One Africa Business Network: Boosting Entrepreneurship & SME Growth in the.

Fri, 27 September 2019 18:00 – 22:00

Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in economic development and the wider eco-system of firms in the UK and remains a major source of net job creation. Thus a sound business environment and a well-functioning entrepreneurial “eco-system” for business matter to foster participation of SMEs and entrepreneurs. In addition, entrepreneurial opportunities represent an important channel for economic and social participation and upward mobility, by allowing entrepreneurs, disadvantaged or marginalized groups, including young people, women, migrants, diasporas, ethnic minorities and the disabled, to create their own opportunities to participate in the economy. However, many African and black entrepreneurs and SMEs continues to face a mix of challenges which inhibit their positive participation and contribution in the UK economy.

Join us at our next business networking in Birmingham as we discuss and identify innovative solutions and ideas to accelerate the success of African small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Midlands, connect and enhance social economic circles with like minded professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders.


18:00 Registration and Networking

18:50Introduction to One Africa Network (OAN)

19:00Panel Session and Q&A: Boosting Black/African (BA) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and SME Growth in the Midlands.

20:00Refreshments and Open Networking


Professor Amon Chizema, International expert in corporate leadership and Professor of Strategy and Corporate Governance, University of Birmingham.

Kanayo Eruchalu, Principal Business Growth Coach at Action Coach, Director at Sinnergy and Fmr Consultant at Deutsche Bank, BP and British American Tobacco.

Cllr Celia Hibbert, Councillor for Penn, Wolverhampton, Community Champion in equal opportunities, meritocracy and Youth empowerment.

Jamila Davis, Senior Business Development Manager, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC).

Zoe Bennett, International Award Winner Inspirational Speaker, Event Host, Author, Entrepreneur and Founder of a Business Development Training Personified Company and The Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards (MBCC).

Dennis Aguma, Partner at SSCG Consulting, Doctoral researcher and a part-time lecturer in entrepreneurship facilitator at Birmingham City University and business incubation manager; and the Founder of the Association of Student Enterprises (NASE).

Meddy Ssegawa, Social Entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of Zenj Integrated Services

More Panellists tbc

The event will provide opportunities to inspire others, exchange experience, knowledge, insights, innovative ideas and business opportunities to help become competitive in the market place and unlock new opportunities. Opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs to meet new clients, showcase products and services. Professionals to socialise, strengthen relationships and boost social confidence.

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

Who Attend Our Meetings

– Government officials, Community and Industry leaders looking to strengthen leadership and address economic challenges.
– Entrepreneurs seeking to build new connections, promote innovative ideas and create new clients
– Professionals looking to establish new relationships and learn from their peers new career opportunities and cutting workplace tips.
– Businesses looking to promote products and services, create and capture new sources of value and clients
– Institutional and Private Investors looking for the smartest and inclusive investment opportunities
– Academia looking to share knowledge and gathers market insights
– Students and out of work individuals searching for the best step to take next
– Individuals looking for inspirational, mentoring and life guidance

About One Africa Network

One Africa Network (OAN) is a unique club of African business professionals, leaders, innovators, academia, investors and entrepreneurs established with a mandate to accelerate global competitiveness and broaden thought thinking amongst members through networking, sharing of knowledge, insights, best practices and innovative ideas to market challenges. In doing so, OAN not only hope to harness the empowerment of the members by deepening connections but also to accelerate their business, career and professional potential, promote the understanding and appreciation of the diversity of African markets, investment opportunities, business culture, unique heritage and creativity. More

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