… Donates N$100 000 to two entrepreneurs
By Eliaser Ndeyanale
INTERNATIONAL University of Management (IUM) Governing Council Chairperson, Dr David Namwandi, has urged students to be creative and innovative, by employing the skills acquired through their education to become job creators.
Speaking at the launch of IUM’s first-ever Entrepreneurs and Innovation Day this week, Namwandi called on students to take advantage of the well-equipped facility to develop skills that will enable them to be innovative.
“I always feel happy when new business ideas are brought to the fore, because I firmly believe that the more good business ideas are generated, the better it is for the country’s economy,” he said.
The former Minister of Education added that entrepreneurship and innovation are the enablers of transformation, and that IUM is an initiative of an entrepreneur, which transforms graduates, so that they can transform the economy and the country.
He said further that innovation and invention takes creativity.
“It is certainly all about transforming mother earth with different exciting and profound new ideas, aimed at positively impacting thousands of lives.
“What makes the world interesting is the differences and challenges that come with business ideas. Entrepreneurs and innovators perceive the world differently and they implement their entrepreneurial and innovative skills differently. Notwithstanding different approaches, entrepreneurs have one common ground, which is the growth of their respective business ventures,” Namwandi said.
In addition, the former minister said that a country with successful enterpreneurs and innovators will certainly thrive.
He said that government alone cannot grow the economy and make a success of the nation.
He noted that governments need people with entrepreneurial skills to help create employment and grow the economy.
“Therefore, any government which does not promote initiatives, but instead stifles private ventures, is doomed to fail.
“It’s my conviction that innovation should not be reserved or confined to scientists and industrial gurus… To me innovation is something that all citizens embark on, to improve our daily lives. So the myth that creative thinking is a special talent, gifted to only a few, must be discarded,” Namwandi added.
At the same event, the David Namwandi Trust, which is run by Namwandi family, donated N$100 000 to two budding young entrepreneurs – Wilbardine Amukoshi, who graduated from IUM last year, and Elizabeth Haukongo, who graduated from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in 2015. The money will be used to buy various materials for their respective businesses.
“It is my belief that these two beneficiaries will stay on course and never divert from their business mission. My team of professionals will follow, monitor and assist them, where needed. All we want is the success of their businesses. But I want to caution them that the business journey is thorny, they need to redouble their efforts. You must keep courage, face challenges head on, and you will always emerge victorious,” Namwandi told the two entrepreneurs.
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