for further information on YEP.