Training on entrepreneurship and business plan development

Benefit-SBN in collaboration with Central Gondar Zone Industry and Investment Department organised a two-day training on entrepreneurship and business plan development for six entrepreneurs who are engaged in value addition activities related to sesame, from the 10th– 11th of June 2019.

In the first day of the training participants have learnt about characteristics of entrepreneurship, business canvas model, value chain and marketing. The second day covers topics such as SWOT analysis, business ideas and making plans for business, marketing, organisation and management and finance. In both days, exercises were given to participants so that they can better understand the concepts presented. Participants did a SWOT analysis of their organiations based on the inputs they have got from the training and presented it to the participants. They have got comments from the facilitators on what they did.

Participants provided a positive feedback about the training. They said the training helped them get new knowledge and insights about business plan development.  Mr. Belayneh Guadie from Central Gondar Zone Industry and Investment Department said he has learnt important lessons not only from the presentations of the facilitators but also from the exercises, discussions and comments given from participants and facilitators.

Mr. Alemu Temesgen, from Central Gondar Zone Industry and Investment Department, one of the facilitator of the training appreciated the participants concern and commitment. He said the contents could have taken much time but it was possible to cover large portion within a short time. He added the small size of trainees allowed for having two-way interaction and lively discussion. He however mentioned that the time was very short to cover all the important points.

Participants were convened from Workamba Seed Producer Cooperative, Fasil Bakery from Gondar, Yenegew Tesfa Charity from Bahir Dar, Western and Central Gondar Zone Industry and Investment Departments.