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Mr. Darshan Chandaria (left) advises a student entrepreneur during the pitching session of the Entrepreneurship Week held on Wednesday, September 27. Looking on is Founder and Chief Executive of Resolution Health East Africa Mr Peter Nduati (center) Photo:Antonio Longangi

The New Economic Venture Accelerator NEVA has organized a series of talks dubbed “Entrepreneurship Week” from Friday, September 22 to Wednesday, September 27 at the Innovation and Incubation Center. Renowned entrepreneurs offered advice on how they began their ventures, and how they avoided the pitfalls that come with building a business from the ground up.

The initiative is part of the NEVA program designed to promote entrepreneurship and incubate student businesses, as well as facilitate coaching, training, mentoring, networking and linkage with potential investors.

The entrepreneurship week had a set of activities conceived to put student entrepreneurs at the center of its discussions and facilitate the acquisition of practical knowledge for their enterprises. Within those frames, the week featured events that involved external organizations such as the Ashoka Foundation, Paycon Kenya, industry experts and investors from the Lion Den’s TV reality show.

The week kicked off with the Ashoka Foundation’s conference on the subject “Youth in Entrepreneurship” on Friday, September 22.

Alumnus Dennis Mugambi, founder of Moran Sport Travel, shared on “Launching your ideal business venture” on Monday, September 25, followed by Ink Productions’ founder Ms. Janet Mwaluda, who made a presentation on “Starting a successful entertainment business”. Ink Productions is the film production and distribution company behind “Nairobi Diaries” – the Kenyan hit reality show currently airing on local television station – K24.

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Celebrity photographer Mr. Victor Peace expounds to his audience on the Ins and Outs of the Photography Businesses to his student audience, during his talk, that was part of the Entrepreneurship Week 2017.

Photo: Dan Muchai

Celebrity fashion and lifestyle photographer Victor Peace discussed the “Ins and Outs of Arts and Photography Business” on Tuesday, September 26, while MA Communication Studies student and award-wining makeup artist – Kangai Mwiti - shared advice on the business of fashion and beauty. 4UP Digital Agency Director Richard Njau wrapped up the day with a talk on “Scaling a Digital Marketing Business”.

Gerphas Odipo, Director at Judera Group spoke on running a successful agri-business on Wednesday, September 27, and was followed by an investor pitching session beginning at 4pm. Dr. Manu Chandaria (USIU-Africa Chancellor), Darshan Chandaria, (CEO and Director at Chandaria Industries Limited), Peter Nduati (Founder, Director and Chief Executive at Resolution Health East Africa) provided sound business advice to students who pitched for funding for their nascent businesses.

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Makeup Artist, Beauty Consultant and Digital Strategist Kangai Mwiti explains how she made it in her digital business and beauty consultancy.

Photo: Dan Muchai

The entrepreneurship week is the first of a series of activities at the Innovation and Incubation Center, based on such themes as machine learning, entrepreneurship design thinking, and android application development.