Entreprenuership Development Center

The Entrepreneurial Development Centre of Bingham University officially resumed activities on the 2nd day of April, 2014 after hosting a 3-day workshop captioned “Capacity Building on Entrepreneurial Education in Nigeria Tertiary Institution”, with the objectives to:

  • Identify minimum lecturers from departments to be trained to teach entrepreneurship;
  • Develop standardized material for teaching; and
  • Provide basic training for the Lecturers who supervise students on feasibility studies and practical skills.

At the end of the Workshop, all the objectives were achieved and the centre immediately commenced operations. The activities of the Centre are as follows:

  • Entrepreneurship Education
    The Centre is involved in teaching all 200 level students, Introduction to Entrepreneurship Course in the second semester with the code, EPS 228. Before then, Entrepreneurial Development Studies was taught from inception of the University as General Studies (GST) Courses in first and second semesters for all 400 level students only. The courses taught include: The history and development of entrepreneurship; concept of Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur; Characteristics and qualities of an entrepreneur; ideation; New venture creation; Management, Marketing Budgeting and Business financing; The business environment and opportunities in Nigeria and; Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Annual Conference
    The Centre organizes annual Entrepreneurship Conference for 200 Level students with resource persons drawn from the Representatives of National Universities Commission, Central Bank ( Development Finance Department), Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Commercial banks, as well as practicing entrepreneurs from different fields. Among other things, students are exposed to available sources of business start up finances. The Centre has been collaborating with both local and international Partners to also organize Conferences and Seminars.
  • Entrepreneurship Practical & Skills Acquisition
    In 300 level, first semester, all students of the University are trained on practical skills and how to write feasibility study in the centre. Below is a list of various areas of practical skills taught.
    SN Product Description
    1. Textile Students will learn tye/dye, stripping and printing on textiles
    2. Confectionaries Cake making and pastries, drinks production and decoration
    3. Household Products Making of hair & body cream, wash-up liquids and disinfectants
    4. Paints making & Stain Removal Making of different types of paints and stain removal
    5. ICT Entrepreneurship Growth Hacking 1: Product/service name, design of website with Google sites, Omnipotent hack, Face Book audience insight, ad-words express, product market fit and managing the strategy development process Growth Hacking II: Blogging, Unconventional PR, SEM, Offline Ads, Content marketing, email marketing, business development, affiliate programs, trade shows, offline events, speaking engagements, community building Pitching of products/service ideas for prospective funding
    6. Fashion & Design Dress making and accessories
    7. Fish Pond Setting up and managing a fish pond
    8. Beads making Making of different types of beads
    9. Laundry & Dry Cleaning Setting up and managing a Laundry & Dry Cleaning Business
    10. Photography & Photo editing Learning the art of photography and photo editing
    11. Shea butter production Shea butter production, packaging and marketing
    12. Solar Panel Construction of solar panel
Samples of the products from the practical skills training are shown under
Fig 1. House Products Class
Fig 2. Fish Pond skills
Fig 3. Paint & Stain Removal
Fig 4. Make-up Skills Group
Fig 5. Textile Design Skills
Fig 6. Beads making Skills