Impact of Swiss Re Start-Up Academy Implemented in Kenya - November 2021

The semi virtual Swiss Re Start Up Academy was buzzing and everything about it was amazing and breathtaking. Right from the diligent Swiss Re mentors, the committed local mentors, the hardworking tech team, Aiducators, the able coordinators and guests to the ever cheerful participants who were psyched up all through, ready to be mentored and informed on basic entrepreneurial skills and also meeting new faces.

Pictures taken during the input sessions

The Academy was so impactful to me as I got the opportunity to network, and develop my entrepreneurial skills on the major topics which included:

  • Pitching a Start-Up infront of investors

  • Customer Needs, Solutions & USP

  • Success Factor Business Model

  •  Marketing and Market analysis

  •  Sales

  • Basics of Bookkeeping

  • Negotiating and Influencing skills

  • Team Work

Not forgeting the 1:1 mentoring sessions, I indeed had a great session with Maria Szelecka from Swiss Re where we discussed different topics icluding career, entrepreneurship and life topics. Special appreciation to Maria for the impactful inights during the session and I am looking forward to having more of such discussions and networking sessions.

The coaching sessions with the mentors was very educative as the entrepreneurial minds of the participants advanced a lot in implementation of business ideas, how to make accurate and detailed financial statements and importance of Unique Selling Propositions in making a business outstanding among competitors.

Pictures taken during the coaching sessions

I also had the opportunity to develope a start-up idea together with my wonderful team members. Believe me not, we are the next big thing in the entreprenuership space, watch this space πŸ˜ƒ

Groups presenting their Start-Ups developed during the academy

Moreover, the excursion to Taste Afrique enlightened the young entrepreneurs to always be passionate and focus on their business so as to achieve success.

Have a look at the video highlight of the academy here:

Special thanks to Aiducation, Swiss Re Company and everyone who contributed in helping young entrepreneurs create their own business Start ups and making this academy a success. BUILDING PEOPLE BUILDING NATIONS!

Written by Maryline Odero
Editor: Boniface


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