The Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) has partnered with LEC Group to offer free entrepreneurship lecture to students of University of Education Winneba.
The programme which was on the theme, “Mind Shift” an annual event where officials of ILAPI tour universities and institutions of higher learning to educate them on the need to adopt entrepreneurship skills dubbed ‘2023 campus tour project.’
This year’s event took place at the University of Education, Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana, where over 1500 students participated
The event sharpened the student’s mindset of expectation for opportunities and a paradigm shift to have an entrepreneurial mindset and business behaviour.
The Executive Director for ILAPI, Mr. Peter Bismark Kwofie, gave a brief talk on entrepreneurship and distributed at least 120 CDs on Ideas for a Free Society and 250 books of Eamonn Butler’s Primer: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship. “
Mr. Kwofie said the book is a-well structured for students, entrepreneurs and policymakers to understand the socio-economic importance of entrepreneurial activities.
He further explained that sociological factors play a critical role in shaping and creating more entrepreneurs in society, hence society must encourage, inspire and place value on self-help, and hard work, and reward champions for their contributions to innovations, starting a business and creating jobs.
“Entrepreneurs are the drivers of job creation and lead the production of new products for economic growth. Policymakers must not only make laws in the name of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship to thrive but instead allow for individuals to use their skills and available resources to create value for themselves,” He stated.
The Head of Research at ILAPI, Mr. Stephen Dansu during the distribution of the books encouraged participants to be innovative and read books of interest in their entrepreneurial journey.
There was a mass rush for the books and the 250 books distributed became like a drop in the ocean.
In that regard, other participants were directed to the website of ILAPI to download free copies of the premier.
“The pace to get copies online was real and students and other participants got inspired to start something for economic and social gain,” Mr.Dansu stated.
The LEC Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Albert Kusi also admonished students to take advantage to understand the controversies around entrepreneurship.
He added that entrepreneurship goes beyond just profit-making and starting a business but is an engine of the economy.
The event created an opportunity to network with students and speakers of different backgrounds including, psychology, blockchain, real estate, journalism, and business development.
The huge student participation was a signal that gradually many students are getting the drive that entrepreneurs control the economic development of the country.
“It is therefore imperative to encourage society to reward efforts and place value on entrepreneurial development.”