|BUSINESS START-UP FACILITATION INITIATIVE (BSFI)
Request for Expression of Interest:
An initiative to facilitate the fast tracking of IT-flavoured businesses conceived and contemplated by any member of the Nigeria Computer Society was approved during the 2016 National Conference. It is in order to give effect to this undertaking that expressions of interest are therefore hereby being solicited. Participation is open to three (3) categories of members, as follows:
Background & Objectives:
Before going further, it is very apt that the background to the initiative be furnished for the information of prospective participants who may not have been at Abuja Conference.
A very notable outcome out of the Plenary Session of Wednesday, 20-July-2016 with Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh as the Lead Speaker was the decision that the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) undertake the implementation of an initiative that will provide a standing platform for the facilitation of Business Start-ups among its members. The idea of a Business Start-up Facilitation Initiative (BSFI) was therefore mooted and subsequently approved. The BSFI was articulated to:
Products and Services Focal Area:
All intended businesses will be expected to focus on the development of IT-flavoured products and services. As a guide to potential applicants, hereunder are possible areas of IT business that may be of interest. What is listed could be suitably modified, or new business areas can be added
· Electronic Learning Materials Design and Production
· Electronic Publishing and Animations
· Game Development
· Business Applications Development
· Security and Access Control
· E-Books and Podcasting Development
· Electronic Commerce and Payment Systems
· Internet of Things Applications
· Broadband and Data Communications
· Electronic Document Management System
· Other business topics could be added as applicable
Categories of Participation Being Requested:
As specified in the opening paragraph herein this document, three categories of participants are being solicited to express interest.
1. Prospective Investors/Shareholders
The success of the initiative will hinge on having Investors/Shareholders be on standby to support as many viable innovative ideas as may be shortlisted. In the meantime, NCS members are hereby being solicited to express investment interest. Sooner or later, help would be sought for members to nominate and sponsor their friends and associates outside NCS to participate in the midwife of IT-flavoured businesses.
In order to express interest, just send email to the effect to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Membership of Steering Committee
It was proposed and agreed to that a seven (7) member Steering Sub-Committee (SSC) be constituted to manage and give direction to the initiative. Membership of this committee is open to members of the Society with demonstrable cognate experience in entrepreneurship and project management consultancy. Those with legal and accounting training and experience will also be of tremendous help to the operations of the committee.
Those wishing to volunteer and help the NCS do the best possible in this regard should be very mindful of the 4 stipulated expertise qualifications. In addition, it will be required that members agree to and endorse non-disclosure memorandum, such as would assure prospective innovator applicants that communications received would be handled with utmost confidentiality.
In order to express interest, please complete BSFI-Form 01. Scan and forward as soon as possible to: email@example.com. Please note that this submission instruction is of interim nature. Before long, all applications will be online through the NCS website.
3. Individuals or groups therefore with innovative ideas
The primary target of the NCS – BSFI are members having innovative ideas that are well suited for fast tracking and transformation into viable business ventures. Support will be in any of the following forms:
· Project definition and articulation
· Business Plan Production
· Technical Training
· Legal and start up assistance
· Equity and Shareholding Framework and Management
· Idea, products or service marketing and popularisation
· Venture Funds Mobilisation
Prospective applicants are to note the special stipulation that all Steering Committee members will be required to be bound by a confidentiality/non-disclosure memorandum. This is to serve as comfort and ensure that all communications to be received will be appropriately handled without detriment to the interest of applicants.
In order to express interest, please complete BSFI-Form 02. Scan and forward as soon as possible to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this submission instruction is of interim nature. Before long, all applications will be online through the NCS website.
All enquiries should be directo to: email@example.com