UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, has opened the 1st Annual Africa Conference on Social Enterprise at Tangaza University College.
Speaking to the attendees, she shared her experience of social enterprise across the world and emphasised its importance to development.
You can’t teach a big idea but you can teach the discipline of enterprise.
She also discussed how the British government supports social enterprise in Kenya and how the UK social enterprise sector employs 1.4 million people.
Susie explained how entrepreneurs need financial tools to suit their products and expanded on the role of government which she said is a strong part of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Discussing life after the UK has left the European Union following the referendum vote last year, she said: “There will be lots of opportunities for UK and Kenya after we leave the EU.”
The Annual African Conference On Social Entrepreneurship is aiming to bring together a cohort of social entrepreneurs, academia, public and private sector.