Kingston University’s Business School hosted the first of several upcoming Insight sessions on Wednesday, 23 October themed “Starting a business with little or no money” – organized by the Enterprise! Programme.
The event welcomed guest speaker Yoganathan Ratheesan, Co-founder, co-owner of the Lebara Group, also a Kingston University graduate to speak about his experience with starting a business.
In advance of the evening’s session, Martha Mador, head of Enterprise Education at the University met with Alumnus and Co-founder Yoganthan Ratheesan and several entrepreneurial students of Enterprise Up to discuss how they benefitted from the financial donations by the Lebara Group. These students included Hend Krichen, founder of Hend Krichen Co. – a luxury retail and home-ware accessories company inspired by traditional Tunisian craftsmanship. Also in attendance was Tom Harrington, founder of Wesold.couk, an online real estate agency that was recently featured in Dragon’s Den in August 2014. Both students shared in the opportunity to discuss their enterprising situations relative to funding, manufacturing, negotiations and personal motivations.
Following the meeting with entrepreneurial students, several were invited to visit the Lebara headquarters in the coming months, and potentially receive mentorship on an individual basis.
Dennis Aguma, President of the Entrepreneurship society was on hand to give insight about the society and how it has benefited from the Lebara sponsorship.
With registration surpassing demand, approximately one hundred plus guests were in attendance at the event.
In his advice, Ratheesan shared that as entrepreneurs, it is “important to put yourself into something you believe in” and “listen to your gut”. He also emphasised the importance of networking and making connections with people long term, a lesson learned through his experiences with introducing Lebara into several markets.
Law student Cindy Ledger noted that the event was “inspirational”, taking away valuable advice on “setting deadlines and targets” for success.