Online Academy for SMEs launched

SMEs academy has been launched./PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Invest in Africa (IIA-Kenya) in partnership with the African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched an online learning academy to help Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the African Partner Pool (APP) gain expertise to scale and grow their businesses.

During the one year program, SMEs will have access to a library of courses, practical tools and social features.

They will also be guided through key steps of developing their businesses, understanding market demand, their customers, cost-effective products; developing, testing and refining their business model and how to get funding for the business.

“It’s a great day for SMEs in general as we officially launch the Academy. We believe that the training courses and tools offered by AMI will be integral to SME development in Kenya. This is because from our research, we found that access to skills and training is as important as access to finance and markets,” IIA Country Manager, Wangechi Muriuki said.

Her sentiments were echoed by those of AMI CEO and founder, Rebecca Harrison, who spoke of the impact that AMI is creating by ensuring that organizations across Africa build motivated, productive and effective businesses.

“This partnership will see us provide relevant skills training to SMEs on Invest in Africa’s platform. This will add onto the over 20,000 people across Africa that we have already reached,” she said.