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IE University offers platform to empower start-ups

IE University, a Spanish origin entrepreneurship technology and innovative institution has extended its platform to young Nigerian start-ups to enable them to gain visibility and support that helps them push their businesses to economic scale.

The institution, which has offered similar opportunities to about 35 countries across the world said Nigeria has huge potential and being the economic hub of West Africa with technology and innovation playing key role in economic expansion, the economy is key in growing the African economy.

The platform was launched in Lagos Weekend during the IE University’s first Digital Solutions Venture Day in Africa held at Zone Tech Park Gbagada, Lagos

“The idea behind the event is to give a platform to start-ups so that they can be visible, attract investment and other forms of support that they will need to grow their business from startup to scale economic effective size, say’s Onyekachi Eke, director of IE West Africa region.

IE Venture Day takes place annually in cities around the world, connecting the entrepreneurial community across all continents. IE has held more than 35 International Venture Days in cities such as Madrid, Shanghai, Tokyo, Miami, Bogota, London, Santiago de Chile, Paris and many more. The Digital Solutions Venture Day in Lagos is a cutting-edge, highly competitive program designed to identify and support start-ups that have the ability to create innovative digital-based solutions to everyday problems faced by businesses—whether private or public—so as to improve their operations.

Eke, revealed that “the winner of Venture Day Lagos gets an N5 million cash prize. The winner also gets the chance to pitch on IE’S stage in the South Summit Spain taking place at the beginning of October 2020.

The winning startup of Venture Day Lagos will have access to IE Business School’s campus for an intensive acceleration program that will take place a few days before South Summit in order to prepare their pitch for the event, she noted.

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