African Incubator Network (AIN) in collaboration with infoDev, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) will be holding a Business Incubation Training Workshop and Conference for West African Business Managers from 4 to 6 June in Lagos, Nigeria.
The training workshop holds from 4-5 June, 2012, while the conference with the theme: Business and Development through Innovations: Unlocking African Potentials will hold on 6 June, 2012. Event venue is Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The main objective of the Conference is to bring together experts, leading thinkers, innovators, venture capitalists, business managers and entrepreneurs to articulate a vision for developing entrepreneurship through innovations.
Business Incubation Training
World Bank’s infoDev’s in-depth business incubation training program for business incubation managers and other business incubation stakeholders, draws from the lessons, good practice, and different business models from around 400 business incubators coming from more than 100 countries worldwide. The training program consists of 12 modules ranging from basic introductory topics to specialized ones, such as Technology Commercialization and Virtual Business Incubation Services.
Training will be led by a group of international incubation professionals and trainers from all continents who will engage participants in active participation and exchange throughout the learning modules. Practical intensive exercises on business incubation based on first hand incubation practice will be delivered working in small groups of participants to optimize the learning impact. Number of participants is limited for the 2 day training program. . Participants receive an infoDev training certificate; Number of participants is limited to secure intensive training – early registration is recommended!
The conference with the theme, “Business and Development through Innovation: Unlocking African Potentials” is expected to feature the African Incubator Network’s Chairperson – Julie Momah, Valerie D’Çosta, Program Manager Infodev-World Bank Group, Prof. Laraba Gambo Abdullahi – DG/CEO National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) . The keynote address is on “Entrepreneurship and Development – a catalyst for advancement in 21st Century Economy”, expected speakers are Professor Pat Utomi, Director LBS and Dr Umar Bindir, DG, NOTAP.
The conference comprising three plenary sessions will feature case studies, meetings and networking opportunities. One of the plenary session will address “Telecommunications and Entrepreneurship – Creativity, Opportunities, & Innovations”. Expected speakers/panel are Engr Eugene Juwah, EVC NCC, Lead speaker, Mr. Adewale Sangowawa (Globacom Ltd.), Mr. Jim Ovia (Chairman Visafone), Ms Funke Opeke (CEO, MainOne Cable Co); Mr. Akinwale Goodluck (MTN Nigeria), Airtel, Etisalat with moderator as Engr. Lanre Ajayi President ATCON.
Another plenary session will address “Entrepreneurship and Access To Capital: Options and Challenges”. Expected speakers are Ms Evelyn Oputu (CEO, BOI) – Lead speaker, Ms Bunmi Lawson (Accion Microfinance) and Valerie D’çosta, InfoDev, The World Bank.
The topic of the final plenary session is: “ICT4D National Strategic Plan – Platform for Innovations and Innovators”. Prof Cleopas Angaye, DG, NITDA is expected to be the lead speaker. Other speakers and panelists on this topic are Dr Armstrong Takang, Jide Awe,John Dada, Bankole Olubamise with moderator as Valerie D’çosta.
infoDev is a research, capacity building and advisory services program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat hosted by the Financial and Private Sector Development Department of the World Bank Group. infoDev helps developing countries and their international partners enable the start up and growth of innovative small and medium sized enterprises for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.
ATCON is the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria, the umbrella organization for all telecommunication companies currently operating in Nigeria.
AIN is a gathering of people and organizations with a passion for supporting small enterprise development in Africa.
The purpose of the African Incubator Network is to:
– develop a collaborative network of African incubators and other business development service providers
– facilitate the provision of appropriate knowledge to support the development of innovative small enterprises
– create a learning environment to support the building of the African continent through our own endeavours.
The National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) is the federal government agency charged with the responsibilities of among other things, supporting small business development, helping new companies begin operations for technology advancement in the country.
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