1 Day, 4 Keynote Addresses, 4 Moderators, 16 panelists, 4-Panel Sessions all for #techsummitogun.
The TechSummitOgun is poised to be a platform for convergence of novel ideas, people, organizations and future disruptors, the 2018 Technology Summit Ogun seek to stimulate an awakening of possibilities leveraging technology and innovation for development, through start-ups, technology-driven enterprise and businesses, civic-tech initiatives and other digital innovations.
The summit will convey leading stakeholders within the tech start-up and innovation ecosystem in Nigeria to engage in discussions and explore solutions needed to drive and grow early-stage tech ecosystem within Ogun State, to an active innovation district.
The state has the highest concentration of tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It is home to twenty-one tertiary institutions (14 Universities, 5 Polytechnics and 2 Colleges of Education). Consequently, it houses thousands of viable talent/human capital, and with the right mentorship and support, may become potential startup founders and business entrepreneurs, driving innovation in the State. Despite these potential opportunities, actions are required to leap towards the tech center being envisioned.
Organised by VerveTree, the summit will be held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The central theme of the summit is “Disruptive Innovation; Where are We?”. The #TechSummitOgun seeks to serve as a platform for enabling sustainable engagement of making Ogun State an active technological gateway in Nigeria.
Stakeholders expected at the Summit include founders and partners of leading Nigerian start-ups, representatives of government, operators of innovation hubs, entrepreneurs, investors, private sector companies, telecommunication and data service providers, academic institutions and others within the technological ecosystem in Nigeria.
Topics of Discussion
- Education. Promoting Ogun State as a technological hub in Nigeria.
- Start-ups. Growing a fully, sustainable technology start-up.
- Financing. Challenges facing the financing of start-ups in Nigeria.
- Media. Pitching the traditional or social media, what works?
The expected speakers at the summit include:
Kola Aina is an entrepreneur, creative, and angel investor. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ventures Platform, a seed stage fund, and accelerator.
Ventures Platform is an Africa focused fund that operates a leading startup accelerator, which offers a 16-week program, providing advisory, mentorship, back office support, seed-funding and need-based residency to selected startups.
Mr. Bosun Tijani serves as a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Co-Creation Hub. Previously, he was a European Research Network Manager at Pera Innovation Network. Mr. Tijani served as a Consultant at ICT4Trade (International Trade Centre). Prior to that, he had a deployment lead in education and social investment at Hewlett Packard Company. Mr. Tijani was a Business Development Manager at DeliveryKing. He serves as a Director at GoMyWay. He was a Director of Incoming Exchange at AIESEC.
Tijani holds a Diploma in Computer Science, B.Sc. in Economics from University of Jos and M.Sc. in Information Systems and Management from Warwick Business School.
Mr. Seni is the Country Director of Andela, responsible for all country operations in Nigeria. He is passionate about building an ecosystem of exemplary African businesses and leaders. Seni has experience advising, launching and operating businesses across a wide range of sectors. Before Andela, he built and operated a new business airline connecting Lagos and Port Harcourt. His prior career spans across Konga, HP, CardinalStone, and Bain & Company.
He is also the founder of AYPAfrica, an organization that provides practical insights to help talented young Africans pursue self-actualization. Seni has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Tolu Ogunlesi currently works as Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Digital and New Media, and Head of the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE). Prior to this, he worked as Strategic Communications Adviser to Nigeria’s current Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment. Between 2009 and 2015 he worked as a journalist, columnist and contributor to Nigerian and international newspapers, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Financial Mail (South Africa), Forbes Africa, the London Guardian, CNN.com and several others.
He’s a two-time winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Award; a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow (2013); a Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer (2008); and a 2016 Winner of Nigeria’s DAME Prize for Informed Commentary.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, UK.
In 2016 he set up the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement, to serve as an in-house Digital Agency for the Nigerian Presidency and the Government of Nigeria.
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