The SME Fest is convened by OpenBusiness Africa in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the private sector apex and umbrella body bringing together the business community in a single voice to engage and influence public policy for an enabling business environment and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives (MoITC), the principal Government ministry coordinating, encouraging, promoting and enabling an environment for a globally competitive, sustainable, industrial, enterprise and co-operative sector.
Venue: University of Nairobi, UoN Tower, Chandaria Performing Arts Hall
Dates: 19th – 20th September 2018
Time: 8.00AM: 5.00PM
Motto: “Growing Together, SME for SME ”
SME Fest brings together a network consisting of key leaders and organizations in various sectors and thought leaders in the SME sector who aim to see the growth of intra-country and intra-Africa trade spearheaded by SMEs. SME Fest 2018, the third event edition, is special B2B trade platform that will convene over 500-curated attendees featuring business icons, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry leaders from various enterprises and institutions, both national and regional, in a 2-day Intra-African trade festival.
The curated group of 500 attendees will be gathering for two days of targeted business networking and growth opportunities. Exceptional speakers, business success experts, leading entrepreneurs, investors, media and the Africa’s most promising SMEs & startups will come together for this most trendsetting Intra-African business gathering.
Over 1000 business owners from over 10 countries have attended SME Fest since the inaugural event in 2016. Out of these, 67% said they would definitely recommend the event to friends and colleagues. 68% of business owners who attended the last event said they were extremely likely to attend future events. 80% SMEs who participated in our pre-event study are looking for business growth solutions, networking and ways to increase their sales.
The motto of the SME Fest event is “Growing Together, SME for SME ”.
The event offers exhibition, business workshops, conference, business matchmaking and networking opportunities.
The SME Fest 2018 covers: –
- 2 Day SME Success Conference
- 2 Business Workshops/Masterclasses
- 2 Days of Business Exhibitions
- 2 Days of Business Networking and Matchmaking Sessions
- 2 Days of SME Business Clinics
- Big Four Agenda – Trade Facilitation Pavilion
- Big Four Agenda – KEPSA/KAM/KAAA
The SME Success Conference is the largest local SME business forum featuring a Keynote Address, Plenary Sessions, Panels of Experts, Case Study Presentations and Business Networking Sessions. In attendance, will be leading business icons – all of who will be ready to mingle with business owners during the business networking sessions. Case Study Presentations will examine homegrown SME success stories – you’ve never heard before in the region! In the business workshops/masterclasses, we delve deep into how to get things where you will take away practical tips to apply in your business. Our SME business workshops feature Master Classes, Hands-On Exercises, Case Study Reviews and SME Business Clinics.
We know that people value gatherings most depending on whom they meet. At our events we introduce the right business people to each other. We provide Unique Business Networking by pre-arranged meetings with sponsors, investors and potential customers offering you opportunities to develop mutually beneficial commercial relationships with well-screened and matched local, regional and international partners.
SME SUCCESS CONFERENCE Program
Once again, SMEs are about to miss the boat. The government has assigned KES. 400 Billion to the Big Four Agenda in the 2018/2019 budget. SME business owners are going beyond mere passion of creating a business to transforming our society through innovation, creating job opportunities and a vibrant economy. Being smart about the impact of key government economic transformation agenda can catapult your business.
SME Fest 2018 SUCCESS CONFERENCE will inspire, excite and challenge you for the Big Four Agenda and the opportunities it creates in manufacturing, agribusiness and agroindustry value chains. Join your business peers for this two day programme designed to guide SME business owners through the economic development and business opportunities emerging from government Big Four Agenda policies and strategies. Explore how by putting your business aligned with this key government agenda can provide your new business lifeline and expose you to Intra-African trade opportunities.