ABM University College has launched its Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Gapatshwa - a few kilometres north-west of Gaborone. The Kenyan High Commissioner to Botswana Jean Kimani officiated at the event which drew leaders of various industries and government. The theme of the two-day conference was ‘Entrepreneurship; Key to sustainable development’ with the highlight being a panel discussion moderated by the Specially Elected MP Bogolo Kenewendo. Panelists were Business Botswana Vice President Gobusamang Keebine, BIH’s Boshwaen, Tin City CEO Tony Tabona and Stanbic Bank Botswana CEO Leina Gabaraane who all implored the students to work hard to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. The students appreciated their university for bringing all key players to them to empower them as they upcoming entrepreneurs. ABM University College Executive Director Daisy Mmabatho Molefhi said they aim to create 10 young millionaires in 10 years through the centre. She recognised the opening of the centre as a huge milestone in their history because they have had that dream for many years. She said they have done a lot to grow entrepreneurship in the country as shown by the courses they offer. However their students and alumni have a place to do their products and display them, after graduating, she regretted. She shared the challenges and difficulties that she faced as a young Motswana, a woman and mother when she was establishing the university. She endured years of struggle, at times having no money to pay employees.
There was also a parallel workshop for the students to give feedback. When asked how they rated the conference most agreed that it indeed deserved a 10/10 because they learnt a lot from the experts. Kenyan High Commissioner congratulated Molefhi for the passion she has shown and for launching this at a critical time in the quest to diversify and transform the economy. Kimani said higher entrepreneurial skills were vital to ensure a higher growth rate of the economy. “Fostering entrepreneurship is a priority for governments and the private sector and that is the only way to create economic growth and new jobs, alleviate poverty and have more revenue,” she said. Kimani said it was very clear that the centre will offer the students opportunities, but they should make sure that they use what they learn to nurture their innovation. “Be ready to sit for hours to nurture those ideas because even in my country the government is not employing or even the private sector, so make products that you will sell to these people because there are always opportunities and there are millionaires in this continent under the age of 30,” she said.