Wadhwani Foundation launched its two key Initiatives, ‘National Entrepreneurship Network’ and ‘Global Skills Network’ in East Africa in March of 2016. The goal is to strengthen the high growth entrepreneurship and skilling ecosystem in East Africa. This includes Tanzania and the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Over the last decade, WF NEN has demonstrated a highly successful and replicable model that facilitates entrepreneurship and job creation through partnerships with colleges and universities, entrepreneur support organizations, and mentor and investor community in several countries. On the other hand, WF GSN focuses on enhancing the quality of teaching and training so that more students can be job-ready.
WF NEN in Tanzania:
WF NEN develops the ecosystem for new entrepreneurs through supporting Entrepreneurship Education. It also facilitates the Startup & SME eco-system through furthering their access to knowledge, mentor and investor resources.
The scalable model of WF NEN, its resources and IP are contextualized for emerging economies and regions. WF NEN works in entrepreneurship in Tanzania through its partnerships with relevant entities. It has signed a partnership MoU with the Kampala International University and University of Dar-es-salaam to support the introduction of entrepreneurship education to thousands of students. WF NEN is looking to expand its partnerships in Tanzania and the region.[…]
WF NEN’s current focus in E Africa is to advance the availability of high quality entrepreneurship education. This will help inspire students to be entrepreneurs, enable them to develop entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and experience increasing their ability and propensity to startup.
· Cloud based LearnWise platform – enables blended learning delivered via a campus · Wadhwani E-Cells on campus – enables student run entrepreneurship club activities · Campus Companies – enables startup experience when on campus · Networking on nen.org – enables development of networks of peers and experts
Startup & SME
WFNEN’s programs to support Startups and SMEs are delivered through its partnership with experts – investors, mentors, educators & coaches. More specifically, these are focused on some key areas that impact Startups and SMEs including: · Tools for Growth – structured set of learning workshops & clinics · LearnWise platform – self-paced learning from practitioners on practical aspects of starting and growing a business · MentorWise platform – access to mentors based on specific needs of the entrepreneur · FundWise platform – access to investors based on readiness of the company
Educators and Facilitators
Entrepreneurship education is challenging and demands not just conceptual understanding of venture creation and growth, but an ability to integrate practitioners’ perspective and insights into the learning process.
To overcome this challenge, WF NEN provides 3-fold support for educators and or educational institutions:
1. E Content for entrepreneurship development developed with practitioners for emerging economies
2. LearnWise technology platform to facilitate blended learning by the faculty facilitators and educators
3. Development program and content for Faculty facilitators and Educators to enable them to acquire conceptual knowledge on entrepreneurship and facilitation skills using e content
Entrepreneurs face enormous challenges in running and growing a startup – be it raising capital, hiring a team, or acquiring customers. An effective way to overcome these challenges lies in finding motivated and compatible mentors who can provide them the critical skills, knowledge and motivation they need.
The WF NEN Mentor Platform brings a carefully selected network of qualified mentors, established experts, professionals and entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting country’s high-potential entrepreneurs.
Join the NEN Mentor Network Are you interested in mentoring an emerging or growth entrepreneur? Join the network and tell us a bit about yourself, and we will get in touch with you.
Wadhwani Foundation launched its Skills Initiative, the Global Skills Network (GSN) in Tanzania to support the development of a stronger and skilled workforce. WF GSN believes that skilling for sustainable entry level jobs is critical for the advancement of a strong workforce.
Wadhwani Foundation has signed a MoU with the Vocation Education Training Authority (VETA) to help thousands of students in the Youth Polytechnics in Tanzania. WF GSN is also focusing on supporting the development of stronger vocational teachers who can improve the quality of training through use of modern learning tools including eContent.[…]
www.wfgsn.org is a platform that provides employability led skills development content through blended learning modes using eContent and experiential training
Training programs and content for developing highly effective and motivated teachers of vocational education