GE, the world’s premier digital industrial company, through its GE Lagos Garage in partnership with Youth for Technology Foundation’s 3D Africa programme at the weekend hosted a pitch and networking session in Lagos for local youth-led tech start-ups and entrepreneurs.
This is part of efforts to assist Nigerian technology start-ups to grow and reach their maximum potentials. Tagged: ‘Building a Viable Hardware Ecosystem in Nigeria, the pitch session held at the GE Lagos Garage in Lagos.
It featured youth-led technology start-ups and scale-ups from Nigeria, and offered them the opportunity of presenting their pitches before the Belgian minister of Digital Agenda, Philippe De Backer, and his Silicon Lagoon Mission, as well as local and international entrepreneurs, investors and representatives from private-sector companies.
The event also featured presentations from the prestigious Solvay Business School of Belgium, about entrepreneurial projects related to student trade missions and internships.
De Backer, who was also accompanied by a delegation of Belgian start-ups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and the press, said he was in Nigeria with the mission to connect with the country’s vibrant technology start-up community in Lagos, explore partnership potentials and raise awareness about digital for development opportunities in Africa’s most prominent tech hub.
Apart from the pitch presentations, participants also had the opportunity to network with players in youth-led start-ups and scale-ups in the technology space, entrepreneurs, investors, private sector companies and academics amongst others.
Speaking, director, Communications & Public Affairs, GE Africa, Patricia Obozuwa, said GE was happy to have partnered with Youth for Technology for the session.
“At the GE, we are passionate about empowering Nigerian entrepreneurs with relevant skills to compete on a global scale, and this is what we have been doing through our GE Lagos Garage, and we happy for this opportunity to work with Youth for Technology’s 3D Africa.
Their vision aligns with ours, and we are happy to say that as critical stakeholders, we have made our contributions to Lagos’ and Nigeria ’s vibrant technology start-up communities,” she said.
Also speaking, CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation/3D Africa, Njideka Harry, said the session was in continuation of the organisation’s objective of equipping the next generation with necessary skills to excel in the world of work.
“It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to enter the workforce with the skills they need to access employment or create their entrepreneurial opportunities in the fourth industrial revolution.
Our programs utilise technology to inspire youth and women in developing nations to create innovative solutions to the challenges they encounter, and we are pleased to have been able to collaborate with GE Garage for this initiative,” she said.
She added that the YTF’s 3D Africa would not relent in its quest to change Africa’s narrative from dependence on foreign technology to being self-sustaining through “meeting the increased global demand for emerging and disruptive technologies, like 3D printing.”
Director of international relations, Startup.be, Frederik Tibau, and founder and CEO, Close the Gap, Vanden Eynde, were also among the Belgian delegation at the pitching and networking session.