Tuesday 13 November, Honiara – The Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI) has hosted its first networking event on the 8th of November 2018 at the Heritage Park Hotel.
Called ‘Ignite Networking’, the event presented the opportunity for seven young entrepreneurs to pitch each on their business, passions, new ideas and express their creativity.
YECSI Coordinator, John Wopereis said it was a great opportunity to get to know each other, the businesses members are involved in and network in a friendly environment with like-minded entrepreneurs.
“Our ignite style events will help to build members confidence and allow them to improve on their presentation and speaking skills, a very important skill for all entrepreneurs,” Mr Wopereis said.
YECSI’s Chairlady, Millicent Barty underpins the importance of creating networks which has the potential to diversify businesses and open up opportunities.
“It is proven that, according to Forbes, 85% of start-ups have stated that networking is vital to their entrepreneurial success.
“Entrepreneurship is an endless journey of gaining new knowledge and learning different things on a daily basis is essential to being on top of your entrepreneurial game,” she said.
Ms Millicent says from such event young entrepreneurs and YECSI members can learn from everyone’s stories and personal experiences.
“Connection is the most undervalued resource.
“If we all work together, we can all be successful. The world is a very big place with infinite amount of opportunities.
“This is why ignite networking, as part of YECSI’s support service to you, can be an integral part of your entrepreneurship journey,” Ms Barty encouraged YECSI members during the event.
Following the networking event, on Friday 9th November, the YECSI Board held a planning day to complete their strategy and work plans for the next two years.
Among the young entrepreneurs who pitched their business on the night were:
Limahl Totogi – Director Reveal Pasifik
Limahl describes Reveal Pasifik as an “Edu-tainment” company which believes in education through entertainment. Reveal Pasifik specializes in filming short / feature films, music videos and tv commercials. Reveal also provides photography, graphics & design and sound system hiring services.
Elijah Keretoo – Owner Technicool Air Conditioning
Technicool Air conditioning provides services in heating, ventilation, air conditioning service, installation and repair. Elijah aims to grow Technicool both in the Solomon Islands and also regionally.
Brown Thompson –Owner Oceania Cleaning
Oceania Cleaning was launched in 2016 and specializes in residential and industrial cleaning. Oceania Cleaning ensures high customer satisfaction but more importantly a safe and clean environment with a high standard of hygiene.
Chrisnrita Aumanu – Owner Naesmel perfume
Naesmel Perfume is based in Honiara, Auki, Kirakira, Lata, Gizo, Noro and soon to be launched in Taro. Naesmel sells authentic fragrances but at a discount price suitable for everyday Solomon Islanders.
Rolex Sitana – Director Smart Technology
Smart Technology specializing in Mobile phone repair, Computer repair and sales. Smart Technology launched in 2015 and is now expanding its services to include training aspiring entrepreneurs on mobile phone repair.
Clayton Wao – Owner & Producer Wowtones Music
Wowtones specializes in music production, sound engineering and artist promotion. Wowtones has worked extensively in the Solomon Islands but has also worked in PNG and Vanuatu.
Florence Isihanua – Owner Baby n Fashion
Baby n Fashion is a retail business based in Honiara. Baby n Fashion currently has 2 branches and sells baby products, cosmetics and clothing. Florence is a “multi-preneur” and has expanded into agri-business, specifically broiler farming.