United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc says it will this month host its business fair, #theUBAmarketplace2019, alongside an African entrepreneurship event, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum in Abuja.
UBA says it hosting over 20,000 visitors, 100 small and medium enterprises and leading private and public sector players from across Africa, at what the bank says will be the continent’s biggest entrepreneurial fair, in Abuja, Nigeria.
The event, which will be held on July 26-27, 2019, on the side-line of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, will host businesses and business owners in various industries including food, fashion, beauty, home/interior and gadgets.
Business owners will also have their businesses transformed and dreams for their business come to fruition, the bank says.
Kennedy Uzoka, Group Managing Director, UBA said in a statement made available to Technology Times that “UBA has always been at the forefront of entrepreneurship across Africa, undertaking many projects aimed at contributing to supporting Africa’s growth and economic integration. The birth of the UBAmarketplace and this entrepreneurial fair is a testament to our commitment to African SMEs”
UBA seeks to connect with small business owners while positively affecting the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond, Udoka says.
“I think everyone realises the fact that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude”, accord to the UBA MD.
The bank says the event will offer plenary sessions and discussions on the small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) sector and the relevance of financing. The plenary sessions will highlight entertainment and music industries. Likewise, fashion, a big cultural and revenue attraction on the continent, will be showcased with the designs of 10 leading African labels, acording to UBA.
At the master-class sessions to be held during the UBAmarketplace2019, small and medium scale businesses will have opportunity to network and get solutions to some of the challenges they face in running their businesses.
Also, entrepreneurs who are beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation will be presented a platform to pitch their businesses with a grand prize of a grant, courtesy of UBA, the bank said.