In continuation of its desire to empower and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people in Nigeria, Facebook today announced that it is launching a new incubation programme in partnership with its satellite hubs to help local start-ups and upcoming entrepreneurs realise their business goals.
Participating hubs in the 8-week program include Colab, Roar Nigeria, nHub, Ken Saro Wiwa Innovation Hub, Ventures Platform, Di-Hub, Start Innovation Hub, and NG_Hub.
Officially launching on February 4, the programme has begun accepting applications from interested candidates, with successful applicants graduating with those from the ongoing Facebook Accelerator Programme.
Designed and run in collaboration with the satellite hubs spread across Nigeria, the programme aims to help new start-ups and entrepreneurs-to-be to take their respective solutions from ideation stage to prototype through mentorship with industry experts and practical training sessions – providing foundational skills necessary for building a successful business.
Speaking on the initiative, Kendra Nnachi, Facebook developer program manager, commented: “Our aim for these kind of initiatives is to empower entrepreneurs. We believe that this programme will increase the quality and longevity of the Nigerian startup scene by not only providing specialist knowledge and mentoring to the participants, but also by creating a community that gives them room to share and grow.”
Commenting on the programme and the partnership with Facebook, Mimshach Obioha, Partnership Director of Ventures Platform, commended Facebook for its commitment to the growth and development of startups across the continent, saying that this coincides with objectives of the hub.
“Ventures Platform backs Africa’s boldest entrepreneurs and helps them grow great companies around their ideas. We have always been in the business of incubating ideas and bringing them to life and we are excited that this partnership will give us an opportunity to do more. We are certain that the young people of this country will take due advantage of the opportunities the program will offer and we are willing to nudge them along,” he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Idris A. Dangana, CEO of Di-hub, said that with the program, more young people will be given an opportunity to showcase their ideas.
“Young people, especially in Nigeria, are known to be bursting with the entrepreneurial spirit and we are only too glad to provide the needed boost with this workshop. As we have always done, we would be providing support services for the duration of the training, and we are very thrilled to see what the participants have to offer,” he said.