IMPACT OF SWISS RE START UP ACADEMY ON OLIVIA ASEITU's ENTREPRENEURAL JOURNEY

I am a passionate and resilient emerging community developer and an agripreneur. I am a graduate of University for Development Studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. I’m also the founder and chief executive officer of Kobaa-ok farms which is into the production of fresh organic vegetables. I have great passion and zeal for entrepreneurship, rural community development, women empowerment and agro processing. As an agripreneur and strong believer in the power of positive thinking at work place, I regularly develop wellness campaigns to assist employees with mental health techniques. With tasks involving critical thinking, team work and creativity. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am an alumna of MasterCard foundation Scholars program at CAMFED Ghana. A Junior Achievers Fellow, Anzisha Prize fellow and the gold Prize Winner for Coalition for Positive Impact Igniting Dreams Prize.
 
Olivia Working on her farm

In January 2020, I was privileged to be selected to attend the Swiss Re start up academy for young entrepreneurs. Participating in this program has been one of my best life and business changing opportunity. This is because through the program I had the chance to learn many things ranging from good communication skills, team building, business proposal writing among many other invaluable topics.

Through the Swiss Re start up academy, I was able to learn how to keep better financial records (Writing financial statements such as cash flow statements and how to draw proper business budget) and because of this, I have been able to obtain business funding from other organizations which has really help me grow my business.

Participant at the Swiss Re Start-Up Academy in January 2020 in Accra Ghana

During my participation in the academy, I was fortunate to be a team leader who facilitated my group to utilize the knowledge learnt in writing a business model canvas and a pitch deck. The knowledge we obtained from the teaching sessions helped my team to deliver a good pitch and emerged as the winner of the pitch competition organized at the academy. This experience h has helped me in writing a good business canvas for my business after the academy. Through several presentations made during the academy, I was able to become a better public speaker with good communication skills that have enabled me deliver information to individuals of different age groups and races. Currently, I am able to speak to many investors and customers without any fear because of the confidence I built from the academy.

Not forgetting of the amazing networking experience I had during the academy since I was able to connect with various mentors, customers and potential investors. These connections have been one of my greatest support systems in both my career and entrepreneurial journey because they are always available and giving every bit of support I need to stay strong in business. Recently, one of the friends I met through the academy have referred me to an investor who is willing to support me grow my business to the maximum. I still have the opportunity to speak at no cost with the mentors I met during the academy. Certainly, I would have had to pay huge sum of money just to get the opportunity to speak with them for support were it not for the academy.

I would wholeheartedly recommend others to attend the Swiss Re Start up Academy, because it’s an opportunity full of multiple benefits that can help you transform your personal and business lives to a limitless level.

I wish to really appreciate the partnership between Aiducation and JA Ghana for bringing such an impactful and life changing program that is helping young entrepreneurs in Ghana to become better people of tomorrow. The Continuation of your good works will keep young entrepreneurs like myself awake in creating the impact the world awaits.

 

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