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“Change your World: Become an Entrepreneur”

8 – 12 March, 2021


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 2021, will be organizing the Annual Entrepreneurial Fair from the 8-12 March, 2021.


In one inspiring week, USP’s inaugural Entrepreneurial Fair will bring together an amazing group of influencers and successful entrepreneurs/business people, as well as representatives from NGOs and government to share their unconventional and in some cases their unexpected insights into what it takes to launch, fund, sustain and grow a business.  The annual Entrepreneurial Fair 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, funding options and various small/medium business development topics.

Monday 8 March 2021

Monday 8 March 2021


Session Details


Day 1: Monday 8 March 2021

Official Opening Formalities 2pm - 2:45pm

Workshop 3:15pm to 6:30pm

Venue: Japan ICT Multipurpose Theatre


Introductions / Garlanding of the Chief Guest

Mr Semi Bilitaki, USP (MC)

Introduction of the Chief Guest:

Mr Saiyad Hussain, Acting Chief Executive Fiji Development Bank.

Prof. Jito Vanualailai Acting DVC, Education

Speech by the Chief Guest

Mr Saiyad Hussain, Acting Chief Executive Fiji Development Bank.

Vote of thanks & Closing

Mr Semi Bilitaki, USP (MC)

2:45pm - 3:15pm LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

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

Session Theme:  "Be patient to start small while you think big"

Are you ready to be alone in an entrepreneurship journey? If it is a Yes .Are you able to see opportunities around you or able to identify gaps. In this session, we take you through the humble beginning of big businesses and the mindset of the founders in its initial stages envisioning that they will be failures, have great lessons to share experiences with others.

3:15pm - 6:30pm

Am I Ready to be alone?

  • Entrepreneurship is not taught it's practiced.
  • So many opportunities around you open your eyes
  • Finding the gaps
  • Self -assessment

Generation of business ideas, traits of real entrepreneurs and learning from failures

  • How to get out of the box and generate ideas?
  • Can you think like an entrepreneur?
  • Should you play a crucial role in building the business?
  • Are you building the business for today, tomorrow or for your children?
  • Having traits of real entrepreneurs
  • Learning from failure and making it better
  • Day Ends at 6:30pm

Cooperative College of Fiji

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

Day 2: Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

2:00pm-6:30pm : Session Theme: Ethics of being an Entrepreneur

When you run any size of business, it's just much about what you say as what you do. You don't get an easy ride. Consumers are vocal and ask for transparency, ethical behavior, sustainability and authenticity and that is just the start. This session will take us through the nuts and bolts of being an ethical entrepreneur and looking at new dimension of running business in this COVID world or when there are challenges.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Ms Api Kurusiga - Director, Lapita Fiji

Ms Api Kurusiga

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Young Entrepreneurial Council

Mr Watisoni Nata

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Munro Leys - Protecting your idea and/or product/service - copyrights, intellectual property, patents etc.

Mr Jon Apted

5:00pm - 6.00pm

In your best interest to care about what you do, and how you do it.

Having principles and ethics that put you in good stead with the public

Pay attention to your customers, branding, decisions and your team/employees

Cooperative College of Fiji

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Programmes run by MCTTT- RISE , IHRDP, YES ,NDP,NES


Day Ends at 6:30pm


Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

Wednesday, 10 March, 2021

Day 3: Wednesday, 10th March, 2021

2:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme: Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Is your customer centric business model worthy for an investment?

This interactive session will map out key items for you to consider when developing business model and business model canvas and to ensure that you make money out of the idea .Business plan is there to support the business model.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey:

Dr. Mere Samisoni - Founder, Hot Bread Kitchen

Dr. Mere Samisoni

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Ms Patricia Mallam - Starting a Business During Covid "Build back better post Covid'

Ms Patricia Mallam

3:45pm - 4:00pm

"Have a better understanding of the tourism sector"

Tourism Unit

4:00pm - 6:30pm

  • Think of an Idea and how it relates to the real world but stop dreaming.
  • Translate idea to enterprise and monetize.
  • Is there a safe environment for your business model where you can make mistakes and learn?
  • Customer centric business model approach- (idea-research-model-test-validated-feedback-customers support )
  • Offer something what your customers are willing to pay for.
  • Business literacy- Finance, Law, marketing, skills, distribution, structures.
  • Business plan components.

Cooperative College of Fiji

Day Ends at 6:00pm

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

Day 5: Thursday, 1th March, 2021

2:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme : Cluster Development for Fiji SMEs

Businesses nowadays are not working in isolation. Many are collaborating and finding ways to leverage off each other to reduce costs and maximize opportunities. Cluster development is a business concept that encourages interconnected businesses in a particular location to work more together to increase competition, and thereby productivity, efficiencies and income. This session introduces you to clustering and to consider ways in which this may work for you and your business. Further, a relevant example of cluster group is Cooperative which is a Legal Entity in Fiji.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey:

Yee Wah Sing - Owner/Founder Marco Polo Holdings

Yee Wah Sing

3:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Think Cluster and then start a cluster
  • Think Coop and start a Coop
  • Understand and embody building good relationship
  • Cooperative - A legal Entity

Cooperative College of Fiji

4:30pm - 5:00pm

YES Programme

YES representative

5:00pm- 5:45pm

Fiji Revenue Custom Services - Regulatory Requirements and Understanding the customs and tax requirements

Mr Esala Vukinavanua

5:45pm - 6:30pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Managing Director of PFD

Mr Michael Towler

Day Ends at 6:30pm

Friday, 12 February, 2021

Friday, 12 February, 2021


Day 5: Friday, 12 March, 2021

2:00pm-6:00pm: Session Theme: Mobilizing resources for your business idea

Nothing happens unexpectedly and there should have been a long term plan and business model in place. Must have started with no cash, however did applied self -help and self-responsibility principle to venture into any business. If employed should have goal setting to save and start a business later. Don't start any business abruptly be patient do careful research. You are one of the genuine resources and you have to feel the pain first then seek funding to leverage your business. Do you have the knowledge and passion to start that guarantees the proper usage of funds or grants?

This session is to remind that you are the initiator and you would be enlightened with information on some funding and grants opportunities currently available through government, and financial institutions. It also offers an opportunity to brainstorm about being innovative about mobilizing and/or sourcing alternative funding and technical assistance.

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Entrepreneurs Journey: Kava Korporesen Pte Limited

Mr John Sanday

3.00pm - 4.00pm

The principles of self -help and self -responsibility.

  • Set the momentum yourself
  • Your contribution
  • Have that passion and knowledge.
  • What is the genuine reason of seeking funds or grants?
  • Understanding financial portion of your business-cash flow, profit & loss, Income & expenses.
  • How to raise capital funding

Cooperative college of Fiji

4:00pm - 4:45pm

SPBD - Attaining SME Loans

Mr Elrico Munoz (SPBD)

4.45pm - 5.30pm

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

FDB Representative

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Talanoa Session/Collection of Certificates

Official Program Ends at 6:00pm


Covid-19 Restrictions

Covid-19 Restrictions

Given the recent COVID-19 restrictions, please note USP’s procedures for this year’s Entrepreneurial Fair is as follows for your information:

·        All participants are encouraged to download the Care Fiji App, to support the Fiji Ministry of Health, COVID-19 contract tracing efforts if the need so arises in the future:

·        Participants will have their temperatures checked, hands sanitized and a mask worn if necessary when entering the venue;

·        The venue will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

·        Participants are to register every day for the week.

·        If you are not well you will not be allowed to enter the site but may go onto the live streaming video from your home. 

·        Clean your hands often.

·        Cough or sneeze in your bent elbow - not your hands!

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·        Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.

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