AUN Hosts 50 Youths in Startup Bootcamp

AUN Hosts 50 Youths in Startup Bootcamp

On November 30, the AUN Center of Entrepreneurship organized a two-day boot camp for 50 youths from the university’s host community.

The participants came from tertiary institutions in Adamawa, including the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, School of Nursing & Midwifery, College of Legal Studies, Federal College of Education, and AUN. Four renowned entrepreneurs featured during the prep-talk session that was held on the first day, November 30. They include co-founder & CEO of USAIFA Farms, Lawan Usman Ali; founder & CEO of FalGates, Abubakar Sadiq Muhammad Falalu; Nari Wuniya Weiye, and Sani Yakubu Wule.

Opening the program, the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor Muhammadou Kah, described entrepreneurship as central to the learning experience of AUN. “From the early days, we ensured that every student regardless of their major takes two entrepreneurship courses.” He said, only entrepreneurship can guarantee youth employment; encouraging all participants to support each other as they decide to create wealth for the society.

“Entrepreneurship and startups bring hopes, and they are triggers to a successful future for our young people. The fact that you are gathered here gives us hope that the next generation of companies that will be successful will be created and led by you. Collaborating will enable your startups to be successful.”

Dean of School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Attahir Yusuf, said the event is primarily designed to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people.

“More often than not, when people graduate, the first thing that comes to mind is to get a job from a company, individual, or the government. These days, what we want is for you to not look for a job but to create jobs through entrepreneurship like starting your business enterprises that can grow to be big companies.”

Assistant Director of the AUN Center of Entrepreneurship, Dr. Lukeman Raimi, said through the boot camp, the Center is playing its role to accelerate the actualization of the development of sustainable development goals in Adamawa.

“We want to change the mindset from being job seekers to job creators. We want to create an ecosystem of SME or small businesses where we interact and share both strengths and weaknesses.”

On day two of the program, there were many team building exercises and activities. The 50 participants were divided into ten teams. Program coordinator, Dr. Fardeen Dodo, said the program is also a networking opportunity for the participants. There were workshops on idea generation, financing, and other aspects.

Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa