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Entrepreneurs make employment grow

Dagmar Honsbein

Dagmar Honsbein

Against the background of staggering unemployment, the Namibia Business Innovation Centre says their presence at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair is important. Reaching out to entrepreneurs from all parts of the country would contribute to a gradual decrease in the high unemployment rate.
Dagmar Honsbein, managing director of the NBIC said “the NBIC believes that entrepreneurs are the future of Namibia. That is why the centre aims to reach out to different parts of the country to impart knowledge, give mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs to develop skills and create job opportunities for the unemployed.”
The NBIC alongside other business organisations is present at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair which begun 24 August and runs until Saturday, 1 September.

According to Honsbein, the main importance of the NBIC at the Ongwediva Trade Fair is to meet and help entrepreneurs and innovators to establish and implement their ideas into sustainable businesses. “Since the NBIC head quarters is only situated in the capital, the Innovation Centre wants to reach out and look beyond the capital’s borders and help entrepreneurs where they need assistance.”
The NBIC also took part in last year’s Ongwediva Trade Fair, where, according to Honsbein, they carried out their mandate of helping entrepreneurs and reaching out to many people who have the passion and motivation for entrepreneurship.
Honsbein stated that the NBIC values their exposure at the Trade Fair and will continue to help aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to establish their businesses successfully. Trade Fairs enable the centre to reach a captive mass audience, bringing together different stakeholders and instil a sense of cooperation and common responsibility.
“It is the result of last year’s response that motivated us to go to this year’s trade fair, to hold the same flag and empower upcoming, aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their businesses” she said.
“We also expect to meet entrepreneurs with good innovative ideas, which together with NBIC can develop to establish a printable and sustainable business.”
With people from all over Namibia flocking to this high level Trade Fair, it is the ideal place for the NBIC to reach out to like-minded people with entrepreneurial spirit and gain access to a broad network with a common vision to engage, motivate, assist and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Interested people are having the opportunity to engage with the team and mentors of the NBIC, who will assist and motivate budding entrepreneurs and organisations with innovative ideas.”
According to Honsbein, the Trade Fair is the perfect opportunity for those individuals and SME’s that are not based around Windhoek to receive the necessary information and assistance to make their business ideas a reality.
“Looking at the very real challenges facing Namibia in its drive to fulfill its goals and promises set forth in Vision 2030, it became clear that innovation and entrepreneurship are essential. Any country that wants to be competitive needs to be innovative, embrace technology and realise its people are its most critical and valuable economic resource,” said Honsbein.
During the week of the fair, the NBIC hosted a Business Idea competition as an incentive to budding entrepreneurs to submit their ideas for new business ventures.
Other activities also taking place at the NBIC booth are mind and creativity games, presentations and video clips, business start up clinics and free coaching. The NBIC booth is in the Queen Hall.


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