Botswana Accountancy College on Friday hosted high profile business delegates at the launch of the Business Hive. The Business Hive is an initiative of BAC students, through which high flying students would be given an opportunity to meet and interact with industry leaders so that they can actualize their dreams and ambitions.
Through the Business Hive, selected industry players would mentor and guide students and accord them opportunities to experience firsthand what the corporate world is all about.
Speaking at the launch, BAC Executive Director Mike Lesolle described the Business Hive as a milestone in the lives of BAC students.
“Entrepreneurship is the epitome of BAC’s existence. It is our intention to become an international business school. Through the Business Hive, we hope to give students a platform through which they can link models of entrepreneurship to practice,” he said.
He explained that the Business Hive would leave students to their devices to actualize business leadership and entrepreneurship. He said leadership and ethics are the foundation of entrepreneurship, and urged business leaders who will in future mentor the students to instill such principles on the students.
“Dreams are not the gate way to success, implementing and realizing that dream is. The Business Hive will teach students leadership, self belief, innovation, and ingenuity, which will help them realize their dreams,” said Edward Johnson, Chairman of Business Hive.
He said Business Hive aims to expose students to business and finance industry professionals who will mentor them through a series of workshops. Such mentors include Adam Jones, Managing Director and Publisher of Wealth magazine, Lesang Magang of Phakalane, business mogul Satar Dada and Kagiso Mmusi of Pula Energy.
The students will also be expected to work with local entrepreneurship authorities to solve existing problems in Botswana. For example, the students are currently exploring sustainable solutions to making Selebi Phikwe an economically viable town with a robust economy.
“We have also lined up financial gurus to introduce students to the art of investing. BAC has set aside funds which students will invest in the bourse to earn profits for the Student Development Fund. Through career workshops, the Business Hive will also help those who do not want to go into business to develop their careers,” said Johnson, who is studying Accounting and Finance at BAC.
Gorata Montwedi, Secretary General of Business Hive, said it is important for their initiative to maintain the perfect brand, manage partnerships with industry leaders, select only the best students to join the business hive and engage in robust activities through which they will attain tangible results.