About 105 technical and vocational education graduates benefited from the U.S. Consulate’s Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs held in partnership with the Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD) in Ikeja recently.
The graduates were drawn from over 5,000 young people who had prior training in technology, agriculture, confectionary and fashion/style sectors.
The two-day event featured panel discussions by seasoned entrepreneurs, presentations on fundraising, management strategies, business plan, resume writing, and other practical tips to survival in their specific areas of specialty.
In his address at the opening, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Mr Russell Brooks, thanked CEO of FSD, Mrs Omowale Ogunrinde for getting seasoned entrepreneurs to mentor the participants.
He said: “This conference has brought together 105 young, talented, ambitious young people who are looking to make their mark in the world of business. To aid them, Field of Skills and Dreams has assembled an outstanding group of mentors. These mentors, men and women who have accomplished great things in their business careers are taking time out of their busy schedules to share some of their wisdom and experience with young people and the U.S. Consulate thanks them for their commitment and generosity. They are excellent role models for these budding entrepreneurs and, again, we thank them for their contribution.”
Brooks counseled the participants to see entrepreneurship as a lifestyle.
He said: “’Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.’ This is a quote from Victor Kiam, a famous American entrepreneur, best-known for his successful turnaround of a razor blade company. Fewer people are aware that he was a life-long entrepreneur, who took his first risks at selling a product at the tender age of eight.”