With over 300 applications narrowed down to a little over 70 participants, the inaugural edition of The Creative Class saw The Assembly with great support from The British Council, Nesta, The Creative Enterprise Programme , Facebook , TremenDoc ,Rising Tide Africa, Kwese Iflix, Co-Creation Hub, AFFORD UK and Zaron Cosmetics to name a few, deliver a comprehensive educational course to prepare our creative community for what lies ahead.
The programme touched on topics such as identifying and developing a unique selling point, understanding the finances and the law of running a creative business. Other topics included wellness and productivity, as well as marketing. The programme also including pitching a unique business idea to prospective investors when looking to scale.
The class sessions really came alive thanks largely to the amazing faculty we had on hand to take our participants through the ins and outs of being a creative entrepreneur. Some of our esteemed instructors included Moses Ida-Michaels of Availsys, Chioma Nwakwesi of Zaron Cosmetics, Adenike Ogunlesi of Ruff ’n’ Tumble , Damilola Odufuwa of CNN Africa, Timi Tikolo of TM Lewin and Bidemi Zakariyau, Founder of LSF PR. Other guests included Dr.Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien, the Group Chief, Sustainability & Governance, Dangote Industries limited, Co-Founder of DIYLaw and The Longe Practice Odunoluwa Longe and Fashion Entrepreneurs; Wonu Okoye and Wana Sambo.
The Creatives also had the opportunity to get health checks courtesy the lovely folks at Tremendoc.
The culmination of the programme held on Saturday, the 6th of October where a selection of the Creative Class alumni had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to an audience of faculty, angel investors and industry veterans with the goal of getting key feedback.
All in all the Creative Class Programme was a great experience, that allowed The Assembly draw closer to its vision of having those with creative desires attain their ambitions through their passion. We look forward to the next edition which we’re all too sure will be bigger, better and most definitely more impactful.
Here’s a look at some highlights from this year’s programme:
The Assembly would love to say a big thank you to all our partners.
Media Partners; Business Day, Bella Naija Online, Kwese Iflix and Guardian Life.
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Words by Deji Haastrup
Photography by Onafuwa Photography