The Nigerian innovation ecosystem is growing at an unprecedented pace with incredible prospects for the immediate and future socio-economic development of the country through the provision of solutions to societal issues as well as the creation of businesses, entrepreneurs, jobs, revenue, and other contributions to nation-building.
To support the optimization of this capacity, as well as the attainment of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 strategic framework for socio-economic transformation, it is critical to take a long term view of where the Nigerian innovation ecosystem is, where it can grow to and the steps that need to be taken in between.
Unlocking the right combination of public-private collaboration, enabling environment and funding would lead to even more exponential growth in the ecosystem as would be evidenced by substantial contributions to GDP and other socioeconomic parameters, more solutions to societal challenges, and even more Nigerian unicorn startups.
Innovation Support Network (ISN Hubs), Nigeria’s largest community of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship hubs is focused on creating linkages with corporates, development partners, academia, and government to catalyze Nigeria’s innovation ecosystem.
As part of the annual calendar of activities, this year’s Annual Gathering is themed “Beyond Incubation – Hubs as Part of the Societal Problem Solving Puzzle,” and seeks to stimulate conversations among stakeholders including Hub owners and managers, startups, investors, development partners, Corporates, policymakers, and advocates across the innovation ecosystem around mapping and executing strategies for developing visionary innovations in Nigeria.
The Innovation Support Network Annual Gathering would host panel sessions to explore innovation as a national strategy, the role of the innovation ecosystem in driving inclusive and sustainable development as well as the part the government needs to play to ensure that we achieve sustainable socio-economic transformation in the near future.
Other conversations at the event will include the state of the Nigerian innovation ecosystem, the challenges faced as a community seeking to innovate sustainably, and the way forward.
The Innovation Support Network Annual Gathering would hold virtually on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and participants can register here