Knowel Tanzania 2013 focused on sustainable business development for micro-entrepreneurs, basically offering our “consulting services” to entrepreneurs in need – free of charge. We set up mixed teams with students from Knowel and the University of Dar es Salaam and together visited local micro-entrepreneurs and tried to identify and solve problems that they have in their day-to-day business. The teams worked for 10 days on solutions to these problems, mixed up with workshops around sustainable business development and guest lectures from experienced entrepreneurs. In the end, the findings was presented back to the micro-entrepreneurs in suitable forms of varied nature.
Small business in Tanzania. (CC) Photo courtesy of jbobo7 on Flickr.
The goal of the project was to help micro-entrepreneurs and small business owners in developing their businesses and increasing their economic, societal and environmental sustainability. The micro-entrepreneurs was identified in cooperation with the local NGO Investours.
A critical component in succeeding with the project was teaming up with students from University of Dar es Salaam. Together with the Knowel team, we covered a big range of backgrounds, knowledge, experiences and perspectives, giving us the best possibilities of performing a successful project.
At Knowel, we’re convinced that knowledge transfer goes both ways, meaning that the underlying mechanisms of entrepreneurship can be found wherever you look. We believe that the ways in which people create opportunities for themselves and their peers is a tremendous source of inspiration, especially in the cases of low-resource entrepreneurship. We want to bring home stories and knowledge from the micro-entrepreneurs we work with, sharing their creativity and innovational power with our own region.
This year, Knowel aims to take the next step in achieving its ultimate goal; creating a strong link between entrepreneurship in different environments, connecting the similarities and highlighting how harnessing the power of entrepreneurship can create great societal benefit no matter the resources at one’s disposal. Follow our work and the continuation of this project by following this website, our Facebook page and Twitter account.
The Knowel team of 2012/2013 consists of master students from the graduating class of 2014 from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.
Stina Linge – Veasna Sam – Jennie Gerum – Triinu Helena Laks – Arez Arazu – Gustav Larsson – Moa Persson – Afra Noubarzadeh – Philip Ghatan – Ayda Zamany – Henrik Sköld – My Klint – Erik Godtman Kling – Sofie Allert – Kristoffer Fagerfjäll – Andreas Karlsson – Linda Rönn – Marika Källman – John Chen – Linnea Wikman