The Middle Boot Camp of the fourth edition of the Kenyan E4impact MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship programme took place from Monday, January 26th to Sunday, February 1st, at the Tangaza University College of Nairobi. The MBA is a postgraduate course designed to train impact entrepreneurs in emerging countries.
The Middle Boot Camp, an intensive week of lectures, group projects and moments of mentorship and coaching, is designed to help participants hone their MBA Business Model with a view to the Business Model Competition, where each entrepreneur presents his/her project in front of a panel of experts.
During the Middle Boot Camp, the 34 MBA participants attended courses including Business Strategy and Scaling, Social Impact Measurement and Entrepreneurial Finance, delivered by an international faculty made up of lecturers from ALTIS – the Postgraduate School of Business & Society of the Università Cattolica, the University of Tangaza College and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
In addition to lectures and interactive group work, participants benefited from special sessions of mentorship and coaching on the Business Model, held by Business Coach, Bikundo Onary, from the Programme Leader, David Cheboryot, the professor of strategy, Benedict Cannatelli, and guest mentors: Felix Kimaru of Totohealth and Tom Osborn from Green Char.
The morning of January 31st saw the long-awaited Business Model Competition, where participants compete with projects from different business sectors, specifically Agribusiness, Business Services, Craft & Ecotourism and Education & Training. A panel dedicated to each sector, consisting of investors, entrepreneurs, managers, representatives of associations, institutions and the business community, determined who the winners were. The four finalists were then “challenged” before all of the 27 judges .
The overall winner of the Business Model Competition was Lucy Kapkirwok, founder and CEO of Sanpad Products, an import and marketing enterprise (soon also to be producers) of a particular type of underwear integrating sanitary napkins. Lucy distributes this product not only in Nairobi, but also to the poorest women in rural areas of the Rift Valley and the provinces of the north and east of Kenya.
In second place was Sebastian Nkoa Ayissi with Antropos Finance, a microfinance institution for micro entrepreneurship in the Central African Republic. In third place were Lucy Mayer, founder of Bubayi Products Ltd, a company that sells seeds to the farmers of western Kenya. Fourth place was awarded to Judy Ogana, for her GoDown Arts Center, an online platform containing information on art and culture.
The finalists have been awarded the services of consulting and coaching at the newly-created Center for Social Impact of Nairobi, the first “incubator” focused on social enterprises where, at the end of the competition, a special lunch – an event designed to encourage networking – was attended by the class, the staff of the MBA and the judges .
A period of distance learning now awaits the participants, who will be able to practise what they have learned during this intensive period, and work in more depth on their business models in preparation for the next classroom session, set for late March.