StartUP Friday will build new startup community, says NITDA

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), will inaugurate “StartUP Friday” on February 19 in Abuja.

StartUP Friday, as a regular meeting would promote and encourage new tech-driven start-ups that are driving their businesses with ICT to come together for the common goal of taking their business to the next level.

The National Coordinator of OIIE, Bunmi Okunowo, said, “StartUP Friday will provide an opportunity for startups, irrespective of their development stages to network, share and learn from one another, as well as connect with investors and mentors.

“StartUP Friday is part of our big plan to enrich the development process of the startups, as well as identify and select high-growth startups for seed funding.”

He explained that StartUP Friday would offer opportunity to relax, network, share ideas, and listen to insightful advice from different speakers, while providing essential support to ensure that the startups thrive to generate jobs and create wealth for themselves.

According to him, StartUP Friday would assist the startups to grow an exchange community of tech-driven startups, investors, mentors and other key players that could nurture the upcoming entrepreneurs to become successful businesses.

OIIE is a special purpose vehicle established under NITDA to nurture, cultivate and expand the ICT innovation and entrepreneurship within Nigeria in line with National ICT Policy and NITDA Act 2007.

The establishment of OIIE as a specialized and focus organization would address the challenges inhibiting the growth of entrepreneurs as well as create enabling environment to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the country.

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