The 2nd edition of the SME Fest is set to take place 21st – 22nd March at the KICC in Nairobi.
The fest, curated by an SME for SMEs, aims to create a platform where businesses owners can connect with potential clients and partners and develop relationships that are critical for entrepreneurial success. Aside from networking, Dorcas Muthoni, the event director says the SME Fest additionally aims to engage wider government and private stakeholders in creating a more enabling business environment. In the latest Doing Business report released in 2016, Kenya remarkably climbed up 21 places to an overall position 92, however there is still room for further improvement.
The event already has the support of the Ministry of Trade & Industry, with the Cabinet Secretary Hon. Adan Mohammed expected to officially open the event. Other supporting partners include the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and the Strathmore Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC). Some of the sponsoring organisations include Barclays Bank, Spire Bank, SAP and Invest In Africa.
The conference features an enterprise breakfast, several panel discussions, networking lunches, an investor soko, multiple workshops and a concurrent exhibition. One of the panels discussions is expected to feature businesses drawn from the prestigious Top 100 Mid-Sized Companies, a long running initiative between KPMG Kenya and the Nation Media Group.
Some of the speakers expected at the fair include Tabitha Karanja (CEO, Keroche Breweries), Josphat Mwaura (CEO, KPMG East Africa), Patricia Ithau (Regional Director, Stanford Seed), Alex Nyaga (CEO, Parapet Group) and Malaika Judd (Co-founder, Sendy). Topics on the agenda include the vital role of SMEs in the economy, business leadership, growth financing, exports and international trade, manufacturing & value-addition, technology and the services sector.
The event is expected to attract hundreds of delegates and visitors over the two days, with some of the participating exhibitors including Equity Bank, Haco Tiger Brands, DHL, Jambo Pay and Popote Payments amongst several others.
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