Attention turned to the power of enterprise education as MyBnk patron and H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson (KJP) took to the stage with young entrepreneur Bejay Mulenga for a Q & A.
Bejay is an enthusiastic 17-year-old MyBnk mentee and Youth Advisory Panel member who has already launched his first business ‘Supa Tuck’ – a youth-run school based enterprise and workshop scheme where young people run their own tuck shop.
“What is the key to being a successful entrepreneur?” he asks.
“Having a good corporate culture is key” says KJP, “a focus on values and on people, you need to take a disciplined approach to recruitment and only work for the long term – never short term needs”.
He also spoke of his passion for MyBnk and how his company invests in the education of garment workers in the Far East. “It’s not just about funding” he told Bejay, adding “if a change is something that costs you money today to make more money later, do it”.
KJP turned the tables and quizzed the young entrepreneur on his philosophy, which closely matched the MyBnk mantra: “I want young people to learn about business by doing it for real, in school.”
Bejay’s social enterprise celebrated it’s first birthday recently, with a five figure turnover.