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FIRE STARTER BUSINESS START-UP COURSE

LAUNCH EVENT

TUESDAY 06 DECEMBER at SENSI HUB

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS!

COME AND BE INSPIRED, FIND OUT ABOUT THE COURSE AND MEET THE FIRE STARTER TEAM.

Sensi Tech Hub are offering 10 places on a new purpose built FREE 12 week business start up programme ran by local and Western business professionals Whatever your industry whether your business/business idea is fashion, technology, agriculture or a social enterprise or another, Come down to Sensi Hub on Tuesday 06 December to find out more details about the course, meet the team and network with other entrepreneurs.

Also on the the night come and be inspired by the story of two businesses:

Simeon Hartwig

(fire Starter Producer and project manager) / Bantum Clothing

Simeon founded the street wear brand Bantum clothing in 2008 in a response to not being able to find his favourite designer clothes in his smaller size. Fashion and trade magazines featured Bantum clothing and UK hip Hop stars such as Professor Green and the Streets were spotted in the brand, both events helped propel sales forward. The label went to sponsor music nights and stock 25 stores across Europe. In 2010 he received the British Councils Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the year award. This took him and his team to India where they worked with SEWA  Embroidery NGO, delivered workshops and presentations to businesses and Tee shirt workshops in slum areas.

Simeon accredits much of his business success to the 12 week business start up course that he initially went on at the Hive business incubation centre in Nottingham, UK. “I had a good creative concept but I lacked important skills such as accounting and finance which I learnt on the programme….having weekly meetings with my mentor was invaluable in helping me set weekly goals and make important business decisions…sometimes life as an entrepreneur could be lonely and being part of a dynamic group of entrepreneurs and have the support of business professionals gave me the strength to power forward and succeed.”  The inspiration for the Fire Starter Up Business Course came from Simeon’s positive experience at the Hive.

Hannah Coffee

Hannah Coffee Courier is a great local coffee, hand made in Freetown. Created by a Salone female entrepreneur, Hannah is focused on being an employer and not an employee. Sierra Leone is rich in minerals and agriculture so it is great to see a local company coming out of this industry. Hannah was making majority of her sales to NGOs visiting their offices at lunch time periods. Sadly Ebola put an end to these visits and they were hard to re-establish post Ebola. Hannah’s coffee has a good reputation in the expat community where she now makes direct sales. Hannah Coffee Couriers is one of the businesses that will be applying to the Fire starter course hoping to push her company to the next stage developing the product and increasing sales nationally and internationally.