Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wennovation Day as MIT-AITI Trains Nigeria's Next Tech Entrepreneurs

Next Generation Afropreneurs?
It was a day full of Wennovation and potential "wennovators", on July 13 at the site of MIT-AITI ongoing training of top notch mobile application programmers on the campus of the University of Ibadan. The program which began in earnest in June, devoted a full day to a compendium of speakers from the LoftyInc operated Wennovation Hub.

LoftyInc's Michael Oluwagbemi & Wole Odetayo 
First, during the morning session LoftyInc Partners- Wole Odetayo and Michael Oluwagbemi, and Hub Operating Director, Ayo Akinrotimi introduced the concept of Wennovation. Through the interactive session, attendants were familiarized with the opportunity of a lifetime which will see at least two teams qualifying into the incubation program at the hub to be known as Wennovation Camp starting in September, 2011. The introductory session which was lively and well received, was followed up with an introduction to the concept of Business Process and Legal Aid by Barrister Kamar Raji a seasoned legal practitioner
Top Notch Consultant, Niyi Sanuth Discusses
 Bureaucratic Survival Strategies

The afternoon session focused first on bureaucracy and strategy of navigating the complex web of government regulations, rules and procurement. Led by the insights provided by business process consultant, Mr. Niyi Sanuth- the session was riveted with relevant questions on how to operate within a large public sector led economy focusing especially on strategies that will be useful to start-ups to survive in this arcane world of rules.

The day's session ended with riveting expose by Michael Oluwagbemi on Apps Monetization and Financing Alternatives for Small Growing Businesses in Nigeria. An afternoon of engaging discussions, questions and hopefully recruitment of the next generation of Wennovators began thereafter.

The exciting part of the day were discussions surrounding some exciting projects that are being developed by MIT-AITI participants, two of which will eventually be admitted into the WennoCamp program. Projects ranging from emergency locator phone app to geo-locators as well as mobile job finders, messaging and social congregation platforms were among interesting projects these young minds are working on at the MIT-AITI lab. Read more about these exciting projects
Barrister Raji Discuss Legal Options for Start-Ups in Nigeria
The MIT-AITI program will come to a close in early August, when winners scheduled to join the WennoCamp program will be chosen at an August 2nd meet at Ibadan.

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