BAC hosted its first International Academic Conference in collaboration with its partner University based in UK, University of Sheffield Hallam from the 25th – 26th July 2018 at BAC Main Campus. The conference brought together entrepreneurs, business leaders, economists, policy makers, technologists, academics, researchers, and graduate students, and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation, business and technology, and local development. The theme of the conference; Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Economic Diversification and Local Development was deliberately chosen to appeal to and attract a broad range of stakeholders active in entrepreneurship and innovation strategy, policies, and activities in Africa and beyond - including business leaders in emerging economies in the Middle East and East Asia, and NGOs and other civil society structures in these parts of the world. This conference was in line with BAC’s mandate to contribute to Human Resource Development and skills capacity building and also to address issues of high graduate unemployment rate by providing solutions through Entrepreneurship. This was a packed conference with speakers and researchers from all relevant Ministries and departments in Africa and beyond. Amongst the speakers will be Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Honourable Ngaka Ngaka and his Assistant Honourable Fidelis Molao, Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Honourable Phillip Makgalemele, Permanent Secretary of Investment, Trade and Industry, Ms Peggy Serame, representatives from the industry as well as speakers from South Africa, Ghana, UK, Zimbabwe and Ghana to mention a few.