Work continues as usual. We have some great meetings setup with companies this week, which we hope will be successful!
Trip planning is also moving along. One of the new additions is a visit to an orphanage. This will hopefully be very interesting seeing as we don't really have that in Sweden. At least not to the same extent.
Other preparations are soon starting too. These include checking passport validity, filling up on another batch of vaccine and starting the malaria vaccine. These are smaller, but vital.
Today we were invited to The SWEACC Entrepreneurship Seminar: "Being a Swedish Entrepreneur working in East-Africa!". A fantastic seminar with three inspiring speakers:
Micael Edler, who's based in Tanzania and CEO at Bratt International AB, told his inspirational story regarding running a investment company incorporated to invest in the emerging market of East-Africa. Mikael Samuelsson spoke about how to boost local East-African entrepreneurs through a network of business-incubators. And finally, David Lenefors, CEO & Founder at Africana Travel, shared his ideas of running a safari company based in Kenya & Tanzania.
After the seminar we were given the possibility to mingle with the speakers Micael Edler and David Lenefors, the board of Sweacc (including Harald von Matérn, Chairman; Claés Torén, Board member; Emre Gürler, Board member), the founder of SWEDFUND, Anders Riedenfalk (the former Head of Trade and Commercial Affairs from the Swedish Embassay in Nairobi, Kenya), Danel Kottut (Second Councellor at the Kenyan Embassy) amongst others.
Thank you Sweacc for a very inspiring and motivating meeting!
Mehrnaz Amanat Bari and Mathias Giertz
Today we attended the East African Business Group's (AFBUS) meeting about East Africa. We got the invitation after the embassy meeting earlier this week. During the meeting the East African Entrepreneurial Program (EEP) was discussed and the branding of East Africa. A lot of interesting thoughts were raised and the meeting was very fruitful.
On a side note, we also retook our portrait photographs today and are anxiously awaiting the results.
Yesterday Mehrnaz and Niklas and I (Rickard) were at the Embassy of Kenya. We met with two representatives from the embassy and briefly introduced our project, after which they had some questions for us and we some for them.
They were thrilled that we were making a project about Kenya. They felt that information needs to be spread about Kenya and Africa as a whole, as they think the general view on Africa is just about poverty, war and diseases. That general view is something some of us have experienced first hand when we told our parents and friends that we were going there.
The meeting went very well. We will receive contacts to people with valuable information to the project and also a letter of recommendation from the embassy. We also got invited to two different seminars with embassy representatives and entrepreneurs which someone from the group will attend.
We started in school with our weekly meeting where we received our business cards fresh from the printers and discussed more about how we would approach companies. When we left the meeting it had been decided that during the coming week we would start contacting companies. Some even made arrangements to start calling together the day after.
After the meeting we took the subway to Zinkensdamm and walked a short distance to the pasta restaurant Céline on Hornsgatan. The food was great and the company was even better. After we had eaten, laughed a lot and looked at Mehrnaz's amazing MS Paint-skills we all went home. Everybody except Carl, who was ill, was present. Hopefully he will get to join the group some other time.