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Lagos State, Dubai World Trade Centre empower Nigerian startups for global success

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In a remarkable demonstration of its commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, the Lagos State Government in partnership with the Dubai World Trade Centre has sponsored 25 Nigerian startups to participate at Gitex Africa Morocco.

The startups include Pocket Food, Access Tech, Printivo, Startup Lagos, Eko Institute of Technology, Kirgawa, Qore, Imperial EdTech, Bunce, Etaps, and Innovia Labs.

Gitex Africa Morocco is the largest and most influential tech and startup event in Africa. The event, renowned for showcasing technological advancements, innovations, and digital transformation, provides a platform for these Nigerian startups to pitch their ideas, connect with investors, and network with industry leaders on a global scale.

According to a statement, Governor Sanwo-Olu had a session with the startups where he shared his vision for fostering innovation and driving the digital transformation of Lagos State.

He highlighted the remarkable growth of Africa’s tech start-up sector and emphasized that Nigerian tech start-ups surpassed the $4 billion mark in 2022, with Lagos playing a leading role in the continent’s digital transformation.

The Governor, the statement said emphasized that Africa’s rise in technology is unstoppable. From Nairobi to Cape Town, and from Rwanda to Morocco, the continent is emerging as a global tech hub, attracting both local and international investments. He then called for continued collaboration between the public and private sectors to harness Africa’s limitless potential.

The statement said the governor’s presence serves as a strong testament to the government’s commitment to nurturing the growth of startups and positioning Lagos as a hub for technological advancements in Africa.

The event was also attended by Tunbosun Alake, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Innovation and Technology, who emphasized the government’s dedication to driving technological advancements and fostering an innovation-driven economy.

The Lagos State Government delegation, led by Hakeem Fahm, Commissioner, Ministry of Science & Tech; Ibilola Kasunmu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, provided guidance and support to the sponsored startups throughout their journey at GITEX Africa Morocco.

GITEX Africa Morocco brings together the brightest minds, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world to explore the rapidly advancing tech landscape in Africa. With a focus on AI, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Cloud Computing, and Connectivity, the event offers invaluable insights and opportunities to shape inclusive digital societies and drive technological advancements across various sectors.

Supported by Eko Innovation Centre, an innovation hub focused on driving the growth of startups and promoting digital transformation in Nigeria, the chosen startups represent the forefront of innovation in Nigeria.