The UK- Nigeria Tech hub in partnership with TechCircle hosted key stakeholders on Friday 27th February to discuss emerging developments in the Nigerian tech industry.
The event, curated for guests to share ideas and discuss the importance of partnerships and collaborations to grow the digital economy and drive local contents and key strategies pivotal to helping the tech ecosystem in Nigeria scale up to a point of reference globally, had over 40 tech industry-heads, founders and entrepreneurs present. In attendance was Uzoma Dozie of Sparkle and also the former CEO of Diamond Bank; Dr Ola Brown, Greentree Investment; Odun Eweniyi, Piggyvest; Fola Olatunji-David, Google; Victoria Crandall, Insider PR; Emeka Okafor, ConnectNigeria; Bayo Adekanmi, MTN; Gbenga Agboola, Flutterwave; Chinedu Azodoh, Max.ng; Emmanuel Okeleji, Seamless HR; Daniel Bloch, Seso Global, Faith Adesemowo, Social Lender among others.
Guests left the event with new insights, connections, and ideas. “This is a great avenue for people to network and meet people outside of their space. I hope partnerships will be built from here and this will help grow the Nigerian tech ecosystem,” Gbenga Agboola from Flutterwave said.
Odun Eweniyi, Co-founder Piggyvest said, “This event was great, you can get caught up in work and there are not many avenues to connect with other founders on the same journey as you”. “I would love to see efforts go into startups in funding and advisory so the nascent ecosystem could have a chance to get by.”
Honey Ogundeyi, the Country Director for the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub said, ‘We are excited with the success of the Lagos Tech Meetup, supporting entrepreneurial activity and strengthening the Nigerian technology ecosystem is a core focus of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub”. “As Nigeria’s tech sector continues to thrive, generating more than 10% of the country’s economic output – the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub is committed to providing the UK’s significant expertise in ecosystem building, start-up investment and digital skills to Nigeria’s burgeoning tech sector”.
Oo Nwoye, Executive Director TechCircle expressed satisfaction with the attendance of 40 key decision-makers in the Nigerian tech industry at the meet-up. He noted that relationships are key components for the tech community to thrive. “Thankfully, the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub agrees with this and has worked with TechCircle to put this first edition together of the Tech Meetup,” Nwoye said.
UK-Nigeria Tech Hub: UKNigeria.Techhub@fco.gov.uk