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  1. CcHUB and European partners secure over 1.5M Euros to develop STEM Online Laboratories


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    GO-GA Design Tuesday 14th November, 2017. Lagos, Nigeria. Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), Nigeria’s leading social innovation centre through its EdTech practice (re:learn) partners with 7 European and African countries to improve students’ participation in STEM subjects across Africa.

    GO-GA (Go-Lab Goes Africa) is a European Commission funded collaborative project under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Funding Scheme. GO-GA’s overall purpose is to accelerate the adoption of richer learning environments and improved learning outcomes in science and technology, through the deployment of contextually engaging digital Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in secondary schools across Africa. GO-GA will create an outreach for, and adapt the successful Go-Lab Ecosystem (consisting of www.golabz.eu and www.graasp.eu) to the needs of teachers and students in Nigeria, Kenya, and Republic of Benin, with built in plans to scale across Africa.

    Go-Lab is a leading portal with carefully curated and tested content on science and technology for secondary schools supported by a strong community of teachers, instructors and online laboratories. Go-Lab (Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School) opens up online science laboratories (remote and virtual labs) for the large-scale use in school education, encouraging young people aged from 13-18 to engage in science and engineering disciplines, acquire scientific inquiry skills, and experience the culture of doing science by undertaking active guided experimentation.

    “Despite the growing availability of technology resources in schools, there remains a disconnect between resources available and impact achieved, with reviews generally showing that input-based policies on their own are largely ineffective in increasing learning outcomes in the absence of complementary initiatives to improve accountability or pedagogy” says ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO, CcHUB. This can be linked to a lack of appropriate and engaging content to stimulate learning in STEM subjects, as well as appropriate know-how on the part of teachers.

    “It is therefore important that we shift focus of our education systems from primarily input-based policy towards policies that focus on learning outcomes and this is what has got us excited about GO-GA.” He further states.

    The GO-GA project beginning in January 2018, will address these challenges by adapting the Go-Lab ecosystem in schools across Africa. By adapting and localizing the existing Go-Lab portal, GO-GA will make available rich and engaging STEM content for students in secondary schools. This will be achieved by building on Teacher Communities, via the GO-GA inquiry spaces, further equipping teachers to deliver top-quality, engaging STEM education. This will involve the adaptation and localization of the existing Go-Lab platforms to suit the realities of African schools.

    “The international dimension of the European Commission funded Horizon 2020 programme supports innovation excellence and industrial competitiveness through collaboration between the best minds of Europe and partner countries all over the world. In that context, GO-GA will promote the mutual interests of EU and African partners by ensuring the global reach and adoption of an essential education technology development and market innovation. We are very excited by the prospects of the project!” Says Célia Gavaud Coordinator of GO-GA.

    GO-GA will be implemented by a consortium of reputable European and African partners in technology, education and teacher training networks across Africa. They include; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), (Switzerland), University of Twente, UT (Netherlands), NUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia (Portugal), IMC Information Multimedia Communication AG (Germany), MITO Technology (Italy), ELimu Elearning Company Limited (Kenya) and EtriLabs (Benin Republic) with CcHUB’s re:learn providing technical leadership.

    The consortium will collaborate to adapt, validate, pilot and scale a contextually relevant portal across Africa to accelerate the creation of richer learning environments and outcomes. The project will also work with existing teacher training organisations and networks to create an “Educator’s Network” comprising of well-trained champions (Master Teachers) who not only deploy the materials in schools but also contribute to the creation of additional content and practices and mentor other teachers.

    About re:learn
    Re:learn is CcHUB’s EdTech practice whose goal is to help schools use technology in a smart way to enhance learning. Through content curation and capacity development – with a wide network of trained facilitators, our aim is to improve the learning experience in and out of the classroom.
    The re:learn centres are currently located in Abuja and Lagos. Visit http://relearn.ng/ for more information.

    About CcHUB
    CcHUB is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. The technology hub is the first in Nigeria to serve as an Open Living Lab in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated in the co-creative process of new services, products and societal infrastructures. For more information, visit www.cchubnigeria.com

  2. Truecaller LaunchEvent At CcHUB with Huge Developer Contest


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    Truecaller is coming to CcHUB on November 2nd for their big African launch event! With the tremendous growth Truecaller has had across Africa in the past two years, the team decided to open an office and expand into Africa!

    The event will consist of a fireside chat with Truecaller Chief Commercial Officer, Ted Nelson, Director of Communications, Kim Fai Kok, and Director and Head of Worldwide Developer and Startup Relations, Priyam Bose. They will be discussing the Truecaller story, their interest in the African startup scene, and their plans for expansion.

    The Truecaller app has already more than 50 million users in Africa, and is helping Africans block more than half a billion spam calls on a monthly basis in the region, and more than 50% of all messages being filtered is considered as spam. Recently, they have been nominated for “Best African App” for Apps Africa Innovation Awards, and AfricaCom for “Most Innovative Service.”

    In the excitement of launching their Developer Program, Truecaller has also taken up a challenge for Nigerian startups and developers to win $4,000 in Truecaller ad-spending by showcasing the most innovative way Truecaller SDK can be utilized in their app! See details below.

    To sign up for Truecaller’s launch event at CcHUB, please RSVP here by November 1st.

    Calling all developers to win big!

    On the launch of the Developer Program, we’re having a contest to find developers and startups that are showcasing the most innovative way Truecaller SDK can be utilized in their app. First prize consists of $4,000 in ads spending on the Truecaller platform. Second and third winner will win $2,000, and $1,000 in ads spending.

    What is Truecaller SDK?

    A phone number is much more than a way to connect — it’s an identity. Truecaller offers a unique tool, Truecaller SDK, for any app developer that wants to minimize the friction and complexity of getting new users on-board. No more One Time Password (OTP) verification or users dropping off. Truecaller SDK helps end users quickly and effortlessly utilize their Truecaller credentials to sign-up with one-touch to third-party apps with their phone number. Save your time and resources. Truecaller SDK will help drastically reduce costs, improve the overall quality of your community (no more spam accounts) and accelerate global user growth.

    Benefit for you: Save your time and resources and focus on your core product. Truecaller SDK is free to use, quick and easy to integrate, helps in drastically reduce your phone# based user verifications costs, improve the overall quality of your on boarded users (no more spam accounts). It enables to accelerate global user growth and help build more trust in your product!

    Who can apply for this contest?

    Professional Mobile App developers, digital/mobile startups having live published native apps on Android and iOS. Apps must be live in Africa, and developers/startups need to be a native of and headquartered in Africa.


    Instructions:

    Step 1: Sign up here: https://developer.truecaller.com/auth/register
    Step 2: Create a mock-ups and proof of concept of how Truecaller SDK is being integrated into your service
    Step 3: Send mock-ups to truesdk@truecaller.com with:

    • App Name
    • Brief description of your already published mobile app
    • Phone number of contact
    • Link to the live app on Google Play and/or Apple App Store
    • Enclose the design mockups with well-documented steps explaining the flow as an attachment

    Deadline

    Application deadline is Tuesday, 31st October 2017 at 11:59 pm Lagos time.

    Questions

    For any inquiries or queries on creating Truecaller developer account, support, Truecaller SDK flow design mocks, integration documentation –please contact: truecallerdevelopers@truecaller.com

    Terms and Conditions

    The evaluation of entries will be based on reviewing your app as a product, the problem it is solving, the category it is serving, current scale, innovative use of Truecaller SDK in your app flow as submitted in design mocks, app store performance, etc.

    The judgement and declaring the winners will be at the sole discretion of Truecaller and CcHUB jury team based post the evaluation of entries.
    The winners will be mentored by Truecaller Developer Relations team on their app product and to also make/update their apps live on App Stores with Truecaller SDK integration on Android and/or iOS platform within 2 weeks of winning the contest. Once we have the winner announced, we will follow up directly with the winners to coordinate their advertising spend.

  3. CcHUB Announces Winners of The First Diaspora Challenge


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    Wednesday 11th October. Lagos, Nigeria. Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), Nigeria’s leading social innovation centre today names the winners of the Diaspora Challenge.

    The ambitious initiative which received over 250 entries from scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs across the diaspora community in the UK was on a mission to seek and harness workable tech solutions to developmental challenges plaguing Nigeria.

    “It was an intensely difficult challenge to moderate as there were many frontline and innovative ideas,” said Femi Longe, CcHUB Director, Innovation/Consulting. “The three winning startups showed a credible benefit to daily challenges within the Nigerian sectors and also have the potential to deliver economic remittance. We look forward to working with these entrepreneurs to help them build sustainable and scalable businesses.”

    The CcHUB Diaspora Challenge, launched in May 2017, solicited innovative workable ideas with a focus to address challenges in the energy, finance and education sectors. The objective was to tap the diverse wealth of resources that Nigerians living abroad could contribute to national development.

    We are proud to announce the top three startups carefully selected as winners for the CcHUB Diaspora Challenge. These startups represent a new class of entrepreneurs coming up across Nigeria, and across Africa. Companies specializing in technology-based digital products and solutions encompassing industry sectors with potential to scale nationally:

    Big Pot (Energy Stream), founded by Oluyemi Jegede is a startup in the energy sector stream. Big Pot is a power utility startup that provides solar energy to small and medium sized residences and businesses through smart community microgrids distributed via a blockchain network formed by geographically dispersed solar photovoltaic panel installations and lithium ion battery storage.

    1 Million Teachers (Education Stream) is an education based startup on a mission to fix education in Africa by empowering teachers with skills and knowledge using gamified and incentives based learning. This startup founded by Hakeem Subair aims to develop a subscription-based online learning platform for teachers.

    And finally, TruuScore (FinTech Stream), a FinTech startup founded by Dr. Freda Owusu. TruuScore is a credit reference service which uses a person-centered algorithm to enable credit scoring for the financially excluded populace. TruuScore is developing a person-centred system that enables credit scoring, using multiple data sources.

    ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO and Co-founder, CcHUB says, ‘Nigeria is experiencing an unprecedented growth and with this comes developmental gaps and issues. We believe that the restructuring of Nigeria is one that requires collective efforts needing all hands on deck. The Diaspora Challenge is one of the vehicles through which we want to drive innovation for a better society by tapping into the innovative wealth of Africans in the diaspora eager to proffer solutions’

    Each of the three winning startups will receive a $15,000 investment, and will be enrolled into a 9 month long CcHUB Acceleration Programme, custom fit with business advisory support, access to a wide network of mentors with domain knowledge expertise in a bid to build and scale.

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    About CcHUB

    CcHUB is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. The technology hub is the first in Nigeria to serve as an Open Living Lab in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated in the co-creative process of new services, products and societal infrastructures.

    CcHUB’s methodology is hinged on engaging a community of progressive stakeholders (end-users, subject matter experts, government agencies, businesses, academics, civil societies etc.) who bring their creativity and knowledge to play in co-creating solutions to social challenges faced by the average Nigerian through our open living labs. The resulting innovations are then supported to become sustainable market solutions by providing proactive business support, advice, mentorship and funding through our pre-incubation & research unit.

    For more information, visit www.cchubnigeria.com

  4. Google Developers Launchpad Comes To Lagos


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    Startups based in Nigeria can now apply for the first ever Google Developers Launchpad Start Lagos to be held at Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) from 6th to 10th November 2017.

    Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups interested in improving their knowledge of key subjects like product strategy, UX and UI, technology, marketing and business developments. Our Mentors have been carefully selected to match these specific skills that the startups need to succeed.
    The goal of this bootcamp is to provide startups with actionable, in-person mentoring to help them tackle critical growth and scale challenges.

    Each day of the bootcamp will be dedicated to a specific subject, and includes presentations, one on one mentorship and instructor-led workshops. At the end of the 1- week bootcamp, participating startups will have four key take-aways; an improved product strategy, an optimized Minimum Viable Product, a technical excellence plan and a viable digital marketing strategy.

    “CcHUB is pleased to be a part of the Google Developers Launchpad Start. In the past 7 years we have worked with a number of early stage startups through our pre-incubation programmes where we have helped them build high-performing products and services enabled by technology. The goal of the bootcamp is to provide amongst other things, in-person mentoring which addresses one of our functions to the ecosystem; to activate knowledge networks. We are certain that the knowledge gained from the Google Developers Launchpad Start will address the technical talent gap by strengthening the pool and also contribute to advancing the human potential within the teams of each of the startups who will sign up.” says ‘Bosun Tijani, CEO and Co-founder, CcHUB.

    If you have an early-stage tech-startup that you would like to connect with mentors that can help your business scale, then apply now.

  5. CcHUB PitchDrive: From Africa to Europe The Journey For 14 African Startups Begins


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    Thursday 27th July. Lagos, Nigeria. Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), Nigeria’s leading social innovation centre in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, has announced the names of the 14 selected startups set to participate in PitchDrive, a three week five-city European tech hub tour across London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris with the aim to raise €20M in funding from investors. This partnership will bring together 14 elite African tech companies to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and offerings, learn about cutting edge frontier technology markets and build a network amongst technology leaders from both the African and European continent, bridging the divide across the tech ecosytems.

    A few weeks ago, applications to African startup founders who were looking to raise Series A funding was made open. The feedback was an impressive 118 who went through a rigorous and objective selection process which produced the top 14 finalists. The selected startups include, Kudobuzz: Ghana, Ongair: Kenya, Gebeya: Kenya/ Ethiopia, Piggybank: Nigeria, Gloo: Nigeria, Prepclass: Nigeria, Tradedepot: Nigeria, Lifebank: Nigeria, Fashpa: Nigeria, Firefly media: Senegal, GoMetro: South Africa, ClinicMaster: Uganda, BitFinance: Zimbabwe and Real food: Zimbabwe.

    Starting in London on 14th of August 2017, the selected startups will visit Google’s Campus London, TQ Amsterdam, Factory Berlin and Impact Hub in Zurich, concluding at NUMA Paris. Upon completion of the tour, they would have pitched to over 300 investors, with the specific goal of raising over €20M. Notably, this is the first tour of its kind connecting African tech companies with European capital, and the PitchDrive team is aiming to open up the sector to investors who desire to include emerging markets in their portfolios.

    ‘Bosun Tijani​, CcHUB Founder and CEO says, “The idea of PitchDrive is a phenomenal and an incredible opportunity for not only the selected 14 startups, but also the investors. The turnout of applications for PitchDrive lean to the ‘start small dream big’ saying and through this platform, we hope to help secure a number of breakthrough capital deals for the selected 14 startups. And, like the Garage story of Google, we hope that one or two or possibly all of these startups will have a similar story. I can say that they are in for a tough but rewarding journey with us.”

    “We are glad for the support of Google for Entrepreneurs on the PitchDrive tour and look forward to the journey ahead.”
    PitchDrive will provide all travel, accommodation and visa support, as well mentorship and support from notable tech founders well versed in fund raising, including David Grunwald of Google for Entrepreneurs, Iroko Founder and CEO Jason Njoku, Saidah Nash Carter of Reuters and Stephen Newton of Illuminate Africa.

    David Grunwald​, Head of Global Partnerships at Google for Entrepreneurs, adds, ”Entrepreneurs from across Africa are building world-class tech companies, and we are delighted to be able to use the power of the Google for Entrepreneurs network to showcase their fantastic products to audiences in some of Europe’s most important tech ecosystems”.

    The PitchDrive team is looking forward to meeting with the investors across the 5 European countries. The destination Africa to Europe PitchDrive is officially activated.
    www.pitchdrive.xyz – #PitchDrive
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    For additional information or interview requests with ‘Bosun Tijani, Founder and CEO of CcHUB, contact Jessica Hope of Wimbart | jessica@wimbart.com | 0044 [0]7814 714 992

    CcHUB is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. The technology hub is the first in Nigeria to serve as an Open Living Lab in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated in the co-creative process of new services, products and societal infrastructures.

    CcHUB’s methodology is hinged on engaging a community of progressive stakeholders (end-users, subject matter experts, government agencies, businesses, academics, civil societies etc.) who bring their creativity and knowledge to play in co-creating solutions to social challenges faced by the average Nigerian through our open living labs. The resulting innovations are then supported to become sustainable market solutions by providing proactive business support, advice, mentorship and funding through our pre-incubation & research unit. For more information, visit www.cchubnigeria.com

    PitchDrive, from CcHub, will see fourteen elite start-up founders from across Africa to explore the incredible world of European start-up ecosystems through the eyes of the Google for Entrepreneurs partners in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris. Pitch to investors, explore global opportunities and learn from frontier markets. Visit www.pitchdrive.xyz

    Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google’s resources to dozens of co-working spaces and community programs across 140 countries. We also create
    Campuses: physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit google.com/entrepreneurs or follow us on G+ (+GoogleForEntrepreneurs), Twitter (@GoogleForEntrep) and Facebook (fb.com/GoogleForEntrepreneurs).