The Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) , SEED and BSpace Program with support from SWITCH Africa Green successfully organized a 3 day interactive training course for a select 18 consultants on the IBA-SEED tool kit, essential and recognized skills for Inclusive Business consultancy. The training which ran from 22nd-24th February was conducted by Benjamin van der Hilst ( IBA Netherlands), Magdalena Kloibhofer (SEED) and coordinated by BSpace who are the IBA’s sole appointed representative in Uganda.The participants who completed the training are now eligible to formally apply for IBA certification and are one step closer to becoming the preferred advisors for the IBA clients.
The IBA-SEED toolkit specifically targets existing businesses that would like to improve their operations . The tool kit is built upon the experience of the IB Accelerator partners and SEED, but also includes adaptations of publicly available tools such as the Business Model Canvas.
We recently caught up with Dominic Ruhangayebare an affiliate Consultant with BSpace who participated in the training . In the interview below, he talks to our Communications and Project’s Associate, Agwang Aidah about his experience at the training, the impact it has had on him since and his future plans:
AA: Tell us about yourself and why it was crucial that you participate in the IBA training?
DR:My Name is Dominic Ruhangayebare, a market research affiliate consultant with B-Space. I was one of the participants at the IBA training that attracted a number of consultants across diverse fields.
For starters, the training was timely in that it equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to empower entrepreneurs to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot their business models and also validate the assumptions for them to produce business plans using the Business Model Canvas (BMC) .Furthermore as a result of the training i was empowered to become an IBA fellow and mentor on IBA ventures thus connecting me on a global platform where i can share ideas and knowledge with others.The training also helped me in networking with my peers (fellow participants) and sharing of opportunities.
AA: How was the selection process for you as one of the successful applicants of the training?
A call for applications was sent out and the eligibility criteria included among others that the applicants had to have experience or strong interest in working on green and Inclusive Business topics with SMEs in Uganda ,experience or strong interest in providing business management & capacity building and a relevant degree in relevant academic or business field.The candidates who met the criteria were then selected.
AA: Tell us about the training delivery , what did you find unique about it?
The training was mostly participatory with group work sessions. Groups were asked to do specific tasks based on case studies and thereafter update the Business Model Canvas (BMC).Everyone was encouraged to participate and presentations were made , ideas shared and feedback given.
We were also asked to pitch business case studies and all the participants were able to give their feedback about the process. So many diverse innovative ideas were shared ,networking and interaction among the participants was high , the content and teaching methodologies were excellent.
The most important unique thing about the training was that it enabled the participants to take the theory and put it into practice by applying what was taught into our business case studies The training also enabled participants to design practical solutions to Inclusive Business problems by applying the principles of social entrepreneurship in order to contribute to the economic and social development of the Base Of the Pyramid(BoP) markets.
AA: Which new skills acquired from this training will you be applying to your role going forward?
DR: The training enabled me to identify training needs that will have a positive impact on the Inclusive Businesses that i work with. It will also help me design innovative solutions geared at promoting inclusive growth in the BOP markets . I am also now equipped to conduct Inclusive Business accelerator program to young entrepreneurs thus increasing the impact.
AA:What are you planning to do with the skills that you have acquired from the training?
DR: After the training, i plan to apply to become a certified IBA trainer and also follow up by implementing reinforcement programs with assessment and training. Most importantly i plan to work with BSpace and IBA to roll out the Inclusive Business Accelerator and enable young entrepreneurs create a niche for their customers, access renown coaches and experts across different fields to help them build financially viable business models and also get resources and an opportunities to attract investors.
AA: Any last words to our readers?
DR: My dream is for such training to be rolled out to rural based Inclusive Business SMEs .It was not just a process of training but a real journey of transformation. It was full of thoughts, tools, strategies and relevant content, knowledge and wisdom, a well thought and well organized training with a purpose.