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Urban MBA - 5 minutes with founder Kofi Oppong

Urban MBA is described as the University for street entrepreneurs; an award winning charity that delivers enterprise and employability training.

Its enterprise training program is designed to reach young adults who are not in education, employment or training by using relatable and accessible language and communication tools.  Founder, Kofi Oppong, developed his training methodology over many years of training and managing young employees in organisations such as Nike and social enterprises.  He learnt that illustrating points using cultural references and metaphors relevant to young disengaged adults meant that they 'got it'. For example, using sport, music and fashion to demonstrate subjects such as finance and accounts in a way that can be understood and is relevant.

5 QUESTIONS, 5 MINUTES  with Kofi Oppong, founder of Urban MBA

WHAT DROVE YOU TO SET UP A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?

The realisation that I never learnt anything at school but that it all came after.  Books taught me more than school.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGH POINT?

Seeing how many people's lives we have influenced.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE?

Dealing with the punches that come with being a social entrepreneur.  It has been a real lesson in resilience.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS?

Never ever give up!  You have to believe in yourself and keep going.

WHAT IS SUCCESS FOR URBAN MBA?

To have an influence on an archaic education system.  We must tell stories not stats!

July 2018