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“Take a Step into the Known”
18 – 22 February, 2019


The University of the South Pacific with its diverse student background understands the need to encourage and assist its students, graduates and members of the community to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and relevant skills. Due to the growing importance of the need to develop and promote entrepreneurial awareness and skills for all our stakeholders in Fiji, The University of the South Pacific, in 2019, will be organizing its second standalone Annual Entrepreneurial Fair from the 18-22 February, 2018.

In one inspiring week, USP’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Fair will bring together an amazing group of influencers and successful entrepreneurs (both local and overseas), as well as NGOs and government stakeholders (including the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism representatives)   to share their unconventional and in some cases their unexpected insights into what it takes to launch, fund, sustain and grow a small and medium business. The week long program will not only be open to USP students and alumni, but to the general public as well, considering the importance of promoting entrepreneurship to the community of Fiji.

The week long program will include entrepreneurial skills development sessions, motivational speeches from successful entrepreneurs (overseas and local), funding options and various small/medium business development topics.




Monday 18 February 2019

Monday 18 February 2019

Day 1: Monday 18 February 2019
Official Opening Formalities 2pm – 4.15pm
Workshop 4.45pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Japan ICT Multipurpose Theatre


Session Details



        Entrepreneurial Fair Opening Program

  • Introductions
  • Garlanding of the Chief Guest & Keynote Speaker


Mr Semi Bilitaki, USP (MC)



  • Introduction of the Chief Guest: (Minister for Industry and Trade - Hon Premila Kumar Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Address from Hon Premila Kumar Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism


Prof. Richard Coll, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning, Teaching & Student Services)



  • Introduction of the Keynote Speakers, Mr Ian Curtis (Poultry Industry) and Mr Stuart Anderson (Inventor and CEO FlowHive)
  • Keynote Address, Mr Ian Curtis (Poultry Industry)
  • Keynote Address, Stuart Anderson (The FlowHive)
  • Interactive Question and Answer time


Mr Semi Bilitaki, USP (MC)



  • Vote of thanks & Closing


Mr Pratish Raj, USP

4:15pm – 4.45pm

4.45pm – 5pm

Introducing the week’s Program, expectations and what you will get out of it.

Cooperative College of Fiji

4.45pm - 6:00pm : Session Theme: The Challenges of being an Entrepreneur

Always wanted to be your own boss and run your own business?? A resounding Yes!! Seeing business opportunities all around you but don't know where to start? You have the urge to go out your way to make your own money? Do you have these niggling feelings of fear that's holding you back? In this session, we take you through what are the 'challenges and benefits' about starting your own business venture and what are some of the (potentially) great things that lie ahead. Two local entrepreneurs will join us in this session and share their story with us. You will have the opportunity to also ask them questions to get a better understanding of the more practical and hands-on issues in starting your business.


Am I Ready?

  • Introduction
  • Why start your own business?
  • Characteristics of entrepreneurs
  • Self-Assessment?
  • The early wins, positives, and must haves


Cooperative College of Fiji


The Challenges of SMME’s & Generation of Business Ideas

  • Why businesses fail? What are some things to look out for?
  • Using failure and lessons learned to your advantage?
  • Business Ideas – What? When? Where? Who? How?

Interactive Session: Question & Answers
Day Ends at 6:30PM

Cooperative College of Fiji

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

Tuesday, 19 February, 2019



Session Details



6:00pm : Session Theme: Succeeding as an Entrepreneur – Essential Attitudes

Still wondering whether you are cut out to be an entrepreneur? The journey of an entrepreneur is not for the feeble hearted, it is laced with challenges as we’ve learned in Day 1. Succeeding as an entrepreneur warrants a shift of attitude to that of being passionate, persistent, and determined to see your business through. Successful entrepreneurs are also good at asking for help when they need it. This session will take us through the essentials of being an entrepreneur, including Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism and ILO on training packages, youth empowerment and seed funding for Youth Entrepreneurship.

2:00pm – 3.00pm


  • What kind of entrepreneur are you vs where you want to be?
  • Essential Attitudes of successful entrepreneurs: Patience, persistence, passion, drive, desire, determination
  • Motivation and Inspiration : Keep on going
  • Asking for Help – Mentoring, Coaching, Networking and Finding the right people
  • Learning from Other and from our mistakes
  • Supportive Networks
  • Creating your own toolbox – be agile and travel light
  • Celebrating success and acknowledging others


Mentoring Aspect: Mr Chris Elphick

3.00 -
4.00 pm

Young Entrepreneurial Council

Ms Patricia Mallam

4.00 –

Young Entrepreneurial Scheme (Fiji Government)

Mr Winston Hill - MIIT (The YES Scheme)


Promoting Decent Work through Entrepreneurship Education and Training in the Pacific

Mr Edward Bernard - International Labor Organization (ILO)

5.00 –

Interactive Session: and Panel Discussion /Question & Answers

Cooperative College of Fiji

5.30 –

How to raise capital  - Crowdfunding techniques and formula

Day Ends at 6:00pm

Mr Stuart Anderson

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019




2:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme: Entrepreneurship - Is It Worth the Risk?

This interactive session will map out key items for you to consider before you start your business (or plan and grow your business), looking into business planning and marketing strategies, networking and seeking business opportunities etc.

2.00– 3.00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Arif Khan Owner of Cacao Fiji

Mr Arif Khan (Owner Cacao Fiji)

3:00-   4.00pm


  • SWOT Analysis of your Business Ideas Market Assessment – 2 C’s of Marketing 7P’s of Marketing
  • Business Plan – Components/Writing Up
  • Business Structures – Legal Forms


Cooperative College of Fiji

4.00 – 5.00pm


  •   Protecting your idea and/or product/service – copyrights, intellectual property, patents etc.


Mr Jon Apted Property Lawyer – Munro Leys Law Firm

5.00 – 6.00pm


  • Regulatory Requirements and Understanding the customs and   tax requirements

       Day Ends at 6:00pm

Mr Esala Vukinavanua - Fiji Revenue Custom Services

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Marina Jiare Owner of Sweet Endings

Ms Marina Jiare Owner of Sweet Endings


3:00pm – 5:00pm

·         What is Clustering? How it can work for you and your business here in Fiji

·         Cooperative – A legal Entity


Screening: short film/Guest Speaker  - Cooperative Development


Interactive Session: and Panel Discussion /Question & Answers

Cooperative College of Fiji



5:00pm- 6:00pm

Thrifty and Cooperative Networks – National Cooperative Federation

Mr. Agni Deo Singh - Board Chairman, National Cooperative Federation



Day Ends at 6:00pm


Friday, 22 February, 2019

Friday, 22 February, 2019

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Business Planning and Proposal Writing

·         Introductions

·         Cash Flows

·         Looking at expenditure

·         Saving and Spending wisely

Cooperative College of Fiji




3:00pm – 4:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Ms Naziah Ali – CEO and Editor Mai Life Magazine

Ms Naziah Ali

4:00pm- 4:45pm



·         Attaining SME Loans with SPBD


Mr Elrico Munoz South Pacific Business Development (SPBD)

4:45pm – 5:30pm

·         The Fiji Development Bank - Funding and grants opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises

Mr William Bogiwalu FDB Representative



5:30pm – 6:00pm

Talanoa Session with Local Entrepreneurs



Official Program Ends at 6:00pm


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