Gabriella Kisoi is an entrepreneur from Kenya and was Course Representative for the MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management in 2020/21.
Her passion for innovative sustainable development and climate action led her to start a social enterprise that empowers Kenyan fruit and vegetable vendors to join the modern economy by manufacturing climate-smart, solar-powered market stalls. She came to Nottingham University Business School to expand her entrepreneurial knowledge and build a strong foundation for her career.
"The academic element has exceeded my expectations, enabling me to bridge theory to practice. Most notably, I enjoyed the Entrepreneurial Creativity module that gave me the creative freedom to submit coursework in the form of interactive blogs, as well as launch an environmental enterprise centred around food waste and group diversity. This module taught me as much about innovation as it did about my thinking style and has shaped the way I approach collaboration in an entrepreneurial environment."
I chose Nottingham because of its international reputation for excellence and world-class EIM programme, but I have been won over by the tight-knit community, as well as the endless opportunities for growth and personal development.
Another favourite was the Entrepreneurship Project in which I had the chance to be a consultant for the Ingenuity Lab. Throughout the module I gained practical insights from industry professionals about the ins and outs of consulting, and it was a rewarding experience knowing that the final report would go towards making a meaningful difference.
My time at the Business School has allowed me to discover how I can hone my skills and experiences to become a champion of innovation for Africa. My motivation plan is to shape entrepreneurship and innovation within the African continent to deliver more sustainable enterprises that make both an impact and an income.”
Upon finishing her Masters, Gabriella has secured a job at Nesta, a leading innovation foundation based in London.