The Lagos hub Curator of Global Shaper, David Lanre Mesan has called on small business owners to take advantage of the Global Shaper Business Development Program to acquire relevant skills to run their business to optimum scale of creating value and making profit from their business and to bridge the gap of skills in business development among micro entrepreneurs and small business owners to empower them with skills that they need for their business growth.
Mesan said this at the Business Skill Workshop held recently in Lagos in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria. He also made it known that Global Shaper is a network of young people who are exceptional in their abilities, potentials and are willing to promote their immediate community.
He revealed that it is an initiative that is under international economic forum which is an international institution that promotes private public cooperation in the world.
According to Mesan, “we have more than 500 hubs in the world today and Lagos hub is one of them which are made up of 29 members now. It takes rigorous processes to be a member of the global shaper but the moment you become the member, you have opportunities to participate in both local and international forum.”
He said that the 6th edition business skill workshop is one of the initiatives of the global shapers, Lagos Hubs, and have held in six sessions focusing on business planning, HR for Business, creating marketing and business strategies, financial planning, technology for your business and others.
He described the six editions as the most effective program that is under the hub and it is so effective that it won the Abridge Market growth grant of $20,000 to further the scope of the program.
“Young people are coming up with business ideas and there is need for them to acquire relevant skills. That is where we come in to provide the skills and resources and the tools to move the business forward. So far, we have been effective and we have reached 180 participants and we are looking at how we can reach 1,000 participants who need these kind of skills and opportunities.”
Oghasa Osa-Edokpolor, a graduated of Imperial College London and a food blogger, who was a participant at the workshop said that she learnt how to get in touch with technology, how to use technology to improve her food blog and how to get the best advantage of Microsoft, Windows, Cloud, Microsoft Note to write all her details.
She urged Global Shaper to continue the program. “It is really a good program; I want them to spread their publicity more. They should get more people involved to make it more interesting.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Edu Sola, CG Artist and Graphic Designer who have attended all the past editions described the program as empowering and inciting.
“I learn things all the time that I come for the program. With what I have been taught, I have set up my business, I set it up in 2010, and started more professionally three years ago and things has been great since then. I have clients though I have not employed but at least things are doing well, I will soon be employing people”, he said.
The Citizenship Manager of Microsoft Nigeria, Olusola Amusan who was also a facilitator at the workshop highlighted activities undertaken by Microsoft within the Middle East and Africa region to empower youth, make them relevant and useful to their countries and most importantly, to themselves.
One of such initiatives, he said, is the Microsoft Youthspark which since its launch in September 2012 has created new opportunities for 227 million young people in more than 100 countries. This includes providing cash grants and technology donations to more than 350 youth-serving non-profits in nearly 100 countries. Youthspark has reached 16.2 million youths in Middle East and Africa.
The Microsoft IT Academy Programme has more than 15,000 member institutions around the globe and more than 1,400 in the Middle East and Africa region that get access to a wide range of digital curriculum resources leading to a globally recognized certification at various levels of technology skills from beginner, intermediate up to advanced levels.
“Last year, Microsoft announced the launch of Cloud Startup Academy for Moroccan Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), a project that aims to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs by unlocking the power of cloud computing”, he said.