SSE Kenya

SSE Kenya is a student-led, four-week course delivered in Kenya each summer. It covers the different aspects of business and entrepreneurship through ten workshops. Teaching methods include lessons, presentations, activities, exercises, and guest speaker sessions.

The course is free to small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs in the poorest areas of Nairobi, Kenya. It helps them improve and fine-tune their social enterprise ideas. Entrepreneurship in these areas is a way for people to lift themselves out of poverty, and help their local communities. Student volunteers mentor, teach, work in a team setting, and take part in tours, safaris and other activities in the region.

The program is a great opportunity for students to learn about other cultures, how businesses are created and grow in different contexts, and the role of education, mentorship, and volunteerism on economic development.


The Experience

Reanna Sidhu

“The participants all wanted to lift themselves, their families and their local communities out of poverty. Being able to change lives, even in a small way, through teaching business skills was very rewarding."

- Reanna Sidhu, 3rd Year BCom student

Read how UBC Sauder student Reanna Sidhu stepped out of her comfort zone to travel to Kenya and help Nairobi’s shantytown entrepreneurs refine their business ideas and shape better futures for them and their families.

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Who Can Get Involved?

  • Residents of Nairobi or the surrounding areas between the ages of 18-35 with an idea for a business venture that can have a social impact.
  • UBC student volunteers who want to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and social entrepreneurial spirit with Kenyan youths and business owners.
  • Potential sponsors and donors interested in contributing toward various project and team costs.

The Workshops

  • Introduction to the Business Plan - part 1
  • Introduction to the Business Plan - part 2
  • Market Analysis
  • Revenues and Expenses
  • Cash Flows
  • The Marketing Plan
  • Selling Your Business Plan (Financing)
  • Daily Operations
  • Bringing it All Together
  • What Happens Next?

The Location

The program is taught in two locations in Nairobi—Kibera and Mathare. Kibera is one of the most studied areas in Africa with estimated population of over 1-million people in just 2.5 square km. In 2012, The Economist called Kibera a “Boomtown slum.” Mathare is home to around 500,000 people in area of only three square miles. It is one of the oldest and most disadvantaged communities in Kenya.

Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Kenya
  Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Kenya
  Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Kenya

How to Get Involved

If you are a UBC student, apply to join the UBC team going to Nairobi, or contact us to help us raise money for the program. If you are a resident of Nairobi with a business idea, or a potential donor or sponsor, we’d also love to hear from you.

Important Dates

There will be an information session Tuesday November 13, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30pm in Henry Angus room 492. Application for this year's program opens Monday October 1, 2018 and closes Sunday November 18, 2018.

Workshops in Nairobi take place over a four-week period in June 2019. The team arrives in Nairobi a few days before the start of the program and leaves after the graduation ceremony at the end of the four weeks. There will be weekly preparation meetings in February and March 2019.



Meet the Team

  Jeff Kroeker
  Tom Ross
  Colleen Poeta
  Jeff Kroeker
Program Director
 Tom Ross
PhD, Academic Advisor
Colleen Poeta
B.Com, CPA,
Program Coordinator

  Mr. Kroeker is a Lecturer in the Accounting and Information Systems Division at UBC Sauder.
Dr. Ross holds the UPS Foundation Professorship in Regulation and Competition Policy at UBC Sauder.   
Ms. Poeta is Program Coordinator for SSE Kenya.