Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Business Plan Competions

There are several business plan competitions in progress where one stands to win funding for their idea and training. I have links to some of them but if you have any others please feel welcome to post them.

1. Ministry of Youth Affairs Chora Bizna - http://www.believe-begin-become.com/Kenya/index.asp whose deadline is end of May 2007

2. IFCs BiD Challenge Kenya SME business plan competition - http://www.bidnetwork.org/

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Acclaimed Author David Fick speaks with Benin Mwangi

I enjoyed reading Benin Mwangi's interview of David S. Fick, an American Entrepreneur who writes about the opportunities in Africa for entrepreneurship. The interview reveals David's insight into entrepreneurship in Africa: opportunities, success stories, and challenges.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

What inspired you to become an author and begin writing about Africa’s entrepreneurs?

My wife and I were guests of the people of Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia for two weeks in August 2000. We found ourselves impressed by the beauty of Africa and the hospitality of its people. The Ethiopia of 2000 reminded me of South Korea as it was in 1962 and 1963 when I had the pleasure of serving in Korea as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army’s Transportation Corps. Our suppliers were from the private sector in South Korea, and it was the local entrepreneurs who became the engines of growth for the future development of South Korea. Having graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1961 and having spent my business career (1964–1988) as an entrepreneur in Kansas, I found myself becoming interested in the opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa. Upon returning to the United States, I began researching for this study. In my search for successful entrepreneurs in Africa, I became aware of the opportunities and roadblocks that the cultural, economic, social, political, and physical environments provide in Africa. This newfound awareness has led me to search for actual or proposed projects and policy changes that are or could be of great benefit for the people of Africa and the entrepreneurial environment.


You can read the full interview here: http://beninmwangi.com/2007/05/16/writing-phenom-david-s-fick-talks-with-benin-mwangi/

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Career opportunities at Legal Publishing House

From http://www.kenyalaw.org/careers/

The National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR) is a corporate body established by the National Council for Law Reporting Act, 1994 and given the exclusive mandate of the "publication of the reports to be known as Kenya Law Reports which shall contain judgments, rulings and opinions of Superior Courts of record and also undertake such other publications as in the opinion of the Council are reasonably related to or connected with the preparation and publication of the Kenya Law Reports" (section 3)

The NCLR is looking for a highly organised and self motivated professionals to fill the following positions:

Law Reporter (1 Position) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)

Assistant Law Reporter (2 Positions) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)

Systems Administrator (1 Position) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)

Web Developer (2 Positions) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)

Proofreader (2 Positions) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)

Publishing Assistant (1 Position) (Deadline : 22 June 2007)