Social Entrepreneurship Event

ImageWritten by Menuka, 2012 Fellow.

On 26th April, I attended an event about Social Entrepreneurship organized by the Nepal Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (NYEF) where Keran Kerrigan, the president and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, talked about entrepreneurship, the traits an entrepreneur needs to have and the challenges we might face if we want to be an entrepreneur.

The event started with a short description of NYEF, which is instituted by FNCCI (Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry). NYEF promotes an entrepreneurial mindset for women and effective and much needed networking for young entrepreneurs. It gives opportunities for young people to come up with an idea and helps them grow as entrepreneurs.

Keran Kerrigan shared her own personal experiences and talked about how we can make Social Entrepreneurship a good career option. Nowadays, everybody wants to get a job, but only few people are actually creating jobs. Social Entrepreneurs are the job creators; they are the trendsetters who dare to think outside of the box. It was a very interactive session, and many people got the chance to ask questions to Karen Kerrigan. When I asked her why Social Entrepreneurship is not pursued as a career in Nepal and here we see few Social Entrepreneurs, she said that it’s the lack of exposure in the Nepalese market. Though some of us might be familiar with this term Social Entrepreneur, there are still a lot of people who don’t know what it is. We need to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship in Nepal and show that it works. I felt what she said was true. People in Nepal are not familiar with this term so we should promote it more.

After the event, I got a chance to interact with other young women who were passionate to start their own venture and some of them were already entrepreneurs!



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