Opeyemi Awoyemi, Iyin Aboyeji, Audu Maikori, others to speak at The Edge Series Student Summit 2016

by | Jun 30, 2016

The Edge Series a human capacity development initiative of SwiftThink Limited is organising The Edge Series Student Summit (TESS 2016)  to bridge the gap between business and academic knowledge.

TESS which is currently in its third edition would build up on last year’s edition and will focus on the theme ‘What are you saying?’. And it will concentrating on Sales and Marketing aimed at preparing young Nigerian students for a world where “everyone is selling something’’.

The summit intends to help participants find a voice of their own, sharpen their presentation skills at all levels, teach relationship management and business etiquette rules, while providing a valuable head start for new businesses.

Speaking on the TESS2106, Ayoola Jolayemi, CEO of Swift Think Limited said.


The summit will provide presentation, writing and negotiating skills training in teaching sessions for anticipated 1000+ attendees. It will also facilitate practical business etiquette sessions as well as acquisition of basic start-up requirements like the registration of business names, business tools, website/blog marketing needs.

The event is on Friday the 29th of July 2016 at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Special guest of honour is Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf while a keynote address will be given by Public Affairs Officer, United State Consulate General Lagos, Frank Sellin.

A line up of seasoned speakers for this year’s edition include Richmond Johnson (International Leadership and Management Consultant), Gina London (CNN Veteran), Olusola Amusan (Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Nigeria), Jimi Tewe (Career Specialist), Opeyemi Awoyemi (Jobberman.com Co-Founder), Chude Jideonwo (RedMedia Africa), Audu Maikori (President of Chocolate City Group) and Lala Akindoju (CEO The Make it Happen Productions).   TESS 2016 will also feature panellists such as Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Andela), Olori Ajayi (Fashion Entrepreneur).

In addition to the thought-provoking speaking and interactive sessions, there will be raffle draws and prizes before and after the event.

Ayoola Jolayemi, CEO, SwiftThink inaugurated The Edge Business Start-Up Challenge which is meant to empower the five winners with a Start-up Kit valued at ₦3 million each. According to him, the selection of the winners is broken into phases beginning with the submission of entries beginning from June 28 to July 5. To participate, interested youths are expected to send a one-page executive summary to startup@theedge.com.ng. A team of experts will shortlist 50 out of the entries for the next stage where they will make a pitch. The best five participants will be selected for the prize at the Students Summit 2016 on Friday, July 29.

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

tech. media. startups. africa. vc | Twitter: @victor_ekwealor


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