Sauder Social Entrepreneurship-Kenya (SSE-Kenya) is a student led four-week business skills training course held in Nairobi, Kenya, for the underprivileged youth in Kibera and Mathare. The mission of SSE is to provide participants with business tools and knowledge necessary to improve their lives and their communities. In the long-term, the training received from SSE plays a crucial role in reducing the high unemployment rate in Kibera and Mathare.
The program provides a great opportunity for UBC students to learn about other cultures, how businesses are created and developed in different contexts, and the role of education on economic development.
SSE’s goal is to fuel entrepreneurship, as participants create or improve their own business. The curriculum is foundational in nature and entrepreneurial in spirit. Using the Business Model Canvas as a template, SSE focuses on three pillars: financial management, marketing, and strategy.
From January to March, students are required to attend weekly meetings, supplementary events, and complete a set of tasks for preparation. The SSE workshops take place in Nairobi over a four-week period in June 2019. The team will arrive in Nairobi a few days before the start of the program and will depart after the graduation ceremony at the end.