Abuja, on the 18th of September 2018 saw the gathering of various tech leaders, hub owners, and successful businesses operating from Northern Nigeria, as they converged at the StartUp Arewa Tech summit at the Fraser Suites, Abuja.
The Summit commenced at 8:00 am with a Hub owner’s roundtable meeting chaired by the co-founder of www.mylearningacademy.com which saw various Northern hubs including North East Humanitarian Hub, Blue Sapphire Hub, Mal Hub, Startup Arewa Hub and a number of others in attendance.
The startup Arewa tech summit was themed “Building a competitive tech and media ecosystem in Northern Nigeria” which had the objective of steering up a movement to synergize the various stakeholders of the tech ecosystem operating in Northern Nigeria to foster industry development and create a more effective and larger impact on the economy.
In a statement made by a member of the organizing team Mr. Mohammed Jega, one of the objectives of the summit was to establish a cohesion amongst the various stakeholders in the Tech and Media ecosystem of Northern Nigeria so as to foster technological and economic growth in the region and that of the country at large.
The summit had two panel sessions:
- Why are we divided instead of co-opeting (Collaborating and Competing)? An advice for entrepreneurs.
- How do we build a sustainable ecosystem and what is the role of the media in promoting entrepreneurship in the north?
Issues and challenges facing Northern startups and entrepreneurs were tailored out in the panel discussions.
The first panel which was moderated by Muddathir Abba, CEO Cinematics Style Production where he highlighted the need for Co-opeting (Cooperating and Competing) amongst technopreneurs in the north. The panel session had Oyaije Idoko (CEO Layer 3), Nusaibah Kofar-Naisa (COO Outsource Global), Musa Ali Abba (CEO Teasy International), Mahmud Sulaiman (Regional Manager North, PAL Pensions) and Ahmad Mukoshy (CEO Gigalayer) as the panellists. Each panellist shared their success stories and reiterated collaboration to be the most effective way of upscaling a business or an emerging industry.
Mr. Ahmad Mukoshy (CEO Gialayer) particularly emphasized on the need for industry mentors and the need for industry leaders to make themselves accessible to support startups and emerging businesses. He commended Tayo Oviosu (CEO paga) and Sim Shagaya (Former CEO Konga) for their advice and support during the early years of Gigalayer and urged the North to embrace mentorship and collaborations and to stop working in silos.
The second-panel session had as its focal point on the role of the media in promoting entrepreneurs(hip) in the north and the way forward in building a sustainable tech ecosystem. The second panel session was moderated by Mohammed Ibrahim Jega (Founder Startup Arewa) with Abdullahi Adamu (GM ICT NERC), Prof. Murtala Sabo Sagagi (Dangote Business School), Danjuma Atta Ahmed (Manager Oracle), Hassan Abdul (CEO Media Range) and Stella Uzochukwu (Odyssey Educational Foundation) as the panelists.
Mrs. Stella Uzochukwu emphasized that to build a sustainable ecosystem, female inclusion in technology and entrepreneurship should be of utmost importance to all, also sharing her success story on how Odyssey Foundation trains girls in the North in the aspect of programming and App development.
Two (2) startups also had the opportunity to pitch and demo their startup, highlighting the problem they are trying to solve and their solution to it.
The startups who pitched were:
Mechanics.Ng (www.mechanics.ng): Mechanics co-founder “Adelola Adebo” pitched the Mechanics.NG solution which is an on-demand mechanic service that matches car owners to verified service men close to them, the platform also supports payment to the servicemen via the platform as well as a rating system for quality assurance. It also has a spare part shop integrated into it. It is available via web and mobile.
Mahsul (www.mahsultrade.com): Mahsul is an AgriTech company, it’s a market where buyers meet sellers and transact business with ease. Whatever the agricultural product, Mahsul is here to assist you to find the market. It allows for direct transaction with farmers at farm rate, eliminating the need for middlemen.
The Startup Arewa summit was put together by:
- mAcademy (www.mylearningacademy.com)
- Wentech (www.wentech.org)
- YourBusinessHive (www.yourbusinesshive.com)
- NishadiTV (www.nishadi.tv)
- Cinematic Style Productions (www.cinematicstyleproductions.com)
- Teasy Mobile (www.teasymobile.com)
- Techeconomy.ng (www.techeconomy.ng)
- Layer3 (www.layer3.ng)
- VoguePay (www.voguepay.ng)
Chief Operating Officer, Outsource Global; Mrs. Nusaibah.