By Alexandra Gritta
Rabat – On Saturday, March 10th, Marrakech’s École Nationale des Sciences Appliquées (ENSA) will be hosting “Junior CEOs,” an event for young aspiring entrepreneurs.
The event will be held at the Emerging Business Factory (EBF)—an industrial quarter in Marrakech.
The goal of the event is to create a space where junior enterprises throughout Morocco can come together and collaborate—making connections for their future endeavors. It’s also an opportunity to pool shared experiences, and for the junior enterprise of ENSA to promote its brand.
Manal Soufi, an 18 year-old member of ENSA and aspiring engineer, told Morocco World News that “Junior CEOs” is an occasion, “to celebrate the camouflaged entrepreneurial spirit and talents of young students.”
ENSA was founded in 2000, and has since produced many highly educated young engineers who are now working abroad, and in various service and industry sectors. “Junior CEOs” will be the first event ENSA has hosted of its kind, and is designed to unite both new and already successful Moroccan enterprises across the country.
8:30-9:00 a.m.: Guest reception and breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m.: Inaugural conference addressing, “Young Entrepreneurship: A Strategic Choice in the face of Socio-Economic Imbalances”
11:00-12:00 p.m.: Round-table activity on, “Why Appeal to Junior Enterprises?”
12:00-2:00 p.m.: Panel inauguration and lunch
2:00-4:00 p.m.: “Failure Stories”
4:00-6:00 p.m.: Competition (team presentations and results)
6:00 p.m.: Coffee and concluding remarks
Opportunities for Career Growth
“During the event, you will learn which steps to follow and which mistakes to avoid [as an aspiring entrepreneur]. Through the experience of the speakers at the inaugural conference, you will explore the prospecting techniques that new enterprises follow, and their inner-workings. You will learn how to stand out and how to survive in a merciless market.
You will also get to discover all the discrepancies between the legal, administrative, financial, networking, and outreach components of entrepreneurship. We [at ENSA] are the event organizers, so on one hand, we will take care of all the logistics […] but on the other hand, the event will provide networking opportunities for everyone,” Soufi explains.
Soufi goes on to add, “The junior enterprise at ENSA has a strong will to create its own companies and wages […] but we have to take the initiative […], and this is our first step. My personal goal is create a platform where all students discover and shape their ambitions before they throw themselves out into the world of wage labor.
In the future, I aspire to create a video game studio (which is a rare thing in Morocco), and to travel across the globe to share and listen to all the unusual experiences and stories of other entrepreneurs.”
How To Sign Up
All students, young entrepreneurs, and ambitious persons looking to develop their own enterprises are invited to attend! To register or get an event schedule, just send an email to [email protected] requesting more information, or stating your desire to participate.