The first module of the Business Skills Lab has started at Uganda Christian University School of Business. The Tanzanian company Sahara Ventures has taught students from Uganda Christian University and Uganda Martyrs University how to successfully build a business in the green sector.
What is the Business Skills Lab?
The activities of the Business Skills Lab envision the link between universities and the local labour market and integrate employability-focused moments into the universities’ curricula.
The Business Skills Lab is an intense course on how to successfully start a business and will involve a key local actor, Sahara Ventures (Tanzania), in training and supporting micro and small entrepreneurs aiming at building a new young Africa’s innovation and technology entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Moreover, the Business Skills Lab will also encourage the use of Innovation Technologies, organising practical modules about digital approaches of go to market strategy. This activity will be conducted by the Spanish company INOMA.
Another key element of the Business Skills Lab is to liaise local universities with employers and local businesses to create work experience opportunities for students. This goal will be pursued with renewable energy local company visits as well as the creation of a web platform to increase the employability of students, connecting them with local enterprises.
The Business Skills Lab will expose the students to key entrepreneurial concepts, such as: Ideation, Team Building, Product Research, Customer Validation, Design Thinking, Business Model Generation, Branding, Legal Requirements, Accounting, Management, Marketing.
The business skills lab will mainly focus on two aspects:
– Entrepreneurial Mind-set and Development of Business Plans,
– Design Thinking and Prototyping.
Group exercises, case studies, and discussion forums will help students to apply knowledge learned to real-life situations.