Entrepreneurs who participated in a recent “Breakfast with Entrepreneurs” held as part of the Entrepreneurship Excellence Week have noted that mentorship is key for the development of entrepreneurial skills among students. This was reiterated when selected students of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) were entreated to an interaction with some prominent entrepreneurs organised by the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurs present at the event included: Andy Adjetey – Founder of Qualiseed Limited; Richard Nana Amoako- CEO Freight Masters Shipping; Florence Nana Aba Appiah - La Bouche; Makafui Azasu – Partner, Sogacity Farms; Cecelia Oye Danso – Founder, Zoe Pharmaceuticals; Jacqueline Afua Christian – Agroyard Ltd; John Dumelo – Actor, Farmer & Philanthropist and; Dr. Valcory Kippo – Geologist/Entrepreneur.
In an effort to bridge gaps between students and entrepreneurs, each entrepreneur was stationed at a table, with a group of students engaging in conversation over the course of the meal. Conversations were open, as everyone had the opportunity to contribute to the discourses for the day’s event. Some students spoke about the struggles and successes as businesspersons; they exchanged ideas and even stepped forward to give fellow students few pointers from their own experiences.
Although the entrepreneurs were from diverse backgrounds, the recurring theme across board was the importance of mentorship and guidance for young businesspersons. Each entrepreneur stressed the importance of having a second opinion and seeking counsel before making tough decisions.
Mr. Richard Nana Amoako, the CEO of Freight Masters Shipping, stressed the importance of mentorship to his group as fundamental in the “prevention of some irreversible mistakes, that might have life-changing consequences.”
The interactive session ended with a photo session and further questions from students who engaged with entrepreneurs one on one for further in-depth discussions.
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