Innovation Corner, a pan-African social innovation centre focused on using technology to solve social problems and supporting entrepreneurs through learning and her network, has launched Beyond Nigeria to reflect the immersive learning from London to the tech ecosystem in Nigeria.
This launch follows the selection of Innovation Corner in the Go Global Africa program from a pool of 400 applicants in Africa. The aim of Beyond Nigeria is to bring together leading young entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and executives from across Nigeria to drive conversations around growth and acceleration beyond Nigeria.
In addition to keynote speeches and panel discussions driven by Nigeria’s top entrepreneurs and thought leaders, Beyond Nigeria will host a networking session for the tech ecosystem with the UK Government to deepen the ongoing relationship between the Nigerian tech ecosystem, the UK government, Aluko & Oyebode and Innovation Corner.
The first session, which was successful took place on Saturday, 11th May 2019. Innovation Corner and her partners have plans of building on this success in the next sessions holding in June and July. Business leaders from Seamless HR, AB InBev, Microsoft, Seamfix etc will discuss topics relevant to the idea and early-stage business to scale beyond Nigeria.
Speaking on this development, Innovation Corner’s CEO, Tochukwu Egesi, said: “We have identified a gap in the social innovation space with regards to human-centred design for social problems in Africa and support for idea and early-stage businesses in Africa. So we are happy to co-create solutions and support startups with prototyping, learning and network in partnership with corporate and government organizations as we are currently doing today with Aluko & Oyebode and the UK government as sponsors and Greenhouse Capital and Trep Labs as partners.”
UK High Commission Head of Prosperity Guy Harrison said: “The UK Government is passionate about technology as the new frontier for economic development in Nigeria and is committed to supporting the ecosystem to thrive.” Guy exposed that as part of their support to the ecosystem, the UK Foreign on his last visit to Nigeria took a tour of the tech ecosystem in Abuja. Heexpressed the readiness of the support of the UK Government to the tech ecosystem spread across the country in the future.
Osiri Ndukwe Associate, Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Aluko & Oyebode, a premier corporate law firm in Nigeria commented that the firm has made the startup ecosystem the centrepiece of positioning itself for the current clime in our world. He stressed that Aluko & Oyebode is committed to supporting the tech ecosystem and happy to partner with Innovation Corner to do that.
Other speakers at the debut edition include Mary Joseph (Associate, GreenHouse Capital), Chidi Koldsweat (CEO, Donors for Africa), Idongesit Udoh (Head of digital Access program, UK high commission) Abdulaweed Adeola (Trep Labs) and Seun Dosunmu (Across All Initiative).
Additional partners for the Beyond Nigeria in the coming sessions include Seamfix, Microsoft, Seamless HR, Smepeaks, Hypecity and MTN foundation.