Lagos — Tuesday March 28 and Wednesday March 29, the U.S. Consulate General Public Affairs Section (PAS), in collaboration with Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD), a vocational training and leadership institute, hosted a two-day Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs.
Consul- General F. John Bray noted in his opening remarks that “entrepreneurship can launch you on a path to change the world” He explained that the U.S. Department of State supports entrepreneurs all over the world through training and mentoring, while also working with governments to create enabling environments and entrepreneurial cultures.
The Consul-General was joined at the opening session by Channels TV CEO John Momoh, Main One CEO Funke Opeke, CEO Sahara Group Tonye Cole, and CEO WFM 91.7 Toun Sonaiya.
The participants in the conference were 102 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network members, and 40 of the 46 speakers, who led the 24 break-out sessions, were alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. The up-and-coming entrepreneurs selected from across Nigeria were exposed to pragmatic business management skills, mentoring, and networking opportunities.
Wednesday, March 28, representatives from the Banks of Industry and Agriculture as well as Diamond Bank spoke about various options for obtaining start-up funding.
The conference was a great success and over the next year, the 102 participants will continue to work with PAS and FSD as they attempt to establish their businesses.