Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Midlands

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Fri 13 March 2020
Friday 13 March 2020
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SSCG One Africa Network in collaboration with The Entrepreneurship Research Cluster part of The Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth at Birmingham City University (BCU) Business School invite you to the forthcoming Networking Panel Discussion on Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Midlands on Friday 13 March 2020 at Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham.

Entrepreneurial opportunities represent an important channel for economic and social participation and upward mobility, by allowing disadvantaged or marginalised groups, including young people, women, refugees, migrants, ethnic minorities and the disabled to create their own opportunities to participate in the economy. While not all startups and small businesses are innovative, new and small firms are often the driving force behind the sort of radical innovations that are important for economic growth, since they can work outside of dominant paradigms, exploit technological or commercial opportunities that have been neglected by established companies. They also enable the commercialisation of knowledge that would otherwise remain un-commercialised in universities and research organisations.

Join us at the Panel Discussion Series where our leading experts and speakers will discuss opportunities and innovative ideas to accelerate the success of BAME entrepreneurs, businesses, innovations and professionals to become the next engines of growth.


18:00 Registration and Networking

18:45 Introduction to One Africa Network (OAN)

19:00 Panel Session and Q&A:

  • Entrepreneurship and open innovation in startups and small businesses
  • Accelerating growth competitiveness of BAME small businesses and innovations in Greater Birmingham,
  • Unlocking startups potential - Generating the Next engines of economic growth.
  • Driving operation and enterprise leadership excellence
  • Finding efficiency to fuel growth , improve performance, bottom line and customer excellence

20:30 Closing Remarks

20:45 Refreshments and Open Networking


Moderator: Dennis Aguma, Partner, SSCG Consulting, Business Incubation Manager and Doctoral Researcher, Entrepreneurship, Birmingham City University.

Prof Nicholas Theodorakopoulos, Entrepreneurship Development and Head of Work and Organisation Department at Aston Business School, He is Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations, Academic Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’ and Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business PT.

Mark Abayomi Esho , black and disabled entrepreneur, founder and co-owner of both Easy Internet Services Ltd and Easy Internet Solutions Lt. and best selling author, I CAN. I WILL.: My Story of Overcoming Abuse, Disability and Racism. Winner of many Awards including first ever National Diversity Award for Business Excellence in September 2012 and the Institute of Director's East Midlands Director of the Year Awards for Inclusivity in 2019.

Dr Imani Silver Kyaruzi, CEO, Locus International, Supervisor, WMG, University of Warwick and Lecture, Ulster University.

Dr Shishank Shishank, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, Birmingham City Business School

Eugene Nizeyimana, CEO, SSCG Consulting and Chair of One Africa Network

Xiping Shinnie, Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Language and English-Chinese Interpreting at University of Birmingham and PhD (BAME Entrepreneurship) at Birmingham City University.

Byron Dixon OBE, Founder & CEO, Micro-Fresh. Mr Dixon was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to industry and innovation.

Registration required to secure a place to attend the event. Limited spaces available. Early registration recommended to avoid disappointment.



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