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07-Nov-09 - The October 2009 Information Technology (IT) Entrepreneur skills development program organized by Jidaw Systems Limited (Jidaw) was held on October 29, 2009. It was a truly exceptional experience for participants and organizer.

 

The focus was on learning about entrepreneurship opportunities in IT and how to build entrepreneurial skills that we all need. It is obvious to all that job security is dead. "If everyone is looking for jobs, who will create jobs?"

It is not just for entrepreneurs alone, even paid employees need to know be in control of their future. And they also need to know how to take accepted risk. The need for entrepreneurship skills has never been greater. Content of the practical guidance program include: Opportunity Scope/Need/Idea; Capability & Design requirements; Marketing & Promotion; Revenue Approach; Threats; Success Strategies.

Unique Entrepreneurship Education

What made it such a rich learning experience for participants and facilitator was the no holds barred manner in which thoughts were shared. And it provided an uncommon, hard-to-find opportunity to learn first hand from the real world ideas and experience of the IT Entrepreneur/Facilitator. Major issues, threats, benefits, opportunities and concerns in entrepreneurship development were tackled head-on. Challenging, exciting, provocative and stimulating. Practical sessions addressed the managing people and infrastructure challenges, as well the opportunities in the environment. Participants shared some of their experiences, concerns and doubts. And of course the matter of the unfriendly operating environment came up a few times.

It was agreed by all that "Ideas are important but the importance of resilience cannot be overemphasized". The need to manage risks practically was stressed. "We are all born to take risks. It is the human condition. I must either be a spectator or take risks in order to make my tomorrow what I want it to be."

Truly Participative

A great deal of time was spent sharing ideas and tips on idea generation, planning and utilizing a systematic, success driven approach. The icing on the cake was the breakout session that opened up success strategies in key areas. Participants discussed one on one with the facilitator and gave their own suggestions. It was truly participative.

Overall, participants shared their concerns and expectations, while getting exposed to practical routes and options.

We all need to develop entrepreneurial skills. WE ALL NEED to meet the challenges of the day and tap into the opportunities all around us. It's critical to building up our Self Reliance. Entrepreneurship is not an elite or exclusive club. It's about being better prepared to tap into the opportunities and address the challenges, mistakes and risks that are always part of the life JOURNEY TO SUCCESS. It's about creating your future; creating your legacy.

Positive Feedback

Feedback from participants was impressive. According to Alhaji Garba M.S. Sharu of GMS Network, Jos, Plateau state, "I found it highly beneficial in terms of running my current business. I was highly impressed with the facilitator and manner of lecturing." Also satisfied was Okedele Olajide, Technical Engineer involved in Computer repairs, "It is not just for IT entrepreneurs but for all manner of small business as well. I was satisfied with all areas". WHAT THEY WON'T TEACH YOU IN MBA IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY!

Beyond the SITB program, participants are now part of the Network of Aspiring and Startup Information Technology Entrepreneurs of Africa (NASITEA), an initiative developed to inspire, educate and support IT entrepreneurs in Africa. As NASITEA states, "You are the network! Through your active participation with many people with similar interests, you are contributing to improving the IT entrepreneurship community in Africa. Change your world! Let's argue, learn, laugh and share together as we become a powerful force for change. Let's make history together as You Grow Your Own!"

WE ALL NEED Entrepreneurial skills to manage people, build teams, create ideas and serve customers for Profit. WE ALL NEED Economic power.

The next IT Entrepreneur skills development program takes place on Thursday, November 26, 2009. This will be the last Success in Information Technology Business (SITB) program for the year 2009.

SITB IS NOT AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM. SITB IS NOT A GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME. IT IS NOT ABOUT EASY MONEY. SITB IS ABOUT HARD WORK - UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF IT ENTREPRENEURSHIP, IDENTIFYING THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AND INVESTING QUALITY EFFORT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

 

The purpose, mission and values of Jidaw

Developing entrepreneurs in information technology is a major objective of Jidaw. Jidaw's Mission statement states: "More Power, Better Lives and Sustainable Growth through Knowledge, Technology and quality Values".

Jidaw had the vision to develop the most comprehensive website with information on IT training, certification, careers and ICT for development  - http://www.jidaw.com Jidaw is the leading content provider of ICT news, jobs, career information and strategic insights in ICT in Nigeria.

At Jidaw Training, Career Development, Online Content and Entrepreneurship are not just business opportunities. They are avenues to make social impact and statements.

Jidaw was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the ICT Achievers Award 2005 in the Category "Top ICT SMME in Africa".

Jidaw is the originator of the IT Entrepreneurship Guide series - Success in IT Business programs and a foremost authority on IT Career development. Jidaw Systems is a NASITEA partner.

 

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Nov 7, 2009

 

Alhaji Garba M.S. Sharu of GMS Network, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria says:

 

 

I found it highly beneficial in terms of running my current business. I was highly impressed with the facilitator and manner of lecturing.

 

 


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