Innovative ideas, if to become reality, require resources, Skill and the right kind of motivation. According to the World Economic Forum, about 90 percent of new businesses fail. Successful entrepreneurs need the audacity of dreamers and the pragmatism of doers in equal measure. The countries that successfully support their entrepreneurs are in tune with the priorities of global customers, receptive to bold concepts and have the infrastructure to function effectively.
YCBS Port Harcourt 2017 will bring together the entire South-South business landscape and will focus on promoting the non-oil sector while encouraging innovation and global partnership in revamping the region's economy.
The YCBS Port Harcourt 2017 will offer Tailor made Sessions Grouped to fit the following sectors; ICT, AGRICULTURE, REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION, ENTERTAINMENT & TOURISM, RETAIL & E-COMMERCE, INNOVATIVE INVENTIONS, RENEWABLE ENERGY, HEALTH & CREATIVE INDUSTRY.
These theme-based sessions will focus on the strategic priorities of Rivers State, South-South and Africa’s business and economic realities so as to play key role in empowering the SMEs and young business leaders with innovative skills that will help shape the SME sector.
Developed in partnership with institute of leadership & management, business leaders and experts distinguished both in Africa and internationally, the Summit gives you all the tools and practical resources you need to keep abreast of the latest trends in your sector, make your business even more competitive, and help it to expand into new markets in Nigeria and Africa.
The YCBS Port Harcourt 2017 is committed to promoting the Nigeria’s Non-Oil sector, SMEs, and offers you a unique opportunity to share in the experience of very high-profile panel contributors, lead & Keynote Speakers on groundbreaking business issues concerning the Rivers State, Nigeria and Africa’s economic environment while collectively proffering sustainable solutions.
Segments of the YCBS Port Harcourt 2017A. Panel Discussions
The Economic well-being of any successful society depends largely on the wellbeing of her SME sector which in most cases is driven by the youth population of such society. Therefore, the future of a society can be seen as being dependent on the future opportunities and perspectives of young people this undermines the importance of discussing topics such as access to investment, Partnership, skill development, entrepreneurship and economic development. The panel discussions will be organized around three different topics:
- Private investment and business opportunities towards the South South region and its impact on Nigeria's Economy.
- Viable Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the region
- Possible areas of investment open to Foreign Direct Investments
The pitch competition is great way to create new innovative and social entrepreneurs. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at their disposal, each selected company and start-up will be given the unique opportunity to work closely with scaling managers, experts and mentors within the respective fields. In addition, they will be provided with insights regarding knowledge, innovation, funding opportunities, and skill development.
At the Pitch competition, young CEO’s will be immersed in the ideal environment for start-up creativity to happen by taking a giant leap toward developing their businesses and connecting with the right people and resources.
C. Key Note Presentation
This central or determining speech will be handled by seasoned entrepreneur, Policy maker or in most cases as it is customary with Young CEOs business summit, a personality we consider a mentor or a high standing business or policy influencer. We believe mentorship and experience is a key success factor in the journey of an entrepreneur.
D. Investment Round Table
This is an exclusive session that will feature Government agencies, ministries, Top & medium scale private Companies in conversation that will provide the most extensive insight into the south-South and especially the Rivers State investment landscape. What sectors and opportunities are available for both direct foreign and local investment?
In many countries around the world, school fees and related education costs create formidable barriers to children’s right to education. A 2000-2001 World Bank survey found fees levied in seventy-seven of seventy-nine low-income countries; most had several different types of fees. Although formal tuition fees have been abolished in many countries, particularly in Africa since 2000, the associated costs of education—books, uniforms, supplies, transportation—are still extremely common and prohibitively expensive for many families.
We have selected 10 children within the Niger Delta (aged between 10-14). They not only walk kilometres to attend school but as early as 4 o’clock attend to house chores and help the parents to the market after school they sell small commodities such as vegetables and groceries to rise money for uniforms, shoes, books, as food for the family. They already have their own mini non-written business plans. They want to get educated so that they can be able to be better business owners that will help sustain the families better. They do not have the education most of us were privileged to have and that is why we would like to mentor these children. The funds will be used to donate chairs and desks, shoes, books, laptops if we rise enough even build a sanitary block with a solar water pump.
The YCBF Port Harcourt 2017 programme – will gather over 500+, 25 stands, side events, an all white gala dinner, cultural exhibition, and much more – built around our summit topics to help you focus on the issues that matter to you. Wonder through the exhibition stands and dive deep into projects and reports from the Rivers State and the South South region; check out our special side events covering issues from entrepreneurship to the role of business in development; explore our stands programme – investment, social projects, helps projects, and development cooperation good practice sharing that speak to development today; and learn more about our Forum.
The YCBS PortHarcourt – Rivers State 2017 will gather 500 plus Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Founders and Lead Conference Speakers from Nigeria, Africa, & Europe to discuss, deliberate, network, collaborate and birth great partnerships. The summit will have experts, leaders, business-owners and change makers converging to discuss new strategies on private investment and business opportunities towards the South-South Region, and especially Rivers State and its impact on the overall Nigerian Economy.
The CEO’s Global AWARDS 2017The CEO’s Global AWARDS rewards Top Young CEOs, Govt Agencies, companies and investors whose strategies are proof of their absolute resolve to play a part in Nigeria and Africa’s growth.
The CEO’s Global AWARDS 2017 will be presented at a high-level, exclusive session during the YCBS Port Harcourt 2017 all white dinner fund raiser. Since 2014, the YCBF have rewarded CEOs, Companies and Investors whose strategies highlight their intention to play their part in the growth of the SMEs sector from across the globe. All the nominees are promoters of ambitious projects that are encouraging the emergence of competitive African, Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA companies, and are selected for their commitment and results in 4 key categories:
- Promotion of private sector
- Strengthening of regional integration
- Development of intra and inter Global business exchange
- Social and environmental responsibility
- Rare innovation & creativity
- COMPANY OF THE YEAR
- BANK OF THE YEAR
- PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
- INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION OF THE YEAR
- YOUNG CEO OF THE YEAR
- BUSINESS MENTOR OF THE YEAR
- INNOVATIVE BRAND OF THE YEAR
- MEDIA FRIENDLY BRAND OF THE YEAR
- SME FRIENDLY AGENCY OF THE YEAR
- YCBF MAN OF THE YEAR
- CHANGE MAKER OF THE YEAR
Over the past two years, more than 40 international companies have been nominated, together with over 25 CEOs from all over the world who have each played a pioneering role in driving economic growth for their countries.