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In November 2016, we shut down our Lagos office for 2 weeks to go on a tour of Northern Nigeria. Our purpose was to scout for tech innovations and organise local events to understand the challenges innovators are facing in the region.
Inspired by the illuminating discoveries we made on that trip, we have decided to refresh the Techpoint Innovation Tour.
So between November 5th and 17th, 2017, the entire Techpoint team will be touring 4 states in the South-South and South-East of Nigeria — Anambra, Uyo, Abia and Port-Harcourt — with four primary objectives:
- Discover more innovation clusters and bring the spotlight on them.
- Engage developers, students and innovators.
- Visit various university campuses to motivate and foster technological awareness among the youth.
- Get the best startups to feature at our upcoming Techpoint Build event in Lagos.
This will amount to over 30 hours of travelling across 1,515 km, punctuated by discoveries, personality interviews, meet-ups, vox pop interviews, street campaigns, etc. We hope to engage like-minded startups, innovators, and technology enthusiasts that are taking on the challenges of building their respective communities with the aid of technology.
However, we cannot achieve this on our own. If you are interested in sponsoring us, kindly get in touch via the Techpoint Innovation Tour official website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need all the help we can get to make this trip a success.
If you are a startup founder, innovator, technology student, or anyone with brilliant innovations based in Port-Harcourt, Abia, Uyo, and Anambra, you can register now to be part of our local meetups.
Signed: Adewale Yusuf, founder and CEO, Techpoint.ng
This Week on Techpoint
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Excess funds + poor execution = bad business. Early in the week, we sat for a chat with Collins Onuegbu, founder and CEO of enterprise IT service provider, Signal Alliance.
Among other valuable business insights, he emphasised the need for founders with technology backgrounds to transit from a “coding-only” to a more business-oriented mindset.
Technology is not the new oil and gas? Amidst continuous calls to diversify the Nigerian economy away from being oil-dependent, technology is often touted as the “next oil and gas”. Techpoint’s Ifeanyi Ndiomewese shares his opinion on why this thinking is misguided.
How to bridge the IT skills gap in Nigeria’s workforce. Studying computer science from primary school through university is increasingly becoming not enough to launch students into successful careers. Here’s how we can fix the problem.
How WhatsApp Payments will disrupt fintech in Nigeria. Following the news that WhatsApp is rolling out a payments solution for emerging markets, starting with India, Techpoint’s Victor Ekwealor makes some projections on the possible resultant effects when it eventually comes to Nigeria.
Every weekday at noon (WAT), we feature up and coming startups attempting to break into the market.
This week’s featured startups
- Dankoli — trade seamlessly within Northern Nigeria
- 247 Interns — access internship opportunities online
- FoodFacts — get health information about food products in Nigeria
- Adspro — reach potential customers across the internet
- Suprix Technology — get IT solutions in Kaduna
OgaVenue goes to East Africa. After establishing a strong presence in Nigeria, with over 2000 venue listings in all 36 states, OgaVenue has expanded operations to Kenya.
Founder and CEO, Andrew Airelobhegbe shares the reasoning behind this move.
Opportunities this week:
- Union Bank’s Startup Connect will connect tech-enabled startups with the Union Bank brand for collaboration.
- The GE Lagos Garage skills training programme is back.
- The Silicon Valley Accelerate programme connects emerging technology leaders with Silicon Valley.
- DEMO Africa 2017 is here
- The Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator is a 10-week development programme targeted at beauty industry entrepreneurs.
- Over £300,000 in grants from the Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation fund.
- ₦3m in grants for the top 5 businesses at Diamond Bet Season 7.
For more information on the above opportunities, please go here.
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On May 29, 2018, Techpoint will be hosting 5000+ people at Techpoint Inspired, the biggest tech conference in Nigeria. Registration is FREE but you can also get VIP tickets to secure a front row seat and access other perks. For sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to email@example.com