L-R: Faderera Segun, Program and Partnership Manager, Arnergy Solar; Chris Uwaje, CEO, Mobile Software Solutions and Board Member, Telecommunication and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG); Isaac Emmanuel, Sustainability Consultant, TTSWG Secretariat; John Isiekwene, Sustainability Manager, IHS Towers; and Precious Francis, Communications and Knowledge Officer, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center at the Innovation Makers Challenge 2023 press conference held recently at Ikoyi, Lagos
The Telecommunication and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG) has commenced the Innovation Makers Challenge (IMC) boot camp to equip young innovators and startup founders with sustainable tech-driven business ideas and products to scale their ventures.
Following the call for entries for participation in the IMC Go-To-Talent challenge concluded on October 16th, 2023, a rigorous selection process identified 20 applicants who will advance to the IMC boot camp. The boot camp will run from Wednesday, November 1st to Friday, November 3rd 2023.The selected applicants include Fatima Zahra Yusuf, Taiwo Akinsanya, Eyitayo Onigbinde, Oluwapelumi Yusuf, Elijah Moses, Dirug Samuel, Victoria Ubani, Joseph Ojighoro, Benaye Egbe, Wasiu Adeleke, Nnaemeka Afogu, Emmanuel Eneh, Stephanie Omolu, Munura Maihankali, Bashir Abubakar, Kennedy Afia, Chioma Nnanna, Valentine Nnamani, John Akalagboro, and Fortune Declan.
The Boot Camp will offer young innovators valuable training and mentorship under the guidance of distinguished industry leaders. This program aims to equip them with practical insights necessary for successfully managing ventures and prepare them for the IMC Conference Grand Finale pre-pitch scheduled for Friday, 3rd November 2023. During this pre-pitch event, a panel of judges will select the top five finalists who will compete in the Grand Finale of the Innovation Makers Challenge, set to take place on Thursday, 9th November 2023.
The selection process for the winners will be thorough and will involve a distinguished panel of six judges: Kate Hancock, Founder of Metaverse, XYZ, and advocate for Web 3.0; Oluwole Asalu, CEO of Quomodo Systems Africa; Yomi Awobokun, Founder of CE-IV and Member of the World Economic Forum; Temitope Yusuff, Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management at IHS Nigeria; Jide Odunsi, Co-founder of Moove & JCDecaux Grace Lake; Valentine Obidi, Venture Capitalist; and Myke Oseh, Venture Capitalist. The top three overall winners will be awarded a cash prize of N2,000,000, N1,000,000 and N500,000 respectively.
Bekeme Olowola Lead Consultant, TTSWG Secretariat remarked “Nigeria is rich in talent that needs more support, encouragement, and development to flourish and become major contributors to the nation’s economic growth. However, the country has often celebrated ideas that have no significant impact on national development. The IMC is designed to celebrate and empower young creatives in the technology space who can make a positive difference. We invite everyone in this age group from all over the country to apply at www.ttswg-imc.com and follow @ttswg on all social media channels for more information.”
The IMC conference scheduled for Thursday, 9th November 2023, at Eko Hotel Victory Island, Lagos, will showcase a diverse lineup of prominent international speakers. Among them are Kate Hancock, the Founder of Metaverse XYZ; Oluwole Asalu, Chief Executive and Founder of Quomodo Systems Africa; Lanre Bamisebi, the Executive Director of Access Corporation; Chuks Ekwueme, the Chairman of UNICCON Group, and many others. Interested participants can register for free at www.ttswg-imc.com/registration.
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