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UBC Sauder LIFT: Africa

(Formerly Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Kenya)

UBC Sauder School of Business LIFT: Kenya (formerly SSE Kenya) challenges UBC Sauder students to apply business concepts and tools in a classroom of aspiring entrepreneurs. Students travel to developing countries and deliver a series of workshops to empower local participants to start their own businesses for economic betterment.

UBC Sauder LIFT is a socially impactful international activity that has trained over 800 entrepreneurs in developing countries.


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UBC Sauder LIFT is a program that transcends international borders to deliver essential business tools to a classroom of aspiring entrepreneurs. At its core, LIFT represents: Leadership, Innovation, Fundamentals and Training.

Led by UBC students, this business training program is designed for youth in Kibera and Mathare – two of the largest slum communities in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kibera is one of the most studied areas in Africa with an estimated population of over 1-million people in just 2.5 square km.



Mathare is home to approximately 500,000 people in an area of only 1 square km. It is one of the oldest and most disadvantaged communities in Kenya.

Since 2006, UBC Sauder LIFT has served over 800 participants 
UBC Sauder LIFT is comprised of Sauder students from diverse backgrounds, with 60% women and 40% men. 

In the long term, UBC Sauder LIFT strives to nurture entrepreneurship and business ideas to reduce Kenya’s high unemployment rate. 

UBC students partaking in the program are exposed first-hand to a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures, witness the growth of a business, and understand the impact education has on economic development at a granular level.

UBC Sauder LIFT 2018

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