Lagos creates mentoring platform for Techpreneurs

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State Government is preparing technologically-inclined entrepreneurs to harness potentials in the sector for economic growth.

This comes as the State embarks on the conversion of Yaba Industrial Estate to an Information and Communications Technology, ICT and Innovation hub where technology-based innovations would be provided.

The State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf gave this indication during the Lagos Business Clinic for Techpreneurs held at Zone Tech Park, Gbagada, Lagos State.

Wealth creation
Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf said that ”the state government has demonstrated its commitment to wealth creation and job creation opportunities for the populace through its investment in programmes capable of pushing out boundaries for new and small ventures.”

The Commissioner said that the State Government had earlier in the year sponsored 15 Lagos-based techpreneur and startups to the ICT summit held at the Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA.

Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf explained that the state government was harnessing every opportunity within its disposal to advance the compliance level of the young technepreurs.

According to her, ”the objective of government’s sponsorship of the summit is aimed at bridging the identified skills gap and also introduces the participants to the international tech space, besides networking with their American counterparts, reputable global tech organization such a Microsoft, general electric’s, Covington among others.”

Mrs Akinbile-Yusuf appreciated various organisations and individuals who have supported the government in demystifying challenges and fears militating against the growth of small businesses in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. She said that such collaboration was needed to address the myriad of challenges confronting young entrepreneurs.

Business Clinic
The Commissioner stated that the Business Clinic was designed to expose the techpreneurs to basic business etiquette, access to funding, legal requirements for startups, business plan writing and pitching practice among other identified issues confronting up-coming technologists.

“The fact that entrepreneurs constantly break rules and makes mistakes in an attempt to drive their businesses forward makes it invaluable for young and aspiring entrepreneurs to have good mentors.

The value of mentoring is becoming increasingly recognised not only in individual job satisfaction but in achieving organizational goal,” she said.

Taking chance
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Temiwunmi Tope-Banjoko advised the techpreneurs to take advantage of the array of seasoned mentors who would facilitate different sessions of the Clinic.

Mrs Tope-Banjoko was hopeful that the input of the facilitators would inspire and equip the mentees to excel, especially in a seemingly unpredictable and volatile business environment like ours.

She said; “You have the luxury of being guided by people whose success stories and rates will challenge you.

I urge you to leverage on the preparedness of the state to build your capacity by coming up with the superior, constructive and progressive thoughts to enhance your productivity.”

Good initiatives
One of the participants, Mr. Adeyinka Adedokun commended several initiatives of the State Government like the Code Lagos, the Business Clinic and the sponsorship privilege of some of the techpreneurs to the United State of America.

He said; “The decision of Lagos State Government to focus on technological advancement further corroborates the Smart City agenda of government because the world itself is revolving around technology and the State is preparing itself for this great change.”

According to him, the gesture shows that the Governor is on the mission of revamping the State and positioning it on the world map.


Mercy Chukwudiebere