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One Africa Network: Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Midlands

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Bantu Lounge

74 John Bright St

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Harnessing and Accelerating African and Minorities Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation in Greater Birmingham

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Entrepreneurial opportunities can represent an important channel for economic and social participation and upward mobility, by allowing disadvantaged or marginalised groups, including young people, women, refugees, migrants, ethnic minorities and the disabled, to create their own opportunities to participate in the economy. While not all SMEs are innovative, new and small firms are often the driving force behind the sort of radical innovations that are important for economic growth, since they can work outside of dominant paradigms, exploit technological or commercial opportunities that have been neglected by established companies or enable the commercialisation of knowledge that would otherwise remain un-commercialised in universities and research organisations.

Join us at One Africa Network Business Networking Panel Discussion Series where we will discuss opportunities and innovative idea to accelerate the success of African entrepreneurs, businesses, innovations and professionals to become the next engines of growth.

AGENDA:

18:00 Registration and Networking

18:50 Introduction to One Africa Network (OAN)

19:00 Panel Session and Q&A: Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation -Accelerating Growth Competitiveness of African Small Businesses and Innovations in Greater Birmingham, Generating the Next Engines of Economic Growth.

20:00 Refreshments and Open Networking

PANELLISTS:

Chair: Dennis Aguma, Partner, SSCG Consulting, Business Incubation Manager and Doctoral Researcher, Entrepreneurship, Birmingham City University.

Prof Nicholas Theodorakopoulos, Entrepreneurship Development and Head of Work and Organisation Department at Aston Business School, He is Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations, Academic Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’ and Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business PT.

Mark Abayomi Esho , black and disabled entrepreneur, founder and co-owner of both Easy Internet Services Ltd and Easy Internet Solutions Lt. and best selling author, I CAN. I WILL.: My Story of Overcoming Abuse, Disability and Racism. Winner of many Awards including first ever National Diversity Award for Business Excellence in September 2012 and the Institute of Director's East Midlands Director of the Year Awards for Inclusivity in 2019.

Dr Imani Silver Kyaruzi, CEO, Locus International, Supervisor, WMG, University of Warwick and Lecture, Ulster University.

Xiping Shinnie, Lecturer of Chinese Language at University of Birmingham and PhD (BAME Entrepreneurship) at Birmingham City University.

Registration required to secure a place to attend the event. Limited spaces available. Early registration recommended to avoid disappointment.

ONE AFRICA NETWORK - CONNECTING PEOPLE, IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND PROSPERITY

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