Patrick Mcginnis – Guest Speaker at Freetown Pitch Night.

Patrick Mcginnis , the international venture capitalist, writer and speaker was our Guest Speaker at the May 15th edition of the Freetown Pitch Nigth.

The Mayor of Freetown, Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, the Managing Director of Heineken (Sierra Leone Brewery), the Country Director of the British Council and a visiting delegation from the World Bank also attended. The theme was Water and Sanitation- meeting the SDG 6.

He graduated magna cum laude from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Patrick coined the term “FOMO”– or fear of missing out, which was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, as well as the term “FOBO”– or fear of a better option. He has been featured as the creator of both terms in media outlets including The New York Times, Inc Magazine, Boston Magazine, MSNBC, and Cheddar. He is also the creator and host of the hit podcast FOMO Sapiens, which invites innovators, disruptors and leaders to discuss how they have faced their own FOMO and gone on to build successful startups and organizations.

Patrick is also the author of the international bestseller The 10% Entrepreneur, a guide to becoming an entrepreneur without quitting your day job, (Penguin Portfolio 2016). Translated into more than 10 languages, the book has been featured by The Financial Times, the BBC, MSNBC, CNN en Español, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, and many other media outlets worldwide. Patrick continues to tour the world offering workshops, seminars and presentations focused on cultivating entrepreneurship and fighting FOMO and FOBO.

A 10% Entrepreneur himself, Patrick has invested in, advised, or founded more than 20 part-time entrepreneurial ventures in high-tech, real estate, and entertainment throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, two of which have subsequently become unicorns. Most recently, he is an investor in the upcoming UK theatrical production of “The Last King of Scotland.”

Patrick started his career as an emerging markets investor at JP Morgan and AIG Capital Partners, and continues to advise The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation on topics related to emerging markets, venture capital, and private equity.

He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and his visited more than 80 countries.

Patrick Mcginnis
Her Worship Mayor Aki-Sawyer with the MD of Heineken Sierra Leone
Her Worship Mayor Aki-Sawyer and Country Director of the British Council with Patrick Mcginnis
The Pitchers, Panelists and Guests

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Freetown Pitch Night Report Theme: Mayor’s Pitch Night Special

Mayors special_Report_15082018_finalv1– PDF Version

Date: 1st August 2018
No of participants/audience: 150+
No and names and company names of pitchers:
Six Pitches :
Aminata Dumbuya – The Masada Waste Transformers
Willem Tijssen – B. E. S. T Salone
Frankyln Johnson – Lorlyn Consulting
Davephine Tholley – Waste Cyclers
Abu Bakaar – Sirra Recycling Industry
Walid Bashoon – Premier Enviro

Names of sponsors and partners:

Main Sponsors
SL Brewery/Heineken (Mützig)
Innovation SL Ltd

Partners
Cordaid
Insight
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With a focus on managing waste in Freetown, the “Mayor’s Pitch Night Special” held on 1st August, 2018 was an outstanding example of how Freetown’s business community can generate solutions to some of our most pressing problems.

The event was opened by the Chairman of GEN Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheka Forna. He reiterated why Freetown Pitch Night decided to hold the “Mayor Special Pitch Night”.

Under the right conditions, entrepreneurs can have incredible power. They can help regions prosper economically and, as they help engineer innovative solutions to problems and challenges, they can also serve society. Yvonne Aki-Sawyer OBE, Freetown’s new Mayor, won a comprehensive mandate from the  voters of Freetown. This mandate includes job creation for the city’s young people and better waste management. As new and growing businesses represent the principal sources of job creation and innovative activity in an economy,  two factors that generally help raise standards of living for all, municipal authorities across the world are turning to entrepreneurs for ideas to help them address the challenges they face.

Recognizing the role that entrepreneurship can play in helping address Freetown’s  challenges Mayor Aki-Sawyer, with Freetown Pitch Night, is inviting entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for waste recycling businesses to include a significant  youth employment component.

Freetown requires a comprehensive waste management solution which must be delivered city-wide, and will require consolidation and significant resources.

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Theme: Pitch Night Special for the new Mayor: August 1st 2018

Theme: Pitch Night Special: for the new Mayor. August 1st 2018.

Under the right conditions, entrepreneurs can have incredible power. They can help regions prosper economically and, as they help engineer innovative solutions to problems and challenges, they can also serve society.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyer OBE, Freetown’s new Mayor,  won a comprehensive mandate from the  voters of Freetown.  This mandate includes job creation for the city’s young people and better waste management.

As new and growing businesses represent the principal sources of job creation and innovative activity in an economy, two factors that generally help raise standards of living for all, municipal authorities across the world are turning to entrepreneurs for ideas to help them address the challenges they face.

Recognising the role that entrepreneurship can play in helping address Freetown’s
challenges Mayor Aki-Sawyer, with Freetown Pitch Night, is inviting entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for waste recycling businesses to include a significant youth employment component.

Freetown requires a comprehensive waste management solution which must be delivered city-wide, and will require consolidation and significant resources. Ideas should take this into consideration, and the pitcher demonstrate the ability and capacity to deliver.

If you have an idea to pitch please visit http://fpngewsl2018.startupcompete.co
and enter the selection round. Instructions are on the website.

 

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