Following the selection of Innovation Corner from a pool of 400 applicants in Africa for the Go Global Africa program organised by the UK Government, Innovation Corner has launched ‘Beyond Nigeria’ to reflect the immersive learning from London to the tech ecosystem in Nigeria.
‘Beyond Nigeria’ brings together leading young entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem players and executives from across Nigeria to drive conversations around growth and acceleration beyond the shores of Nigeria.
In addition to the keynote speeches and panel discussions driven by Nigeria’s top entrepreneurs and thought leaders, the ‘Beyond Nigeria’ summit 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 kicked off on Saturday, 11th May 2019, held at the NG Hub by Facebook, Yaba, Lagos. Topics discusses at the event included; How to build an impactful startup deck and raising funds.
After a successful debut outing of the event, Innovation Corner and her partners will leverage on this in the next sessions holding in June and July. There business leaders from Seamless HR, AB InBev, Microsoft, Seamfix will discuss topics relevant to the idea and early-stage business to scale beyond Nigeria. Also partnering are Smepeaks, Hypecity and MTN Foundation.
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. Guy, expressed 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 said 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 to 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).
Launched in Nigeria by Tochukwu Egesi, Innovation Corner is a 1-year-old pan-African social innovation centre focused on using technology to solve social problems and supporting entrepreneurs through learning and her network. Two tech products have been launched via the internal innovation team. These products include, Blueform and Rem Health.