Lagos August 29, 2014: CcHUB boosts its incubation program with the launch of a $500,000 seed investment fund to support early stage start-ups over the next two years. Start-ups will receive sums ranging from $10,000 – $25,000 to support business model experimentation and operations. Initial beneficiaries of the seed program are Vacantboards, Truppr, Traclist, 500shops and GeniiGames. The announcement comes on the occasion of first anniversary of its incubation office which amongst other services provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, user testing, access to markets, office space and administration.
The initial beneficiaries of the seed investment went through CcHUB’s Pre-Incubation program which identifies and supports aspiring technology entrepreneurs looking to address local market problems with relevant solutions. Through the $90,000 Tony Elumelu Foundation/CcHUB pre-seed fund, beneficiaries started out with a grant award of $5,000 each to support their ideas, build working prototypes, carry out initial market testing & proof their concepts. These ideas grew steadily, earning revenues, increasing their user bases and building partnerships hence needing a different kind of support.
‘CcHUB incubation office launched in response to the need to provide business development, mentoring and funding support to start-ups that showed traction from our impactful Pre-incubation program. Our seed investment ensures startups have a sure footing post-Preincubation to concentrate on rapidly executing their plans and learning from the market’ says ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO & Co-founder of CcHUB.
‘Discussions are already underway with investors to provide additional funding to two (2) of our initial beneficiaries and we hope to break the news in the coming months’ remarked Tunji Eleso, Director of Incubation. We welcome startups looking to transform the way Nigerians live, play and do business to apply to join our portfolio via http://cchubnigeria.com/pre-incubation/ he further stated.
About initial beneficiaries
Vacantboards (www.vacantboards.com) led by Tunji Alao is an online outdoor advertising marketplace which enables one-click booking of outdoor advert spaces & tracking of advert campaigns.
Truppr (www.truppr.com) founded by Bosun Tijani is a social tool that connects people with physical activities and teammates in cities across the world.
Traclist (www.traclist.com) run by Emotu Balogun is an online marketplace that helps fashion retailers expose their inventory and allows customers all over Nigeria to buy from an wide array of products.
500 shops (www.500shops.com) led by Clive Ayonye offers small and medium sized businesses the opportunity to set up a complete online store and accept orders in minutes.
Genii games (www.geniigames.com) led by Adebayo Adegbembo delivers educative apps aimed at preserving and promoting African Culture and related subjects which include languages, etiquette and ethics.
About Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
Co-Creation Hub Nigeria is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. We leverage a community of progressives – software developers, organizations, government officials, businesses, academics etc who bring their creativity and knowledge into play in crafting novel ways to address the myriads of social and economic challenges that impact the lives of Nigerians every day. These stakeholders form the core of the community of people interested in positively impacting Nigeria that we are building. This community interacts through our online platform and physically at the CcHUB space in Yaba, Lagos. For more information, visit www.cchubnigeria.com
For further enquiries:
Director of Incubation, CcHUB
6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba
The last 2 weeks have seen our CodeCamp trainees bond into a family and we are sure glad to see them grow that bond even further as they work on teams to deliver on their final projects.
As a followup to their Java training, they picked up Android development skills this week. Github also got more than a fair mention as the crew now work more confidently with this tool. Github hosts both public and private repositories that allow developers to collaborate, review code and manage code for open source and private projects.
On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the main sponsor of CodeCamp, Paga at our Showcase Tuesday, a fortnight event that allows tech companies, startups and techies to engage the tech community in a demo and Q&A event. We figured you might be interested in the slides, so we put them up here.
Later that day, the team from Paga had a Q&A session with our budding developers on their experiences so far at CodeCamp.
Over the next 5 days, participants were exposed to the following:
Activities, Intents, Fragments and Layouts
Visual Elements Playground- exploring android visual concepts & widgets
Ideas Exchange session
To help our bootcamp participants understand how people are using code to make the world a better place, we headed off to Hotels.Ng where the ebullient Mark answered all the questions that were thrown at him.
Here is what some of our trainees thought of the trip:
Many thanks to Mark Essien for agreeing to host us at short notice.
One more full week before Demo day, where we will draw the curtains on this year’s edition of CodeCamp. The experience has been exciting. Many thanks to the duo of Caleb and Dami, who are taking our trainees through the basics of Android development.
Once we got the basics sorted, we went into other concepts like comments, variables, operations and key words…to mention a few.
But sometimes, theory can get too theoretical. So we got loads of activity time to practice what we had learned.
There were at least five exercises on what we had been taught so far. They included currency, weight and temperature converters.
We are excited about next week’s class and we’d be sure to keep you updated. Want to see what we’ve been up to in previous classes? Check out our blogpost HERE.
About Women R.I.S.E
Women R.I.S.E is an initiative by Co-creation Hub, with support from Google, designed to increase the number of female technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria, thus increasing active female participation in technology.
For five days, from 11 – 15 August 2014, fifteen eager developers interested in developing Windows apps gathered together at CcHUB for an interactive and hands-on bootcamp. Facilitated by Adebolu Omololu, Support Engineer for Microsoft Enterprise Platforms, we delved into building Windows apps, publishing them on the Windows store and deploying solutions on Azure.
What we learned
Day 1: An Introduction to Windows Store
An introduction to Windows store, why you should develop for the Windows store, how to monetise apps and the benefits you get. At the end of the day, all the participants setup Windows store developer accounts.
Day 2: How to Build a Windows Store Application
We got our hands dirty in with Windows store applications. Each participant began working on their individual Windows store app by following a lab prepared by their facilitator. It was a collaborative effort with everyone learning to build the apps together. Some participants were unable to install the prerequisite tools but we improvised by getting them to binstall Azure virtual machines which we used instead.
Day 3: How to Develop Windows Phone Applications
We learned to develop Windows Phone applications, use virtual and local machines, and publish applications to Azure. For this exercise, the class developed a simple to-do list. The last thing we learned before the end of day 3 was how to managing data when using Azure services.
Day 4: Project Sienna and Universal Windows Apps
We first goWhen the got to Project Siena, more than half the class asked why we did not show them this easier alternative first instead of making them develop the individual apps for the Windows platform. Why did he show them the first. Learn from a beginners perspective. Learn to develop ib visual studio. Created windows store accounts. Every one minus 1 person had the account set up
Day 5: Demo Day!
Each participant got to showcase their apps to the whole class. Their demos the app name, what it does, how it works, what platform was used to develop it and a prototype of what they had developed. They ended by telling us what they liked and dislaiked about the platforms used.
At the end of the bootcamp, we were able to sign up all participants for Bizspark account valid for 3 years and with $60,000 worth of data. We also had 11 solutions created using Project Siena, App Studio or Visual Studio and published to the Windows Store. The apps are:
- Age Calculator: an app that calculates your real age, not your football age.
- Current Affairs App: provides information on current and historic events of political or social interest and importance happening in the world.
- Football Panorama: allows you watch clips of renowned footballers. It also includes RSS feeds of football related activities.
- Interest Rate Calculator: calculate the interest rate and amount on money borrowed or loaned.
- Kickball Africa: get football news across Africa.
- SWAN: teaches you how to swim, all in one app. Includes instructions and videos.
- Tax calculator app: find out how much tax you should pay.
- This or That: a food app that suggests what to eat, how to make it or where to get it based on your cravings.
- Touriza: lets you know the best tourist centers in the world.
- Translator app: helps you translate languages.
- xDash: pulls feeds from your favourite websites
Five days and eleven apps later, we were able to learn and develop Windows apps in a 5-day bootcamp with Microsoft MySkills4Afrika volunteer and Microsoft Engineer, Adebolu Omololu. The interactive and practical nature of the sessions made it easy for participants to learn and ask questions about how to develop for the Windows platform using various tools. There was also one-on-one time with the facilitator and a lot of team work.
This bootcamp was made possible thanks to the Microsoft MySkills4Afrika, an initiative that brings skilled resources from across Microsoft to support Africa’s future.
12 days, 10 early-stage developers, 1680 hours of code, 3 tech projects in the works and an upcoming demo day. The atmosphere at CodeCamp has been filled with excitement and intense energy. We are elated to be working with bright, young minds.
It has been amazing seeing them pick up new skills and watching them explore the possibilities of their newly acquired knowledge. Learning the basics of Java programming language took centre-stage this week. It was a step towards learning how to build scalable android mobile apps. Caleb and Damilola are the facilitators running the show.
Here is what they have been immersed in this week:
Introduction to Java: Variables and Operators
Control structures: Arrays
Methods, Classes, and Objects
Object Encapsulation & References: Static Fields and Methods
Multithreading: Hashmaps: Inheritance. Interfaces and a few data structures.
One of the highlights was seeing one of the participants Ebuka, overcome his fear of Java.
Also this week, the teams began holding sessions with their mentors to provide guidance on the projects that they are working on.
We’ll let you in on some of the projects that our bootcamp attendees are hacking out:
An app that will tell user what it will cost & how long it will take to get from point A to point B. This will show the cost for various means of inter and intra-city transportation modes.
A crowd-funding app with a social twist
A local place discovery app.
Derrick Bolton from Stanford University dropped by to speak to our participants about opportunities at Stanford. A welcome break from crunching code one would say
Earlier in the day, we had visits from startups from our Incubation space. Emotu Balogun, co-founder at Traclist, a product discovery platform took some time to speak on their work and how an internship with them would greatly contribute to the growth and development of budding programmers.
A few minutes later, Tunji Alao, walked participants through slides that detailed the journey of his startup. He highlighted the direction that VacantBoards was going and the opportunities available for bright, young developers to help make make their dream a reality. His pitch must have lit a fire in some minds as seen in this twitter status update captured below.
We are looking forward to the last 2 weeks of CodeCamp 2014 where our participants will be learning how to build android mobile applications. And then demo day!!! And in case you missed week 1 of our post on CodeCamp 2014, you can catch it all here.