On the 15th January 2021, the second cohort of our Incubator program commenced with an introductory session. This was a virtual session where the entrepreneurs were introduced to the road map for the incubator program. During this session, the entrepreneurs were also enlightened on the code of conduct as well as signing a bond contract. The session ends with knowing the expectations as well as assisting the entrepreneurs in setting goals for their businesses. The session recorded a total of eleven participants.
On the 15th-16th of February 2021, the second training session commenced with two days in person. The session was on Idea validation. During this session, the entrepreneurs were taken through the root cause analysis modules to better understand the problem they want to tackle with their businesses. The entrepreneurs were assisted and coached to identify and redefine their problem statement. After the problem identification, they were taken through the problem-solution fit module to develop a fitting solution to their identified problem, taking into consideration their capacity and strength. This solution forms their business idea. After this session, the entrepreneurs were assisted to define their potential customers and use the customer persona tool and the customer empathy to help them understand the needs of their potential customers. The session ended with an introduction to design thinking and recorded nine participants overall.
On the 17th-18th of February 2021, the training session continued virtually. This session was on stakeholder analysis and the ideation stage of the design thinking process. During this session, the entrepreneurs were introduced to a couple of stakeholder analysis tools to help them identify and rank their potential stakeholders based on their influence on their businesses. The entrepreneurs were taken through design requirements, idea generation through brainstorming and existing ideas for their product development. The session was attended by ten participants.
On the 19th of March 2021, the training sessions continued with an in-person training session. During the session, the entrepreneurs were taken through product development. The entrepreneurs were taken through the design thinking approach of product development thus the User-centred approach. This session recorded a number of eight participants.
On the 31st of March 2021, a virtual personal development masterclass session on the principles of social change was conducted. This session aided in equipping the participants with the basic principles of social change. This session recorded sixteen participants.