A business consultancy firm has launched an online business school in Africa which was aimed at getting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) successful, called the Business Lab Africa (BLA).
BLA, consultancy firm TriciaBiz said, is an online school that will offer courses such as marketing, sales, global expansion, business structure and processes, and business models, among others. It will be taught by business experts around the world.
TriciaBiz said it will offer knowledge that is “practical, qualitative, and locally relevant.” It will be accessible to both web and mobile.
Founder Tricia Ikponmwonba said that BLA’s faculty will consist of trainers with deep knowledge in business, having consulted and trained for several Fortune 100 companies and taught a combined pool of over 1 million entrepreneurs through their online and in-class courses/workshops.
Ikponmwonba said that the school has so far trained 20,000 people in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
“At Business Lab Africa, we are poised towards our simple goal; helping entrepreneurs succeed in business. To achieve this, we have adapted a blended learning model where we make use of several methods that simplifies the entire process,” Ikponmwonba said.
“One of our methods is instructor learning which is achieved via recorded videos addressing specific sub-topics under the subject area for the month, Live classes with experts to answer burning questions you might have and “worksheets/templates for guidance,” she added.
Online business school in Africa to use peer-to-peer learning
The school also uses peer-to-peer learning in its online community where fellow students can teach each other ideas that have worked for them and build on the belief that to teach is to learn twice and most importantly the use of case studies.
Ikponmwonba said that BLA boasts of differentiating factors from other learning platforms which includes using content that is curated specifically for the African market, the use of recorded videos and live classes for access to the experts and for further learning through Q and A.
“We also have a support system consisting of community coaches who are on ground to respond to any questions learners have which can be communicated in the comment section of each lesson,” s/he said. By 2022, BLA hopes to have empowered 100,000 entrepreneurs with the much-needed tools to succeed.
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