Entrepreneurs set to meet in Nairobi for a regional summit


Trade PS Betty Maina. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Entrepreneurs with businesses below the age of five years are set to gather in Nairobi for a regional summit to exhibit products, network and gain mentorship.

Dubbed The Entrepreneurs Summit (TES), the event targets small and medium entrepreneurs from across the East African region.

It seeks to offer a platform where the entrepreneurs can freely interact with and learn from renowned business moguls.

“The plan behind the inaugural event is to provide a platform where successful business people can share insights on how to get past the infancy stage of an eneterprise,” said Maxwell Kezengwa, founder of Mastery Consulting, the organisers of TES.

The two-day event kicks off tomorrow at the Radisson Blu where some 150 entrepreneurs are expected to converge.

Among the key speakers at the event will be the Ministry of Industry and Trade PS Betty Maina, Chairman of the New Technology taskforce Bitange Ndemo as well as Telkom Kenya managing director and Chairman Blackrock Capital Kris Senanu.

Other speakers expected at the event are HF Group Chief Information Officer George Njuguna and Dr Josepg Ngugi - Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation in Chandaria School of Business at United States International University-Africa.

Mr Kezengwa said the end game is to develop a distinguished community of innovators and leaders in business across the region.

“The value of business networks cannot be underestimated,” he said of the event that will link up entrepreneurs, business executives, founders and venture capitalists.

Aside from insightful addresses by the speakers, the event will feature panel discussions, networking sessions and an exhibition of products and services.

Among topics to be covered is investing in emerging markets, finance management, crisis handling, team dynamics, technology, branding and marketing.