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USP ENTREPRENEURIAL FAIR 2018

  • “Entrepreneurship is YOUR CAREER choice”
    19 – 23 February, 2018

    The University of the South Pacific with its diverse student background understands the need to encourage and assist its students, graduates and members of the community to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and relevant skills. Due to the growing importance of the need to develop and promote entrepreneurial awareness and skills for all our stakeholders in Fiji, The University of the South Pacific, in 2018, will be organizing its first standalone Annual Entrepreneurial Fair from the 19-23 February, 2018. 

    In one inspiring week, USP’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Fair will bring together an amazing group of influencers and successful entrepreneurs (both local and overseas), as well as NGOs and government stakeholders (including the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism representatives)   to share their unconventional and in some cases their unexpected insights into what it takes to launch, fund, sustain and grow a small and medium business. The week long program will not only be open to USP students and alumni, but to the general public as well, considering the importance of promoting entrepreneurship to the community of Fiji.

    The week long program will include entrepreneurial skills development sessions, motivational speeches from successful entrepreneurs (overseas and local), funding options and various small/medium business development topics. 

Social Networking (USP WOT EVA BAR) (Live Music by Natalie Raikadroka – A Local Young Entrepreneur) Free Rum & Cola drinks sponsored by Paradise Beverages

Programme

MONDAY 19 FEB, 2018

MONDAY 19 FEB, 2018

Time

         Session Details

2:00pm - 3:15pm

Entrepreneurial Fair Opening Program

  • Introductions: Mr Semi Bilitaki, USP
  • Garlanding of the Chief Guest & Keynote Speaker
  • Introduction of the Chief Guest: Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources: Mr Brad Carte. Deputy Director Pacific TAFE 
  • Address from  Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources
  • Introduction of the Keynote Speaker, Mr Pic Picot, Managing Director – Pic’s Peanut Butter 
  • Screening of a short film – Pic’s Peanuts
  • Keynote Address, Mr Pic Picot, Managing Director – Pic’s Peanut Butter
  • Interactive Question and Answer time
  • Vote of thanks & Closing: Mr Pratish Raj, USP

 

3.45pm – 4pm

Introducing the week’s program, expectations and what you will get out of it: PIPSO

 

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Session Theme: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of being an Entrepreneur

Always wanted to be your own boss and run your own business?? A resounding YES !! Then what does it take to get your idea to be your money maker? In this session, we take you through what are the ‘good’ things about starting your own business venture and what are some of the (potentially) great things that lie ahead. At the same time, there are also some ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’ things that challenges one in this entrepreneurial journey and we examine these with you.  Two local entrepreneurs will join us in this session and share their story with us. You will have the opportunity to also ask them questions to get a better understanding of the more practical and hands-on issues in starting your business.

 

3:45pm

The Good: PIPSO

  • Introduction
  • Why start your own business?
  • Characteristics of entrepreneurs and breaking this down to your benefit.
  • Differentiating your product/service as you start your business?
  • The early wins, positives, and must haves.

Entrepreneurs Journey:

Ms. Rose Narawa, Owner and Creator of The Entrepreneur Magazine

Mr. Sikipio Fihaki, Owner, of Niu Grillz

 

4:30pm

The Bad and The Ugly: PIPSO

  • Why businesses fail? What are some things to look out for?
  • The lonely journey into entrepreneurship 
  • Using failure and lessons learned to your advantage?

 

 

5:00pm

Interactive Session: Question & Answers

Day Ends at 6:00PM

 

TUESDAY 20 FEB, 2018

TUESDAY 20 FEB, 2018

Time

Session Details

4:00pm-6:00pm : Session Theme:  Succeeding as an Entrepreneur – Essential Attitudes

Still wondering whether you are cut out to be an entrepreneur? The journey of an entrepreneur is not for the feeble hearted, it is laced with challenges as we’ve learned in Day 1. Succeeding as an entrepreneur warrants a shift of attitude to that of being passionate, persistent, and determined to see your business through. Successful entrepreneurs are also good at asking for help when they need it. This session will take us through the essentials of being an entrepreneur, including how to find a good mentor who will mentor and coach you as your business grows.

4:00pm

 

  • Challenges and Opportunities for MSMEs.
  • What kind of entrepreneur are you vs where you want to be?
  • Essential Attitudes of successful entrepreneurs: Patience, persistence, passion, drive, desire, determination
  • Motivation and Inspiration : Keep on going
  • Asking for Help – Mentoring, Coaching, Networking and Finding the right people
  • Learning from Other and from our mistakes
  • Supportive Networks 
  • Creating your own toolbox – be agile and travel light
  • Celebrating success and acknowledging others

Mr. Chris Elphick
Breadfruit  Consulting

Interactive Session: Question & Answers

Day Ends at 6:00pm 

 

WEDNESDAY 21 FEB, 2018

WEDNESDAY 21 FEB, 2018

Time

Session Details

4:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme: Entrepreneurship 101 - Is It Worth the Risk?

You have started your business (whether informal or formal/registered) and you are processing that ‘what next to do’. Where is the checklist and what should I be focusing on? This interactive session will map out key items for you to consider as you start your business (or plan to grow your business), looking into business planning and marketing strategies, networking and seeking business opportunities etc. In addition, engaging in any activity often poses risks but in business-what are these risks and how do I even begin to understand them and try to address them? Business risks are many – most associate these to financial risk and losing money and investments – but there are other risks – eg. Operational, Compliance, Environmental etc – how to put these into perspective without overwhelming myself and my business.

4:00pm

 

  • Writing Business Plan/Business Canvas: PIPSO
  • Business Structures
  • Assessing Markets and your Strategy 
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Protecting your idea and/or product/service – copyrights, intellectual property, patents etc: Mr Pita Katia (Lawyer)
  • Understanding the customs and  tax requirements: FRCS

 

5:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey:

Ms. Kim Beddoes, Managing Director, Party & Events Fiji /Sports & Events Management

Mr. Apenisa Vodo, Owner, The Big Green Salad

Day Ends at 6:00pm

THURSDAY 22 FEB, 2018

THURSDAY 22 FEB, 2018

Time          

Session Details

4:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme : Cluster Development for Pacific SMEs

Businesses nowadays are not working in isolation. Many are collaborating and finding ways to leverage off each other to reduce costs and maximize opportunities; and this includes working with competitors. Cluster development is a business concept that encourages interconnected businesses in a particular location to work more together to increase competition, and thereby productivity, efficiencies and income.  This session introduces you to clustering and to consider ways in which this may work for you and your business.

4:00pm 


4:30pm

 

What is Clustering ? PIPSO

How it can work for you and your business here in Fiji and the Pacific.

Screening: short film of PIPSO Clustering 

5:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: On the Couch

Mr. Epeli Tuibeqa, Fashion Designer, Samson Lee Designs

Ms. Natalie Raikadroka, Singer/Performing Artist

Day Ends at 6:00PM

FRIDAY 23 FEB, 2018

FRIDAY 23 FEB, 2018

Time

Session Details

4:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme: Mobilizing Resources for your Business Idea – Where to go and who to talk to.

Funding and access to capital, especially cash, is critical for one starting a business and most startups encounter difficulties in obtaining the much needed funds to kick start their business operations. This session is to provide information on some funding and grants opportunities currently available through government, and financial institutions. It also offers an opportunity to brainstorm about being innovative about mobilising and/or sourcing alternative funding and technical assistance. 

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Entrepreneurial Presentation: Restaurant Services/Catering/food management business

 

4.00pm – 6.00 pm

Panelists/Presenters:

Entrepreneurs Journey: Api Kurusiga

YES Seed Funding – Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade: MIIT Representative

The Fiji Development Bank - Funding and grants opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises: FDB Representative

Supporting community enterprises through small grants: Oxfam  

Networking and supporting business platform: Young Entrepreneurs Council Fiji 

Talanoa Session with Local Entrepreneurs

Official Program Ends at 6:00PM 

Social Networking (USP WOT EVA BAR) (Live Music by Natalie Raikadroka – A Local Young Entrepreneur)


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