More than 50 hi-tech and innovative startup teams will benefit from the upcoming technovation conference in Enugu, an official of the state government of Enugu says.
Elvis Obi-Nwankwo, special assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for ICT and innovation, made the announcement in Enugu on Tuesday.
Obi-Nwankwo said the conference would also provide a platform for further training of the individual members of each team in their areas of hi-tech and innovative specialization.
He said the conference’s breakout sessions across six broad focus areas — business, technology, lifestyle, capacity development, early stage investment and policy — would further broaden the teams’ horizons and business prospects.
According to him, it will also be a platform for the hi-tech and innovation teams to meet the government and other ‘captains of industry’ and look for more levels of synergy and collaboration.
“Hi-tech and innovative gurus and executives from search and social media giants such as Google and Facebook, executives from the global payment company Visa Card, Okta and Cummins, among others, will attend the breakout training sessions.
“It will provide a golden opportunity for our local hi-tech and innovative startups and these gurus/executives to meet one-on-one for further learning, connections and partnerships.
“The conference will also showcase the latest hi-tech and innovative technological devices and how they can best be used to solve multi-tasks within minutes to achieve enviable and sure-fire results,” he said.
The governor’s assistant said that with the conference, teams would be able to collaborate and break new hi-tech and innovative grounds with other teams in the state.
Obi-Nwankwo said this move would accelerate prosperity and expansion in the hi-tech/innovative environment within the state.
“Year in, year out, the hi-tech and innovative talents in Enugu state, especially those who have just graduated from many higher institutions within, to other cities and some off the coasts of the country are poached.
“However, the state government had recently built and inaugurated a well-equipped hi-tech and innovative hub in the state to provide new startups with a place to start.
“So we also want these gifted youngsters to stay and boost all of the state’s startup industries and also contribute to our smart city projects,” he said.
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The conference, to take place between October 28 and October 29, would attract founders, investors, government officials and top tech brands in the regions, Nigeria and beyond.
Experts from San Francisco, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Nigeria, among others, would also be present at the global ‘technovation’ conference.
The event is supported by the likes of Jet Motor Company, Printory.ng, Cobbs Automation, Nexford University, Bamboo Real Estate Developers, Njenje Media and Nike Lake Hotels.