ARTICLE – Balloon Kenya: Student Helps Business Balloon in Kenya – Sheffield Hallam University Article

Entrepreneurs in Kenya have had their business prospects boosted thanks to support from a Sheffield Hallam University student.

Dan Garlick, a final-year business studies student, spent the summer in the Kenyan town of Nakuru where he provided valuable business advice to local traders.

The 21-year-old from Loughborough, was one of 24 students from across the world picked to take part in the global Balloon Kenya scheme.

He spent six weeks working with a group of 11 local entrepreneurs all of whom had businesses ranging from clothing stores, fruit stalls, shoe shops and motorbike transport service while another wanted to start an affordable recording studio.

“They all wanted to grow their businesses and improve their standard of living, as some earned as little as £2 per day,” said Dan.

“Some had little concept of basic business principles like profit margins or cash-flow systems so we spent the first fortnight in the classroom getting them to think outside of the box and look at ways they could improve their businesses. It was important that we were there to be facilitators rather than leaders in this project and we wanted to steer them away from the copy-cat culture that you see over there with stalls on every street selling exactly the same products.”

In the latter part of the project, Dan had the task of preparing his cohort to pitch their business proposals in a bid for funding from the scheme’s partner organisation, Hope and Vision.

“One of my proudest moments was seeing them all blossom in confidence, in particular, Jackson. He was 44 and had a wife and four children and he sold suits for women. He was so shy at the beginning and lacked confidence. He only focused on selling suit jackets and skirts but after some encouragement, I got him thinking about increasing his stock and he became really driven. He came out of his pitch with the biggest smile on his face so I really hope he gets the funding.”

Dan is now back in Sheffield but his Balloon Kenya experience has resulted in the University’s Students Union providing part-funding for two places on next year’s scheme.

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ARTICLE – Balloon Kenya: Student Set to Help Business ‘Balloon’ in Kenya – Sheffield Hallam University Article

A Sheffield Hallam University student will join a team of young business moguls from across the world to help budding entrepreneurs in Kenya turn their ideas into reality.

Third-year business undergraduate, Dan Garlick, will fly to Nakuru in August after being specially chosen to be part of the ‘Balloon Kenya’ scheme by its organisers. Once there, he will join 24 other students in their quest to fight poverty by helping to introduce new business ventures.

Dan, 21, and his international team will spend six weeks working with local Kenyans to inspire, encourage and support them in developing their own business ideas that will help to lift their local economy.

They will complete an intensive one week entrepreneurship and social innovation programme followed by five weeks collaborating with groups of young Kenyans to devise, develop and finally, launch new businesses.

Dan, originally from Sileby near Loughborough, is currently on work placement with Bosch. After completing a lengthy application form followed by an interview which assessed his ability to handle potentially difficult situations, he was chosen to be a part of this year’s cohort.

He said: “I was keen on travelling this summer after my placement and I had initially looked at going to Thailand for a month, but after I saw this programme I changed my mind. As Balloon Kenya has a direct correlation to my course I thought that it’d be another chance to build on my CV and help other people in the process.

“The graduate market is getting increasingly competitive and hopefully this will benefit my final year studies. I think it’ll open my eyes too as the culture will be totally different to here.This is a really exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to go.”

ARTICLE – Balloon Kenya: Local Student Wins Place on Enterprising Kenya Project – Leicester Mercury Article

A business student from Sileby has been chosen to take part in a global scheme in Kenya this summer.

Dan Garlick, 21, will join 24 other students from all over the world to help Kenyan entrepreneurs set up businesses as part of the Balloon Kenya programme.

“I will be there for six weeks and I will team up with students from Vietnam, China, America and Germany to name a few,” he said.

“The programme is based in Nakuru, Kenya and aims to empower local people to fight poverty through enterprise rather than aid.

“I’m working for Bosch on placement while doing my degree in Sheffield and I saw this and thought it was a great opportunity to do something different that still had real relevance to my course and at the same time would help me learn some life skills.

“We’ll be training at first and acclimatising and then we’ll work with local entrepreneurs and help them to develop their ideas before, at the end of the six weeks, helping them pitch for finance .

“Essentially, we’ll be helping them with their presentations to pitch for micro-finance that will enable them to start up their own businesses.”

Dan is a former pupil of Redlands Primary School in Sileby and former student at both Humphrey Perkins School in Barrow and Rawlins Community College in Quorn.

He was also a member of Air Cadets and achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award with them, as well as being made the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the county.

To make the trip, he has already saved £1,000 but wants to raise another £2,000 before he heads to Africa in August.

“I’m thinking of setting up an email account for people who want to help support me to donate and of course people can call me too,” he added.

Among those supporting Dan is Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, who commented: “I am thrilled that Dan has earned a place on this programme.

“He will be an inspiration to young Kenyans who want to become young entrepreneurs.

“I’m sure he will reach his target of raising £2,000, and I wish him all the luck in the world with his endeavours,” she added.