Facebook Launch Nigerian Startup Incubator NG_HUB in LagosAbbakin
Facebook launch Nigerian startup incubator NG_HUB, a physical space that will serve as a centre for learning.
Facebook has partnered Lagos-based incubator Co-Creation Hub to NG_HUB space which is aimed at helping to develop Nigeria’s tech and startup ecosystem via an incubation programme.
Disrupt Africa report that the NG_HUB space is scheduled to open early next year, with the aim of connecting developers, startups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas.
It will also host a startup incubator programme, as well as training, guest speakers and a dedicated event space.
“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of small businesses in Nigeria say digital skills are important when thinking about hiring a new employee, more important than where an applicant went to school.
Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs are the foundation of the Nigerian economy and an important part of the Facebook community. That’s why we are working with leading NGOs and training organisations to help small businesses in Nigeria to connect, share and grow online.
This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important,” said Ebele Okobi, Facebook public policy director for Africa.
“At Facebook, our mission is clear: to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.”
Facebook will also be supporting a number of existing tech hubs across Nigeria to serve communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.
Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head of platform partnerships for the Middle East and Africa, said Nigeria was producing a new generation of exciting startups that have incredible potential.
“We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and startups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion,” he said.
“One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and startup community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”
Facebook is also launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, designed to provide skills that lead to employment and to support the growth of small businesses.
How to Apply as Facebook Launch Nigerian Startup Incubator NG_HUB
With the goal to help business owners better understand their brand, their audience, and how to best reach and service their customers online. This program will run in multiple cities across Nigeria, starting February 2018.
The goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across the four Nigerian cities namely Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Kaduna; through a series of scaled digital skills trainings, as well as long-term impact programmes.
Applications will open in 2018. So please stay tuned for more information.
Just like Facebook launch Nigerian startup incubator NG_HUB, recently also, Google launched this mentorship program that is specifically focused on supporting African tech entrepreneurs, with a new Google Developers Launchpad Africa space now available in Lagos Nigeria.
These entrepreneurship empowerment programmes are going to be great experiences come 2018.
Of course we will be glad to get involved.
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