By Moses Nosike
With the aim of helping entrepreneurs in Africa succeed in business, an online business school, Business Lab Africa, BLA, has been launched.
Set up Triciabiz, the school, which offers a new approach to learning, is subscription-based and is geared towards providing quality content at a price MSMEs can afford.
According to its management, not only is BLA easily accessible via mobile or web, it also offers knowledge that is practical, qualitative and locally relevant.
Courses on the BLA curriculum, management says, are taught by business experts from around the world covering a wide range of business subject areas including Marketing, Sales, Global Expansion, Business Structure and Processes, Business Models and more.
Speaking on the operations of the platform, Lead Trainer, Tricia Ikponmwonba said that BLA’s faculty consists of trainers with deep business knowledge having consulted and trained for several fortune 100 companies and taught a combined pool of over 1 million entrepreneurs through their online and in-class courses/workshops. She revealed that the school has trained over twenty thousand people in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, United States, United Kingdom and the UAE.
“At BLA, we are poised towards our simple goal; helping entrepreneurs succeed in business. We have adapted a blended learning model where we make use of several methods that simplifies the entire process.
“One of our methods is instructor learning which is achieved via recorded videos addressing specific sub-topics under the subject area for the month, live classes with experts to answer burning questions and “worksheets/templates for guidance,” she said.
The school also uses peer-to-peer learning in its online community where fellow learners can teach one another ideas that have worked for them and build on the belief that to teach is to learn twice.
Aside deploying real business situations as case studies, Ikponmwonba said that BLA boasts of other differentiating factors from other learning platforms which includes using content that is curated with the African market as the business operating factor
“We also have a support system consisting of community coaches who are on ground to respond to any questions learners have which can be communicated in the comment section of each lesson”.