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Five Edtech Startups In Nigeria Seeking To Transform The Education Sector That You Should Know

Education is a nation’s most important asset. It is arguably what differentiates a third-world country from a developed one. This article paints a stark image; there’s a 100-year gap in education standards between developed and developing countries (see diagram below). This is one reason why these edtech startups in Nigeria are very important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 1: Education in Developing Countries vs. Developed

 

Here are the five edtech startups attempting to change the narrative:

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Tuteria

Tuteria was founded by Godwin Benson and it’s mission is to help students or individuals find expert private tutors easily.  Godwin Benson won the Royal Academy of Engineering award in the United Kingdom (UK) earlier in the year. The team began working on the idea in 2013. It also helps tutors earn an income teaching subjects and skills. Subjects include Maths, English, Verbal & Quantitative reasoning, Science etc. Users can also learn skills like photography, music, public speaking etc.

The startup has a strong leaning towards trust. Its tutors are assessed, they take a test in most subjects. The score will determine if they will be allowed to teach the subject. Tuteria also conducts background checks and requests verified IDs. The two-way review system also keeps tutors accountable.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Proteach.ng

Obasolape Abiola is the founder of this edtech startup. It provides personalized home tutoring services to students & individuals. While it is similar to Tuteria, it is taking a different angle to home tutoring. It provides tutors with a consideration of the child or student’s learning style. The platform assesses a user’s learning style through a test. It then matches the learner with a tutor based on the result of the assessment.

Proteach is one of the startups in Venture Platform’s (VP) portfolio. It pitched at VP’s first demo day as part of its first cohort. Venture Platform describes itself as a startup that builds startups. Additionally, it finds and funds innovative startups in Africa. VP injected a seed fund of $20,000 into Proteach. Faith History spoke with Obasolape earlier this year, you can listen to the interview here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: ScholarX

ScholarX simply connects Africans with scholarship opportunities. Bola Lawal is the founder of this startup. It launched in Ghana through a partnership with AB review. Its app is available on the Google Play store and iTunes. Furthermore, it matches users with scholarship opportunities based on parameters such as State, Faculty, College, School, CGPA/Level etc.

ScholarX recently launched Village a crowdfunding platform which allows students create fund requests that sponsors can find and fund. Students are already benefiting from the platform as you’ll find here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Elearn.ng

Elearn.ng focuses on vocational and technical education. This makes the startup different from others on the list. Michael Onobote and Chigozie Amaraegbeni are the founders of this startup. It provides skills training to individuals through its online learning platform and physical classes.

Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Additionally, some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others. You can read more about the startup here and listen to Faith History’s interview with Michael Onobote here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: PrepClass

This startup is also an online tutoring platform. This goes to imply the market size of the private tutoring business. Parents will go to any length to ensure that their children are academically successful. This is without considering that not only children use these tutoring platforms. Adults also use the platforms.

PrepClass is however  taking a different approach from the other platforms previously reviewed. First, it has a strong leaning towards test and exam preparation. Secondly, it has a proprietary online test prep software. Furthermore, it has a large pool of tutors. Finally, students can use the platform to prepare for a test without the aid of a tutor. Fast Company named it as one of the top most innovative companies in Africa. Here’s a good review of the startup.

In conclusion, we will continue to add more edtech startups as we review and interview founders. One initiative worthy of mention is Relearn by CcHub. Tell us what you think about this list in the comments. Also let us know what startups you think we should add to the list.

 

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Elearn.ng Is Seeking To Reduce Unemployment By Helping African Youths Acquire Vocational Skills

In 2016, the UN (United Nations) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, urged member countries to renew its resolve to invest more in empowering young people. Elearn.ng, a Nigerian edtech startup appears to have answered Mr. Moon’s call. Mr. Moon’s proclamation further acknowledged that more than 73 million youths were unemployed. This was on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day in 2016.  One of the most important ways to empower youths is through skills development.

Elearn.ng provides access to vocational and technical skills training that empowers young people to be economically successful. Faith History spoke with Michael Onobote, Cofounder – Elearn.ng in this interview. Many young people would never get access to jobs without skills development. This makes the case for the startup’s value proposition.

 

Elearn.ng: “How I Got Into Education Technology” – Michael Onobote (Co-founder)

Michael Onobote didn’t get into the education sector from the start. It took a bit of inquiring and thinking before he found himself in the sector. Initially a techie, Michael got his first degree in Information & Communications Technology. After a few years, he realized he was always involved in projects that were related to education. His final year project as an undergraduate focused on streaming educational content over a wireless network. During his National Youth Service year he was in an education community development group.

It didn’t take long before Michael realized he was passionate about education. Since he had a technology background, he decided to research how he could marry both fields. He ended up finding the term “education technology” after an online search. Once he found this, he proceeded to research the best schools in the world to learn about the term. Michael eventually ended up in Oxford University on a scholarship. He also worked on his research project in Osun State on the Opon Imo project. Subsequently, he got an internship role in UNESCO.

Elearn.ng: “How We Got Here After A Rocky Start”

The startup started off as a classifieds website where people could list their businesses and get connected to prospective learners. The startup’s broad focus was to help individuals find skills that they could learn in order to startup their own businesses. The startup later discontinued the classifieds model as it was capital intensive and tedious. It involved going from one skills trainer to another to convince them to list on the platform after paying a token. The startup later pivoted to an online learning platform for skills acquisition.

At the time it pivoted, the market was not exactly ready for the service. The founders however launched the service with a long term view in mind. Several reports on the importance of vocational skills development further convinced them they were on the right track.

Elearn.ng: How To Access The Startup’s Service

Elearn.ng’s mission is to empower people with skills so they can have a better life. You can access the platform via your website and mobile phones. Users can access the platform via this link. Elearn.ng’s training courses are available via its website. It also facilitates classroom skills training for young people.  Additionaly, the startup also provides home tutoring.

Users can take a course on the platform while trainers can sign-up to become instructors. Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others.

Do not forget to listen to the full interview here. Tell you what you think about this startup in the comments.

Three Takeways From Faith History’s Interview with Instagram Expert; Julchit Dadi

Julchit Dadi is an Instagram Expert and Trainer. She helps businesses grow their social media pages. The scope of her work includes working with businesses to increase the number of their engaged followers. Julchit also works with startups to put together their social media strategy.

She spoke with Faith History in an interview where she shared some Instagram tips for businesses. Here are four takeaways from the interview:

 

Julchit Dadi: Invest In Yourself As An Entrepreneur

Julchit started honing her craft in social media in 2015.  She was a graphics designer at an E-commerce business at the time. Julchit attributes her success to her boss at the time. He recognized she had a flair for social media and begun to train her to be good at it. She further developed herself by reading articles, watching webinars and videos on social media.

Ensure you stay ahead of the curve as an entrepreneur. Always be on the lookout for information and knowledge that will give you an edge.

 

Julchit Dadi: Build Your Business Around Your Customers

Julchit Dadi ventured out on her own as a consultant in 2016. She quickly realized that for her to succeed her focus must be her clients instead of the financial rewards. This decision changed everything about her business. It changed the type of content she delivered and the way she engaged with her clients. She was always seeking to add value to people and then the financial rewards started coming in. Focus on making your clients very happy in whatever business you run and watch the financial rewards roll in.

 

Julchit Dadi: Don’t Forget The Social In Social Media

Treat every Instagram account as a human being. Your focus as a business should not be to increase your follower count. The focus should be to ensure that you are engaging with your audience. Always keep in mind that behind every Instagram page or account (excluding fake/bot accounts) is a real person. You should therefore treat them as such. Take time to engage with people, drop a comment and start a conversation. This is the number one rule for succeeding on Instagram. While it may not immediately get you one thousand followers, it will help you gradually build a community of real and engaged followers.

 

Julchit Dadi: Want To Hire A Social Media Manager or Consultant?

If you are looking for a social media manager or consultant, make sure the person you are considering is already giving you value. Only get in touch with a person who is already giving you value even without meeting you. How you may ask? Check the free advice the person is giving out on his/her social media page. Do you find it a valuable? If yes, then go ahead to call the person in for an interview.

 

Do not forget to listen to the full interview with Julchit Dadi here. You might also find this article helpful. Tell us what you think in the comments.

 

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Social Lender Is Seeking To Help Low Income Earners In Africa Get Access To Formal Credit

Nigeria’s fintech industry is not only buzzing with innovative solutions, it is changing how we live and do business. One of such innovative solutions is Social Lender. Social Lender is a lending solution that provides loans to individuals based on their social reputation. Bincom ICT solutions is the mother company of Social Lender.

Faith History spoke with Bade Adesemowo, Co-founder & CTO (Chief Technology Officer) at Social Lender, listen to the interview here. Bade Adesemowo is a techie who started off with website development seventeen years ago. He handles software development and everything technology at Social Lender. The CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Faith Adesemowo, has an investment banking background.

 

Social Lender: Here’s A Brief Background About The Startup

Social Lender piloted its product in 2014 with Sterling Bank. However, the startup officially launched in Nigeria in January 2015. After successfully testing and validating the solution, Sterling Bank took it live. The pilot was crucial as there was no similar solution at the time in Nigeria.

While Sterling Bank currently provides the funds in Nigeria, the startup has gone on to launch in South Africa. It launched in South Africa through Barclays Bank (ABSA Bank). The organization is looking to launch in Ghana in the nearest future. It is however worthy of note that the funds in Nigeria are not only available to Sterling Bank account holders. Non account-holders can also receive the loans. This was initially impossible in the first year the product launched.

 

Social Lender: Loans Are Given Based On Social Reputation

Social Lender helps banks lend money to people based on their social reputation. This includes social media footprint, mobile reputation etc. The social reputation score is not only based on an individual’s social profile. It also assesses the profile of a user’s social guarantor.  The premise for the startup is the fact that every individual has a digital footprint. This is available either on social media or via your telephone contacts. This implies that reputation score is available for individuals who do not have a social media account.

The startup provides the technology that enables banks assess an individual’s social reputation. The individual can then use the reputation to borrow money from banks. Individuals can get a maximum of 100,000 Naira ($277) using their social reputation score. Once a social audit has been conducted, the loan will be paid into the users bank account within ten minutes. The organization is looking to increase the funds to up to 1 million in a few years’ time. One important fact Mr. Adesemowo mentioned (in this interview) was that the platform has a bad debt ratio of 4%. This is in comparison to the average of 10% – 20% in Nigeria. Essentially more than 95% of borrowers are paying up their loans. This proves that the algorithm works.

 

Social Lender: Here’s Why The Solution Is Very Important

The startup’s solution caters to more than 50% of adult Nigerians who lack access to credit. It provides a means to prove their credit worthiness which is one of the barriers to accessing funds.  People use the loans from Social Lender for emergency needs, small scale business capital etc. This has a ripple effect as it goes on to increase economic prosperity.

The startup is also set to launch its USSD platform with its eyes set on low-income earners. It recently signed a partnership with CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor). The partnership will involve exploring how social data can predict the loan repayment behavior of low-income earners. The pilot program will also provide loans to low-income earners. Feature phone users will also be able to apply for these loans via Social Lender’s USSD platform. You can learn more about the partnership here. Click here to begin the process of getting a loan.

 

Do listen to the full interview with Bade Adesemowo here. Kindly let us know your thoughts in the comments.

WeSabi.com: Three Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Sanni Murtala

Phony artisans, dishonest service providers, we all have in one way or another encountered them. Sanni Murtala faced a similar problem when he moved to his new apartment. WeSabi.com was his answer to this problem. WeSabi.com is an on-demand service platform that helps individuals and businesses find

Faith History interviewed Sanni Murtala, one of the Co-founders, earlier in the year. You can check out the interview here and here. We have picked out the three major takeaways from the interview.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.com Is Making It Far Easier To Find Reliable Artisans

Sanni Murtala moved into a new apartment in Abuja sometime ago. He had a linking sink and needed to get his AC installed. He reached out to a number of his friends for reliable contacts. None of the artisans showed up despite several phone calls. He later had to make use of contacts he found on a number of buildings. Sanni eventually got his sink and AC fixed after three weeks. The artisans he used did a mediocre job. The process was also quite  difficult and painful.

Sanni started WeSabi to make it easier for Nigerians like him who have a hard time finding reliable artisans. This is the holy grail of a great service or product. Does it make life ‘way’ easier for your target customers? If the answer is yes, then you have something on your hands.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.Com Is Helping Reliable Artisans Get Found Quite Easily

The startup doesn’t only solve a problem for end users it also solves a problem vendors have. In this case the vendors are artisans. There were great artisans as Sanni would later find out. The problem was there were way more unreliable artisans. The few excellent artisans found it tough to connect with their target clients. The artisans on the platform include Plumbers, AC Technicians, Electricians, Laundry Machine Repairers etc.

The more problems your business solves the better. More people would depend on your service for everyday living.

 

Sanni Murtala: WeSabi.Com Is Big On Trust And Quality Assurance

One of the barriers many online businesses face is the issue of trust. The major E-commerce startups in Nigeria had to overcome this barrier with offers like pay on delivery. WeSabi.com provides a professional indemnity insurance to its client in the case of theft and damages. This helps prospective client feel comfortable with using the platform. The startup also runs several checks and due diligence on the artisans on its platform.

One way it ensures it provides skilled and reliable artisan is by partnering with vocational centers to get access to them. WeSabi.Com also trains it artisans in skills such as customer service to ensure its end users get great service.

If prospective clients don’t trust they won’t do business with you. Startups that pay attention to what customers think about them and adjust accordingly will keep winning. Great service is one of the major attributes of successful businesses.

 

Do check out the full interview with Sanni Murtala here and here. You can also listen to other episodes of the show on Soundcloud or iTunes. Got any thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Wants To Make It Far Easier To Move People & Materials Within African Cities

One of the challenges that businesses face in most Nigerian cities is the difficulty of moving man and materials around. The challenge is a multifaceted one that includes poor road network, illegal roadblocks, dishonest personnel, limited technology etc. There are a number of startups seeking to help solve this problem. One of them is MAX.ng. MAX is an abbreviation for Metro Africa Xpress.

Chinedu Azodoh is one of the Co-founders at MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress). He is also the Chief Technology Officer. The other Co-founder is Adedayo Bamiduro. Chinedu spoke with Faith History in this interview about what his organization is doing to help retail businesses in Nigeria attain their full potential.

 

Here’s Some More Details About MAX.ng’s Chief Technology Officer

Chinedu Azodoh started off his career in Technology before he later got into Logistics. He attended Loyola College and then moved on to Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). Chinedu got a part scholarship to attend University in the United States of America two years into his programme at FUTO.

He studied for a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.  He later worked for a number of years at Barclays as a software engineer upon graduation in 2012. Chinedu then went on to attend business school at Massachusets Institute of Technology (MIT) with a concentration in Finance.

He decided he was going to set-up MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) after he graduated from MIT.  Today, the startup he helped set-up has grown from nine (9) riders in January 2016 to about one hundred and twenty (120) riders.

 

What Exactly Does MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Do?

The startup is a mobility company that handles both deliveries and transportation. It connects a network of professional motorcycle riders with businesses and individuals that need them. The startup focuses on intra-state deliveries and transportation. MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) guarantees delivery in less than three hours within Lagos and any other city it operates in.

Users can download the MAX (Metro Africa Xpress) app in the Google Play or Apple App Store. The platform provides real-time tracking so that customers know where their riders are at any given time. The startup currently operates in only Lagos. It is planning to expand to other cities across Africa in the coming year.

 

How MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) Ensures Its Riders Are Of High Quality

For the transport service, MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) ensures riders undergo a psychometric test. Riders take a written test before joining the network. The platform creates a profile for riders and grades them accordingly. The motorcycles used by riders are such that meet the regulatory requirements. These bikes are typically more expensive than the regular motorcycles. MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) works with financial institutions and individuals to provide credit to would-be-riders. This is to enable them get the required motorcycles. Riders can then pay back the cost of the bike over a stipulated time-frame.

 

Here’s How It Ensures Its Trips Are Safe

Customers can use the MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) app to place a delivery or transport request. The cost of using a MAX.ng (Metro Africa Xpress) motorcycle to move within the city is significantly lower than the regular options. Riders are also not allowed to break speed limits. Customers also get a helmet and hairnet from the rider before their trips. Riders provide a raincoat to customer if it’s raining. The trips are insured and there is money kept aside should an accident occur. The riders follow the necessary regulations which increase the safety of their trips. They are not allowed to pick up more than one customer. This is the cause of 60% of motorcycle accidents on Lagos roads according to Chinedu Azodoh.

Do let us know if you try out MAX.ng. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

SME Social Media Tips: How to Create an Instagram Business Account

Instagram is an internet based app that allows you share photos either privately or publicly. It is available both in a mobile and desktop format. The app has become very attractive due to the number of monthly users which has grown to 700 million between 2010 when it was created and now. Creating an Instagram business account is one sure way of attracting prospective customers.

Why Instragram is Good for Business

There are many reasons why Instagram is good for business but here are the top four:

  1. Pictures can speak louder than words. Pictures can elicit emotions and get viewers to connect with your brand in a dynamic way.
  2. The app provides an opportunity to go viral through the re-posting function. As viewers share your pictures, they stand a chance of going viral thereby putting your brand in front of millions of potential customers.
  3. Internet users spend more time on Instagram than any other social media network besides Facebook according to this research by comScore.
  4. According to Shopify, visits that end with a purchase on Instagram will generate higher revenue than those of other social media platforms.

How to Switch Your Instagram Account to a Business Account

  1. If you want to convert your Instagram account to a business account, ensure you have the latest update. You also have to ensure your account is Public as private accounts cannot be switched to Business accounts.
  2. Open your app and go to your profile.
  3. Tap on the Settings icon at the top of your profile.
  4. Click on Switch to Business and select the Facebook page you want to associate your Instagram Business Account with.
  5. You will then be prompted to edit, keep or delete the contact information pulled from your Facebook page.
  6. Click on the ‘Done’ button and your account is all set up.

For more details about your Instagram Business Account, see here. If this article was helpful, then you would like Faith History’s interview with Julchit Dadi. Julchit is an Instagram expert, she spoke with Faith about best practices on the platform. You can go directly to the audio here

 

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AccountingHub.ng Is Demystifying Book-keeping For Startups And Small Businesses

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze founded AccountingHub.ng after she spent eleven years working as an Accountant in different organizations. She received several invitations from friends to help set-up accounting systems for businesses from ground up. Chioma finally decided to set-up shop to help startups get their numbers right. Her startup now provides professional and affordable accounting services to startups and small businesses.

She spoke with Faith History in this interview about her journey as an entrepreneur and her startup. The Founder considers herself an accountant and a techie. This dual personality (if you will) is what has culminated into AccountingHub.ng.

 

AccountingHub.ng: The Founder’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze recalls that she has always loved numbers from a young age. She fell in love with maths right from her primary school years. Her Dad was an Engineer who spent time teaching mathematics. Chioma later went on to get a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Accounting.

After her education, she landed a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers one of the big four accounting firms. After some time, she moved around several industries including banking, investment, aviation, logistics, just to mention a few. She spent eleven years in the accounting functions of about nine different organizations. Chioma got her ‘aha moment’ during those years when she found out that accounting systems and processes were non-existent in many businesses. Passion meets opportunity? Yes please!

 

AccountingHub.ng: Passion Meets Opportunity On A Scale

The startup was founded out of her goal to scale her work of establishing accounting systems and functions in several organizations. Setting up AccountingHub.ng consequently enabled Chioma leap from helping eight businesses to working with hundreds of businesses. It essentially gave her more time to solve the accounting problems of several organizations.

The startup focuses on helping several businesses with book-keeping and accounting systems. It helps them get credible numbers without having to chase down an accountant. The startup also ensures proper accounting processes are in place in every business it engages. Many times wrong numbers or losses are a result of failed processes. Where they don’t exist, there is consequently bound to be confusion or like we say in Nigerian lingo, “mago-mago” or better still “wuru-wuru”.

 

Now Business Owners Can Take Their Accountant Everywhere They Go

No, we don’t mean an actual person. AccountingHub.ng provides cloud accounting services which implies that you can keep tabs on your numbers wherever you are. Startup founders and business owners can track inventory, sales etc. on the go without a need to call an accountant every second. The startup is a Certified Sage One Adviser. Sage One is an cloud accounting system which satisfies the book-keeping needs small businesses may have. AccountingHub.ng also works with other accounting systems, find a full list here.

Chioma and her team also automate accounting processes for startups so they always get their numbers right. Additionally, the startup provides training to in-house accountants. Furthermore, startups can get a free consultation from AccountingHub.ng. Organizations can also purchase services from its online shop. The startup also helps with financial projections, analysis and assumptions. Finally, AccountingHub.ng also assists businesses with filing their taxes.

You can listen to the full interview with Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze here or download it here. Do let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Aella Credit: Three Takeaways From Faith History’s Interview With Akin Jones

Akin Jones quit his job as Head of Investment Banking Group at a financial services company to start Aella Credit. Aella Credit is an online platform that enables people to access loans instantly. Akin holds a degree from Howard University in Washington DC, USA. He also attended the famous Kings College, Lagos.

Faith History interviewed Akin Jones more than a year ago. Here are the major takeaway from the interview:

 

Akin Jones: Aella Credit Rewards Its Customers To Borrow More

Five years of market data drive the lending platform. Better borrowers were identified using the data. Borrowers get rewarded for the loans they request for. The organization rewards borrowers in order to get them to request more loans. The startup not only provides the platform they also provide the loans. This is as opposed to partnering with lending companies. The goal according to Mr. Jones, as at a year ago, is to get lending companies on the platform in the nearest future. This will make Aella Credit a marketplace of lenders and not just a lender.

The platform is integrated with the major credit bureaus in Nigeria. This allows Aella Credit analyze the debt to income profile of prospective borrowers, social demographic information etc. It is tough to get a loan from the startup according to Mr. Jones. Prospective borrowers must scale eighty percent of its verification process.

 

Akin Jones: Aella Credit Didn’t Do Any Marketing When They Launched

Many of Aella Credit’s customers were based in Lagos as at the time of its pilot. During this time it partnered with about twelve companies in Nigeria. The partner companies gave them access to about five hundred thousand borrowers.  The additional borrowers they acquired were people who applied on their website. They didn’t have to do any marketing as there was high demand for their product. Essentially, everybody needs money! The startup gave out a thousand loans within six months of launching the platform. The value of the loans given out at the time was $800,000.

 

Akin Jones: Loans Are A Fundamental Human Right

Their analytics revealed that the greatest need for loans were housing, healthcare and education. Mr. Jones believes that loans are a fundamental human right. Consequently, there should be the creation of platforms that make it easier to access them. The startup is working with tech developers to ensure their processes are more seamless. At the time of the interview, they were planning to launch their mobile app. Looks like they have achieved that goal already. The startup has even gone on to attract more funding.

According to Mr. Jones, if you want to start an online solution, you either need to get a technical co-founder or a consultant. As regarding people who inspire him, he mentioned the team at Venture Garden Group, Tayo Oviosu and Abiola Olaniran of Gamsole. In Mr. Jones’ view Abiola proves that local talent can achieve great things if given the same opportunity as foreign talent.

Need an instant loan? You might want to check out Aella Credit. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Do share this article with your friends and colleagues because there is love in sharing.

Africa as a Platform: Meet The Innovators Telling The New ‘Africa for Africans’ Narrative

Innovators and entrepreneurs will gather on November 17, 2017 for the first edition of the Africa as a Platform event. Investors and other industry players will also join them. Eunice Adeyemi of Q21 Solutions Limited is the Convener of this event. She discussed the event with Faith History in this interview. ADE Digital Media Limited is the joint partner for this event. The event will provide attendees an opportunity to meet with innovators on the continent solving African problems with African solutions.

Let’s find out some more about this event, shall we?

 

First, A Bit More About The Convener of Africa as a Platform

Eunice Adeyemi, the Convener of the event runs Q21 Solution Limited. The organization is an event management company. It only deals in corporate events. Ms. Adeyemi has a Computer Science background although she is now an events planner. She started off her career as a Computer programmer. Ms. Adeyemi then moved on to a pre-sales role where she interacted more with customers. She later progressed to become an event planner as a result of her love to make customers happy.

Ms. Adeyemi now creates amazing events for corporate clients across Africa. Her event company is a joint partner with ADE Digital Media Ltd for Africa as a Platform.

 

What Exactly is Africa as a Platform?

Africa as a Platform was born as a result of the gap that Ms. Adeyemi and her team found in the corporate events space. They realized that entrepreneurs were looking for funding and information. It was difficult for them to connect with the people who had the funds and information they required. Some of the people who had these funds and information were already clients of Q21 Solutions Limited.

The event provides a platform for African innovators that are solving African problems to connect with funding and valuable information. Information such as latest updates from an innovation standpoint etc. Africa as a Platform will also connect innovators and entrepreneurs with mentoring. Startup owners will be able to connect with OEMs (Other Equipment Manufacturers) at the event. SAP, SAGE, CISCO, HP, Oracle, General Electric are some of the organizations attending the event.

 

Here is What Innovators and Entrepreneurs Should Expect at the Event

Africa as a Platform will specially highlight the most sought-out tech solutions, trends and innovations in Agriculture, Health Tech and Fintech. Consequently, ventures that have made the most impact on the continent will be specially recognized at the event.

There will be four unique streams at the event as follows:

  1. The Afro Innovation Stream which will discuss the topic Big Challenges, Smart Solutions.
  2. Start, Scale, Pay, from Early Stage to Big Player.
  3. Innovation, the Sustainable Development Goals. The Power of Intelligent Disruption.
  4. Rewriting innovation in Africa. African problems, African solutions.

Some of the speakers for the streams include, Bosun Tijani, Temie Giwa and a host of others.

The event is free and will hold at the Landmark Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. It begins by 9 am on November 17, 2017. There is an AfricaasaPlatform.com app in the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Furthermore, attendees can download presentations, brochure from the app before the event. Click here to register for the event.

Do not forget to listen to the full interview with Faith History here. Finally, check here for other events you shouldn’t miss this November.