WMI Online Academy 2022

The WMI Online Academy 2022 will take place on Monday, September 5 – Friday, October 28, 2022. The WMI Academy is an exciting opportunity for recent graduates to participate in an intensive professional development program. Invited participants can choose between learning skills essential to developing business or CBO/NGO plans. Guest speakers from universities and industry professionals will be presenting key concepts and the how-to skills needed during weekly one-hour live webinars. With a small cohort, recent graduates can engage and ask questions with presenters from across Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

Invited participants are able to register between July 18 – August 1, 2022

Week 1:

Welcome + Market Research/Needs Assessment

Business Plan – Market Research: The following webinar was held on Tuesday, September 6. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Professor Caren Ouma. If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides presented can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO – Needs Assesment: The following webinar was held on Thursday, September 8. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Dr Albanous Gitiru of Micato Safaris, American Share – Kenya. If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides presented can be accessed here.

Week 2:

Mission Statement + Theory of Change/Business Model

CBO/NGO + Business Plan – Designing a Mission Statement: The first webinar for this week is a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. This webinar was held on Monday, September 12. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Winnie Muchina Njeri (Senior Learning Designer – Education Design Unlimited). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides can be accessed here.

Business Plan- Choosing a business model: The following webinar was held on Wednesday, September 14. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Joel Bamwise (Uganda – Programs Manager Stanbic Business Incubator). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you.

CBO/NGO – The guiding theory of change: The following webinar was held on Friday, September 16. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Solomon Kayiwa Mugambe (Uganda – Co-founder/ED Wezesha Impact). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here and the Wezesha Impact Theory of Change is here.

Week 3:

SWOT Analysis

CBO/NGO + Business – Dont start without a SWOT analysis: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Tuesday, September 20. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Eannes G. Ongus (Kenya – United States International University-Africa). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you.

Week 4:

Budgeting & Financial Management

CBO/NGO + Business – Part I: Intro to Budgeting: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Tuesday, September 27. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Francis Kamo (Zambia – Business and Markets Development Specialist). If you were not able to attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO + Business – Part II: Intro to Financial Management: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Thursday, September 29. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Francis Kamo (Zambia – Business and Markets Development Specialist). If you were not able to attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

Week 5:

HR: Staffing Needs and Recruitment

CBO/NGO + Business – HR Part I: Starting from Zero: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Tuesday, October 4. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Oluwatoyin Omotayo (Nigeria – Chief Executive Officer at SESEWA- Nigeria’s 1st Internship focused and foremost career development organization). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO + Business – HR Part II: Creating Your Team: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Thursday, October 6. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Oluwatoyin Omotayo (Nigeria – Chief Executive Officer at SESEWA- Nigeria’s 1st Internship focused and foremost career development organization). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

Week 6:

Branding

CBO/NGO + Business – Branding Part I: Creating Your Brand Identity: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Tuesday, October 11. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Wemimo Onikan (Nigeria – Comm & Media specialist). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO + Business – Branding Part II: Creating a Branding Guide: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Thursday, October 13. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Wemimo Onikan (Nigeria – Comm & Media specialist). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

Week 7:

Measurement and Evaluation

Business – M&E: Measuring Success & Indicator Development: The following webinar was held on Tuesday, October 18. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Philip Oduma (Kenya – Project Manager implementing USAID funded OVC project). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO – M&E: Measuring Success & Indicator Development: The following webinar was held on Thursday, October 20. WMI Graduate Scholars will heard from Philip Oduma (Kenya – Project Manager implementing USAID funded OVC project). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

Week 8:

Pitch Presentations

CBO/NGO + Business – How to Create a Pitch Presentation: This was a joint webinar for the Business Plan Focus and the CBO/NGO Focus. It was held on Monday, October 24. WMI Graduate Scholars heard from Eannes G. Ongus (USIU-Africa). If you did not attend this scheduled webinar or did not attend for at least 50% of the presentation the WMI Regional Coordinator responsible for the week will be in contact with you. The slides for this presentation can be accessed here.

CBO/NGO + Business – Live Finale! Pitch Presentation Competition! It was held on Friday, October 28. WMI Graduate Scholars listened to the 2022 WMI Pitch Presentations from the competitors as well as comments from our four judges; Eannes G. Ongus (USIU-Africa), Jag Dalal, Gail Nystrom and Jacquelyne Alesi.

NEW! The WMI Online Academy
Pitch Competition 2022

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the WMI Online Academy Pitch Competition 2022! During the registration process, invited participants are encouraged to share a business, CBO or NGO idea that interests them. Throughout the first seven weeks, attendees will strengthen their ideas and during the final webinar session, participants who are interested will be provided the spotlight to present their business, CBO or NGO idea to a panel of WMI Board of Director judges and fellow peers. The three top-scoring presentations will be awarded $500, $300 and $200 to support their pitch idea or local community!

  • Participants are encouraged to learn more about the pitch competition: Official Handout
  • Registration to participate is due by Friday, September 30, 2022.
  • Prepare your pitch presentation with the: Official Judging Rubric

Academy Webinar Schedule

Time Commitment: The time commitment to attend all live sessions is approximately 20 hours over an 8 week period (2.5 hours per week).

Participants choose between option 1 or option 2:

Option 1: Business Plan Development

Monday, September 5 – Friday, October 28, 2022

Week 1: Where to Start: Conducting Market Research
Week 2: Designing a Mission Statement
Week 2: Choosing a Business Model
Week 3: Don’t Start Without a SWOT Analysis
Week 4: Part I: Intro to Budgeting
Week 4: Part II: Intro to Financial Management
Week 5: HR Part I: Starting from Zero
Week 5: HR Part II: Creating Your Team
Week 6: Branding Part I: Creating Your Brand Identity
Week 6: Branding Part II: Creating a Branding Guide
Week 7: M&E: Measuring Success & Indicator Development
Week 8: How to Create a Pitch Presentation
Week 8: Live Finale! Pitch Presentation Competition!

Option 2: Community Based Organization/NGO Plan Development

Monday, September 5 – Friday, October 28, 2022

Week 1: Where to Start: Conducting a Needs Assessment
Week 2: Designing a Mission Statement
Week 2: The Guiding Theory of Change
Week 3: Don’t Start Without a SWOT Analysis
Week 4: Part I: Intro to Budgeting
Week 4: Part II: Intro to Financial Management
Week 5: HR Part I: Starting from Zero
Week 5: HR Part II: Creating Your Team
Week 6: Branding Part I: Creating Your Brand Identity
Week 6: Branding Part II: Creating a Branding Guide
Week 7: M&E: Measuring Success & Indicator Development
Week 8: How to Create a Pitch Presentation
Week 8: Live Finale! Pitch Presentation Competition!

Participation Requirements

Participants are required to attend all live webinars. If a conflict arises on the day of the webinar or you are not able to attend more than 50% of the live session due to connectivity issues, you will have access to the webinar recording and will need to complete three follow-up questions sent via email by the WMI staff advisor of the week.

Certificates

WMI is honored to award the following certificates as part of the WMI Online Academy 2022:

1) Certificate of Completion: Will be awarded for 100% webinar attendance. The certificate will include the number of hours of instruction.

2) Business/CBO/NGO Pitch Presentation Participation: Presenters will receive a participation certificate which will include recognition of the CBO, NGO or business plan that was presented.

3) Pitch Presentation Winners (3): The three top-scoring pitch presenters will also receive an honorary certificate for their accomplishment.