Our intercampus Networking, Entrepreneurship and Fanfair (NEF) event, is an annual business and funfair event, for students who are interested in entrepreneurship and networking. It has been designed with a series of events and activities, all aimed at helping students to understand entrepreneurship better and to network with each other as well as to network with successful businessmen and business women who may even end up becoming their Mentors and Coaches.
The objective of our entrepreneurship programme is to train students for them to really understand what entrepreneurship is. And one very key aspect of entrepreneurship is networking. That is why we decided to come up with the NEF event.
As has already been mentioned above, networking is one of the key aspects of entrepreneurship and during the NEF event, the objective is to help participants to build three types of networks.
Now as a student, one may not have a full business yet. But (s)he will be studying a programme which will eventually cause him/her to end up in a profession. The person may also have his/her interest areas like in sports, religion, arts, entertainment etc. In all these areas, one needs to start building a solid network that (s)he can fall on in case (s)he needs any form of assistance or guidance.
To be able to do that, the student needs to focus on building three different networks for himself/herself and the NEF event has been designed to help them to achieve just that. All the activities and events of the NEF event, are designed to help students to build three main networks:
The networking objective of the NEF event is to create more bonding and connection between the participants and also with their potential mentors. So to make the networking more effective, there is a formal networking session and an informal networking session.
In fact, the informal networking session usually creates more bonding than the formal session and we make the informal networking session more fun by organizing it as a funfair. The funfair is usually full of fun activities and new games and experiences that are all intended to help the participants to have fun, enjoy themselves, network and make new friends.
The Day 1 is usually for the Formal Networking Session and it is designed to help the participants to network with their fellow students as well as with the CEO’s and business executives. Through the discussions and activities, the students get to know different areas where they can successfully start a business and make money.
The Day 1 event normally has segments like:
- A TED Talk/Motivational talk,
- Panel Discussion,
- A Brainstorming Session,
- A Demonstration Of Innovation,
- Time With Mentors/Motivators/Coaches and
- A session for the students to do both intra-campus and inter-campus networking amongst themselves.
Each of these activities has been carefully designed to help the participants to effectively bond and network with each other. By thus, they are able to understand, identify and take advantage of opportunities.
They also help the participants to form business relationships and they get the opportunity to network and connect with the CEO’s and business executives, some of whom later become their mentors and coaches after the NEF event.
ITEM 13: And of course there is always item 13 – participants are given both breakfast and lunch.
On the Day 2, participants have fun, enjoy themselves, network and make new friends.
The Funfair is the informal networking session of our NEF event. Hence, the activities are not just fun activities but rather they are inherently designed to cause students to network as they have fun.
- There are carnival games and activities whereby participants get to win prizes.
- There are also team building games as well as minute-to-win-it games (games and activities you are to complete in less than a minute) like balloon games, water games, obstacle games etc.
- There are also other regular intercampus activities and competitions, like intercampus dance competition and rap battles, bopping apples, eating competition, musical chairs etc.
One major side-attraction is a CEO cooking session whereby some of the CEO’s and big men we invite, get to teach the participants some cooking lessons and students get to learn how to prepare some simple desserts and delicacies. That is one of the ways participants get to network and bond with the successful CEO’s.
ITEM 13: Here too, there is item 13 – participants are once again given both breakfast and lunch.
NEF events are always fun and exciting. participants, guests, patrons and mentors all get involved and
share in the fun as well. Take a look at some pictures from some of the previous NEF events. Click on any picture below to see it well.
First, we have the General Assembly Meeting and during that time, our resource persons, mentors and coaches take the participants through some training sessions. Participants get to learn a lot and get inspired and motivated as well.
Also, speeches are read by the invited guests and reports are given by the Chapter Managers of the various TTCJN Chapters. Our patrons and resource persons also motivate and inspire the participants.
Then of course there is the networking session whereby participants get
to interact and socialize among themselves as well as with the resource persons, coaches and mentors.
Trainees who go through our training programmes successfully, receive their certificates and the newly appointed National & Chapter Executives of TTCJN also get inducted into office.
Even with the Day 1, it’s not all formal. We do some informal activities and those informal sessions activate more bonding among the participants and mentors. We play event games and do group activities. During one of the previous NEF events, we played a game called “Concentration”. As you can see, everyone present was included in the game, even our patrons and guests. We all had fun and enjoyed ourselves.
Again with the Day 1, it is not all formal. Our ladies sing some love songs and even at one of the previous events, one lady from UDS rapped Wiz Khalifa’s _“It’s been a looonnngg daayyyy……”. I hope you know that song.
Now see some of the Fun activities that we usually have at our NEF. If you don’t know how to swim, don’t worry, we’ll teach you. During the pool games too, the CEOs and guests that we invite join us so we do more networking and bonding.
We don’t only have fun in the pool. We also do fun games on solid ground as well and as has been said, Item 13 is provided on the fun days as well.
Adzebannnn!!!………Item 13 is always fully represented. We always provide breakfast and lunch for each of the days of the NEF event and some people even use the lunch break to do more connections and linking ups.
Leadership is teamwork. So during NEF events, we usually have an Inter-Chapter Executives Conference (ICE Conference) for the Chapter Managers of TTCJN. The ICE Conference is basically and executive meeting for just the various Chapter Managers of TTCJN and the Founder and Continental Executive Director of the organization.
When we are done with everything, we take photos to remember the activities of the event. They really make the NEF events memorable.