Over 2000 participants and exhibitors are expected in the 2020 Connect Nigeria Business Fair/exhibition. The fair with the theme ‘Vision 2020’ targets Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMES) with the aim to open up more business opportunities for the expected exhibitors within an outside Nigeria.
The business fair will showcase a range of services and products, including fashion, beauty, real estate, ICT solution providers, Fintech, food & beverages, literature & arts.
“The business-enabling platform will serve as a bridge between businesses within the African continent and the rest of the world,” says Emeka Okafor, Managing director/CEO of Connect Nigeria, the organiser of the fair.
According to Okafor, participants at the business fair which holds between March 6 and 7, 2020 at the TBS, Lagos, will explore the many business prospects available while entrepreneurs will learn the skills they need to grow their businesses in today’s tech-driven world.
Okafor is passionate about Nigerian enterprises succeeding through empowerment and collaboration. He believes that by empowering MSMES, millions of jobs can be created, per capital income and export earnings increased and capacity utilisation in key industries unlocked and economic expansion enhanced.
These, he believes, have the potential to solve Nigeria’s challenge of Nigeria’s increasing population, a larger percentage of whom live below the poverty line.
Over the years, Connect Nigeria has sought to amplify the best of the SME segments in Nigeria through campaigns like its Top 100 Emerging SMES, which held its first edition in 2018. Through her annual business fair, the company advocates for the building of strong business networks and the laying down of processes that ensure the success of ventures.
“As in previous years, key industry leaders, through interactive panel sessions, keynote speeches and master classes, will interact and share invaluable insights with budding entrepreneurs.
The business fair is aimed at fostering collaboration and empowering businesses in Nigeria by educating entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses and build strong business networks. With a seating capacity for over 2,000 participants, the business fair will be an avenue for business people to listen to various business thought leaders who once walked in their shoes,” Okafor says.
The caster classes will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage these business leaders and role models while having their questions answered in a classroom setting, and learning from real success stories. The Pitch gives five participants, five minutes each to present a sustainable, technology-driven business idea, with the winner get on-the-spot funding.