Over 5 years ago, we launched the CcHUB with huge aspiration to create a unique space for creatives, technologists and other exciting people to build the future we all seek for Nigeria. We have collectively demonstrated what progressive Nigerians can do with the right support – CcHUB today is one of the highly referenced tech hubs across the world.
It is always tempting to judge the impact of the community we’ve all created through the stories of start-ups like BudgIT, Wecyclers, Traclist, Truppr, Asa, Stutern and many more, the biggest value, however, lies in the serendipitous and undocumented outcomes. Little is known about how the many hackathons we all engaged in led to the stronger ecosystem we have in Lagos today. It is probably difficult to gauge how much value the community was to the start of ventures like TechCabal, Delivery Science, Andela, Prepclass, Chop Up, Top Up Genie amongst others.
The team and I believe in providing a simple platform that inspires and supports experimentation. This attitude is what we believe led to the Tech Cluster in Yaba as it is known today and also accounts for the many contributions of the entire community to application of technology for social good in Nigeria (e.g GoVote.ng and LagosInnovation.com, BudgetCut App). We are proud of the young, naïve and purposeful spirit of the community. May we all continue to yearn for more!
With this email, I’d like to inform you that the membership structure of our co-working space on the 6th floor would be changing. In fact, access will now be FREE with a few paid/fixed desks. We’ll announce the details of how you can secure the exclusive FREE access next week and the new structure will take effect from Monday, 13th of June, 2016.
I thank you for your support and contribution to the CcHUB community and do hope you’ll secure your membership immediately the details are released.
Signed: ‘Bosun Tijani
#BuildForMyCity is coming to ABUJA, this May!
CcHub invites you to participate in the #BuildForMyCity Hyperlocal Hackathon happening in Abuja this May 2016. This is our first hackathon outside Lagos.
#BuildForMyCIty is a 48-hour rapid prototyping hackathon, where idea owners, software developers/designers, branding gurus, project managers, digital marketing experts and business brains collaborate to build working prototypes of web and mobile apps that improve quality of life in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.
Do you have an idea to improve how people live, get educated, keep fit, eat and interact with public services in Abuja?
You are invited to submit your ideas for the chance to have it quickly developed at #BuildForMyCity Hackathon.
Individuals with the skills to develop these ideas (web & mobile developers, UI/UX designers, graphic designers, project managers, digital marketing experts, marketing communication experts, business brains etc) are also invited to apply to join the teams that would be hacking solutions.
The best ideas hacked stand the chance to win prizes towards completion and launch.
Sign up to participate at http://buildformycity.com/
Date: 27th – 29th May 2016
Venue: The re:learn center – 1st Floor, TY Danjuma Foundation Building. 35 Fandriana Close, Off Oda Crescent, Off Dar Es Salaam Street, Off Aminu Kanu Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
On the 13th of April, 2016, the United Kingdom’s Minister of International Development (DFID), Nick Hurd accompanied by other officials of the UK’s DFID, visited Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB). The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the innovative technology solutions within the hub and also look at possible room for collaboration in the nearest future.
As is our tradition, the Minister and his delegates were given a tour of Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) beginning at the Mobile Experience Lab (MxLAB), the incubation space, the community space and the rooftop. At the incubation space, the Minister met with 6 startups which include: Truppr, Lifebank, Genii Games, BudgIT, Mamalette and Grit Systems.
We are enthusiastic about the attention and buzz the Nigerian tech industry is getting and we look forward to positive collaboration that foster better relationship between the Nigeria and UK tech industry that could lead to impactful investment and promote globalization.
The guests were welcomed by Femi Longe, Director, Open Living Labs (OLL) and Tunji Eleso, Managing partner, Growth Capital.
A lot has happened in the past weeks at Growth Academy with Intel Africa, a 3-month accelerator for tech startups have the opportunity to grow their businesses into profitable and sustainable enterprises. Briefly, let us run you through our past activities since when it kicked off on the 14th of March 2016.
After a 3-week call for applications, we had a total of 102 startups that applied, from which the 10 participating startups were selected. Our criteria for selection was based on: Does their solution address a clear need in the society, is their team knowledgeable and skillful enough to implement the solution, how many customers and how much revenue has been generated so far etc. The 10 startups are EdvesSuite, VergeNG, Mamalette, Tuteria, GoMyWay, DropBuddies, Eazyhire, VacantBoards, GeniiGames and Wesabi. Read more about them at growthacademy.ng
Growth Academy 2016 Begins!
Kick off Session
The Accelerator commenced with a kick off session on the 14th of March 2016, participants were introduced to the program and curriculum. Each startup was given the opportunity to introduce themselves, their product and motivation to take part in Growth Academy. This enabled participants to have a grasp of other startups partaking in the program and also get to know each other better.
The session was facilitated by CcHub’s Director for Open Living Labs, Femi Longe & the Program manager. A welcome speech was given by CcHub’s CEO, Bosun Tijani and Growth Capital’s Managing Partner, Tunji Eleso. The kick off session rounded up with a goal setting activity where startups set smart goals they want to achieve by the end of the accelerator program.
A series of sessions commenced in the following days for startups to prepare their pitches for demo day. Mock pitch sessions were conducted alongside a general overview of each startup’s pitch deck.
Demo day, a platform for startups to showcase their products to prospective investors, partners and the media. This year, different from the typical accelerator format, Growth Academy flipped the accelerator/demo model by introducing demo day just one week into the 3 months program. This enabled startups with the opportunity to meet potential partners that can work with them to achieve their set goals for the program.
This pace setting event held on the 22nd of March 2016 with over 15 organizations present, this included Intel, Oracle, MainOne, Jumia, Rack centre, The Nation, TechCabal, Biola Alabi Media, Accion Microfinance Bank, Insight Communications, Google, Enplug Africa, Emval, Interswitch, Etisalat Nigeria, Alpine amongst others. Each startup had the opportunity to pitch their business and receive feedback from the audience on areas to tweak in order to rapidly scale their user base and also possible areas of collaboration with the organizations present.
Working & Check -In sessions
The accelerator program commenced fully with working and check in sessions which are scheduled to hold weekly till the end of the program in June. Working sessions are an avenue for startups to get insights on growth hacks, route to market strategies, customer insights etc
from industry professionals, top company execs and seasoned experts.
In the past weeks, working sessions have been facilitated by top industry executives; at the first session, Mr Isaac Okanlawon, Marketing Manager at Heinz shared useful insights on customer understanding, market segmentation techniques and how to effectively use the Source of Growth Analysis (SOGA) tool. At the second session, Mr Tomi Davies, President of African Business Angel Network & CEO -TechnoVision and Tunji Eleso, Managing Partner – Growth Capital – gave each startup customized growth hacking tips to rapidly scale their user base and shared how important it is for the startups to define their businesses using the P.O.E.M framework. And recently,at the 3rd session – facilitated by Femi Longe & Olaide Ogungbesan; startups reviewed each other’s platforms and gave concrete feedback on how to optimise their platforms to better customers experiences.
Check in sessions are an opportunity for assess the weekly progress of each startup, get feedback for the accelerator program and know specific areas to improve the experience of each startup.
You can follow the next working session on twitter using the hashtag #GrowthAcademy
Facebook in conjunction with Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) will be hosting a meetup for developers in Lagos, Nigeria on the 12th of April, 2016 at 5.30 PM WAT
With more than 70 percent of developers building for the Facebook platform outside of the United States. In an effort to bring developers from all over the world key content and announcements being shared at F8, Facebook is organizing 27 meetups all over the world to coincide with the event happening live in San Francisco on April 12. Each meetup will feature a live stream of the opening day keynote and time to connect with the local developer community.
To register to attend this event: please visit F8meetupsLagos
For anyone who can’t make it to F8 or one of the viewing parties, you can register here for free to watch the keynote and selected sessions that will be live streamed online. There will also be bonus content available online, such as exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage of F8.
Date: 12th of April, 2016
Time: 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM (WAT)
Venue: Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Apply now via F8meetupsLagos as limited spaces are available.