The Mountain Top University, Ogun State, has advised entrepreneurs to be innovative and digitalise their entrepreneurial activities.
This was the summation of experts who spoke at the two-day International Conference on Entrepreneurship organised by the MTU Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and General Studies.
The Chancellor of MTU, Dr Daniel Olukoya, who was represented by the Chairman, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Elders forum, Prof. Ade Ojo, said digitisation was a veritable tool for achieving sustainable development among the citizens of nations of the world.
“Entrepreneurship has shaped the 21st century positively. Small businesses are growing because many people have chosen to leave analogue and use digitisation. Digital transformation is now a trend, individual who desires to progress, must embrace digital entrepreneurship. For us in MTU, no student will graduate from our university without learning an entrepreneurial skill and music,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, MTU, Prof. Elijah Ayolabi, also said coronavirus had redefined the world, saying it was important to follow the prevailing trend of world development and write a new chapter featuring digital connectivity, unfettered flows of trade and investment, and interaction between the entrepreneurial practices
Chairman, Zinox&Konga Group, Mr Leo Ekeh, described the 21st century as the century of miracle where both the rich and poor could harness the good of technology for wealth creation.
“You must educate the people before you introduce new technology, the analogue nature of Nigeria is the reason Nigeria is not growing. Stop saying people are blocking you, nobody can block you if you make use of technology. Be technology-driven, don’t use technology for fraud,” he said.
VC, University of Lago, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who was also a keynote speaker, told the audience that they should always think of using technology to innovate and upgrade their entrepreneurial skills.
He said, “There is a need to harvest the ideas some of our students and young graduates have because some companies are taking advantage of them. The issue of skill involves people management, decision making, one unique thing about entrepreneurship is that it has an impact on the environment, society.
“You need to embrace global best practice using technology to benefit yourself, environment, nation, society. You are into entrepreneurship for innovation. You must think of what you want to change, improve upon for the benefit of man.”
Chairman, Board of Access Bank Plc, Dr Ajoritsedere Awosika, also said, “Until you are able to innovate what you are doing you are not a leader. Be ready to create value. The digital space is the new job, you have to learn, adapt, adopt and don’t say I don’t have flair for it. Digital entrepreneurship has great flexibility and we need to foster digital entrepreneurship through deliberate collaboration.”
Acting Director, MTU, CEDGS, Dr Patience Erigbe, advised that there was the need to develop smart entrepreneurial logistics and promote the deep integration of new technologies like big data, the internet enabling environment, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, adding that with other relevant industrial sectors, this would ensure greater flows of business entrepreneurial collaboration and exchange of innovative ideas.