Entrepreneurship News Nigeria

    Facebook launches #SheMeansBusiness to train female entrepreneurs

    Facebook has announced the launch of #SheMeansBusiness in partnership with She Leads Africa (SLA), a social community for women entrepreneurs and professionals to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across Nigeria.

    #SheMeansBusiness, which is designed to train thousands of women on how to build, grow and start their own businesses, has become important because of the growing number of women who do business online.

    According to information on the website of SLA, the training will run from May to September in six cities in Nigeria, including Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and Aba.

    “We know that when women do better, economies do better,” said Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa. “The study conducted by Development Economists further highlights this, with research suggesting that an estimated 7 million new businesses could be set up by women in Nigeria by 2021.”

    To further drive the programme, a website will be dedicated to feature the inspiring stories of successful and passionate female entrepreneurs across Nigeria redefining new possibilities and making huge impact.

    The website will also include free online tools and resources to give more women across Nigeria the mentoring and network needed to scale their businesses.

    Afua Osei, co-Founder of She Leads Africa said: “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Facebook to expand access to the digital skills necessary to move African businesses forward. We know that with the right tools and support, African women can compete on a global level and we look forward to taking these critical digital tools to entrepreneurs all across Nigeria.”

    Interested applicants can get more information about the programme here



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    Publiseer Becomes First African Publisher to Join the International Publishing Distribution Association

    Publiseer, a Nigerian digital publisher, has become the first African publishing company to join the International Publishing Distribution Association (IPDA), an international umbrella organization for companies in the field of publishing distribution.

    As part of its membership, the founders of Publiseer, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, will be attending the 5th International Digital Distributors Meeting organized by IPDA, which will hold on 6th and 7th June 2018 in Madrid, Spain. The meeting will focus on issues surrounding new business models in the publishing distribution sector, the worldwide growth of self-publishing, and “publishing and distribution of hypermedia content”.

    Publiseer is a digital publishing company in Nigeria, focused on distributing the books and songs of independent Nigerian writers and musicians, at no charge. The mission of the company is to promote the creativity of Nigerians to the rest of the world.

    Publiseer has distributed 350+ books and songs of 200+ Nigerian writers and musicians, to 400+ stores in 100 countries, including Amazon, Google Play store, and Apple store.

    Some notable companies that form part of IPDA are Bookwire (Germany), BookRepublic (Italy), Vearsa (Ireland), DeMarque (Canada), Overdrive (USA), Numilog (France), Cyberlibris (France), Hipertexto (Colombia), Netizen (México), PocketBook (Switzerland), Tolino Media (Germany), Books on Demand (Germany), Trajectory (USA), StreetLib (Italy), Libreka (Germany), ArtaTech (Poland), Ingram (USA), Publit (Sweden), Viz Media (Japan), GiantChair (USA), Nextory (Sweden), CB (The Netherlands), and Izneo (France).

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    Passion Incubator partners Sweden to launch platform connecting corporates and startups

    Passion Incubator, a Nigerian technology startup incubator, has partnered with the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria to launch Collaborate.ng, a platform that connects corporates and startups.

    Collaborate aims to proffer solutions for corporates through startups that are building disruptive technologies and also help startups gain exposure and win new deals. According to Passion Incubator, corporate organisations can explore solutions from startups through the platform to solve their biggest challenges.

    The project is in two phases: First, some Swedish corporates will be engaged and advised on their future strategies. The next phase will allow corporate organisations that have problems to be solved send in their request and the problem statement.

    The challenges are uploaded on the platform and any startup can select a problem it is interested in working on. The startups are vetted and allowed to work on projects assigned to them.

    Olufunbi Falayi, a partner at Passion Incubator said: “Corporate organisations face challenges that yearn for solutions and startups can typically solve these problems.”

    Falayi added that some companies like Flexenclosure, Oriflame and SKF are already signed up and more corporates are to be on-boarded in the coming weeks.

    The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Inger Ultvedt, said the creative spirit that is in large supply in Nigeria made her country to support the project. “I have witnessed an enormous creativity and also a high level of skill amongst the startups in Nigeria,” she said.

    “But due to the recession in 2016 and the present slow economic growth in Nigeria, many of these startups have plenty of time to do more. Every company needs qualified people to help out on some special technical challenge that they are facing.”

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    Entrepreneurship Nigeria Podcasts

    Conversation with Oby Ezekwesili – conviction, courage and fearlessness

    “Leadership is not about titles or positions; leadership is about solving problems.”

    Episode 16 of Building the Future with Dotun is here. In this episode, Oby Ezekwesili answers questions from Dotun Olowoporoku. Listen and be inspired to conviction, courage and fearlessness.

    Oby Ezekwesili is a force. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world and by The New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact for 2015.

    She was Vice President of the World Bank (Africa Region) with responsibilities for operations in 48 countries, with a lending portfolio of about $40 billion. She also worked as the Nigerian Minister of Education and later as Minister of Solid Minerals. Oby exudes passion and strength.

    We recorded this episode as a live event at the Ventures Platform in Abuja with few people in the audience.

    Recording this podcast was an insight into her phenomenal mind.

    In this episode we discuss:

    • Not everyone is called to politics, but every citizen is called to governance. Good entrepreneurship is a form of participating in governance.
    • Courage is an expression of inner conviction.
    • Technology has given Africa an unprecedented access to the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’. The winners are not yet determined because everyone is almost starting at the same time.
    • Leadership is not a title or position. It’s about solving problems.
    • Knowledge is at its cheapest and available to everybody. Africa can claim the 21st century.

    Towards the end of the interview, I asked her what she would have been doing if she was 20 younger.

    “I would probably build 20 startups” She said.

    For more details about this podcast, go to: http://www.thestarta.com/articles/podcast/oby-ezekwesili/

    All rights reserved. This publication/podcast may not be re-published in part or whole, without the expressed permission of Dotun Olowoporoku.

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    The Obama Foundation Calls on Young Africans to Participate in the Leaders Africa Program

    The Obama Foundation seeks to identify emerging African leaders from all sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing common good, to participate in the inaugural class of the Leaders Africa Program.  This program is aimed at talented individuals who are on the right trajectory at earlier stages of their journey, as well as those who have already attained success.

    The objective of the program is to build a growing network of innovative and ethical change makers in sectors including government, civil society, and the private sector, who seek to drive positive change in their communities. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated potential for impact, a clear commitment to integrity, and a commitment to stay engaged with the Obama Foundation throughout the year and beyond.

    The inaugural class of the Leaders Africa Program will convene in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 14 through July 18, 2018, as well as participate in robust online activities throughout the year. Costs related to economy class travel, lodging, and meals throughout the July 14-18 duration of the program will be footed by the foundation.

    Applications should be submitted via this link, no later than 6:00 PM ET (11:00 PM GMT) on March 25, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status via email on a rolling basis beginning on April 27, 2018.

    Candidate Criteria

    • Citizen of an African country
    • Fluent in English (verbal and written)
    • Emerging leaders from all sectors approximately between 24-40 years of age
    • Available to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa from July 14 through July 18, 2018
    • Civically minded with a track record of impact
    • A clear commitment to integrity
    • A commitment to stay engaged with the Obama Foundation throughout the year and beyond
    • Ability and inclination to positively transform the future of Africa or their community

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    GSMA Innovation Fund: African startups can secure £250K in equity-free investment

    The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund has opened applications for the 3rd round of its accelerator where startups from Africa and Asia can secure up to 250,000 GBP in equity-free funding.

    Startups from any sector that are at the post-revenue stage, and using mobile technologies such as big data analytics, SMS, mobile money, IOT, USSD, and IVR to solve local challenges can apply for the programme.

    The selected startups will receive mentoring from experts and have access to potential partnerships that can help them scale their products and services into sustainable businesses with positive socio-economic impact. “The objective of the fund is to establish partnerships between mobile operators and startups in order to increase the reach of innovative mobile services to low-income citizens,” says GSMA.

    “For the third round, the fund will be supporting start-ups willing to work with mobile operators. The fund is sector-agnostic and open to post-revenue start-ups using mobile to solve local challenges in Asia-Pacific and Africa,” the fund added.

    The eligibility criteria for interested startups include having active users and revenue in at least one market, as well as clear and measurable socio-economic impact targeting low-income citizens, rural populations, women and /or youth. They must also be registered or operating in the country of project implementation.

    The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund is supported by the UK Department For International Development (DFID), the Australian Government, and the GSMA.

    The deadline for submission of entries is 15 April, 2018. Interested startups can get more information about the programme here.



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