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  1. Press Release: Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) Hosts 3rd Annual Social Change Summit


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    Friday, 9th of June, 2017, Following successful previous editions, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), Nigeria’s premier social innovation centre together with Omidyar Network and Union Bank is proud to announce the 3rd Social Change Summit in June 2017.

    This year’s Social Change Summit themed ‘How might we connect more Africans to more opportunities to move up the socio-economic ladder?’ promises to engage and inspire attendees but more importantly seeks to understand how Africans can access opportunities that help them move up the social ladder to a higher socio-economic class. The sessions will include 3 main tracks namely; Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

    The summit will have in attendance stakeholders drawn from government, business, civil societies, donors, academia, and organizations. At the summit, participants will engage in discussions that facilitate the understanding of the opportunities which enable social mobility.

    Keynote at this year’s summit will be delivered by Mr. Stephen King (Partner, Omidyar Network), Ali Baba Akpobome, Stand-up Comedian.  The convergence will also include constructive panel sessions between some of Africa’s key stakeholders, who are interested in engaging in discussions that facilitate the understanding of the opportunities which enable social mobility. The Summit is in line with CcHUB’s mission to accelerate the application of social capital and innovation to make Nigeria a better society. To sign up as a media partner, for questions or clarifications, please contact us at info@cchubnigeria.com or call + (01) 2950555

    Event details are as follows:

    Date: Thursday 22nd June, 2017

    Location: The Marquee at Federal Palace, Hotel 6-8 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos

    Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    For details of the agenda and speakers/panelists, please visit http://cchubnigeria.com/summit/

    To participate in the summit, members of the public are encouraged to pick a ticket at www.cchubnigeria.com/summit to join the conversation on “How might we connect more Africans to more opportunities to move up the socio-economic ladder?”. Participation is FREE but participants MUST register.

    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

    About Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $947 million to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights. To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com

    About Union Bank

    Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (“UBN” or “the Bank”) was established in 1917 and is one o f Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions, offering a portfolio of banking services to individuals, SMEs, commercial and corporate clients. To learn more, visit unionbankng.com

  2. PRESS RELEASE: Rideshare Platform, GoMyWay Africa is 2 & Launching Something New!


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    LAGOS (June 1, 2017) - GoMyWay.com, on the 10th of June, 2017, will be celebrating its 2nd year anniversary Nigeria’s leading indigenous rideshare platform that connects people with the same planned journey, to share car rides together as a way to cut down transport cost and build connections.

    In the last year, the platform has experienced a 150% increase in registered members and a 300% increase in the number of seats offered. Furthermore, It has recorded rides shared in 16 states in Nigeria, a major leap from 5 states as at its last anniversary. GoMyWay.com also boasts of an average seat occupancy of 2.8 people per ride from about 1.8 in their first year, indicating that car owners on the platform are being connected to more passengers than before. It is evident that more Nigerians are beginning to embrace this innovation aimed at fixing some of the issues around transportation.

    In celebration of their 2nd anniversary, the GoMyWay team are excited to announce the start of an annual Rideshare Week Campaign (#RideShareWeekNG) across the country. The week-long campaign will be the first in Nigeria and is aimed at encouraging people to share rides together as an alternative mode of transportation, as well as creating public awareness on the benefits of ridesharing.

    According to GoMyWay’s CEO, Damilola Teidi – “Looking back, it is interesting to see how much we have grown. We have seen an increasing acceptance of this concept of ridesharing by Nigerians and are more than glad to be at the forefront. Moreso, it has given us the courage to push further in our quest to make GoMyWay a mainstream transport option; which is why this year, we are launching the rideshare week. The goal is that the Rideshare week will become bigger every year, and ultimately, many more Nigerians will get involved in the ridesharing culture.”

    The maiden RideShare week would run from the 5th to the 10th of June 2017, and among many interesting activities, will include a giveaway contest tagged the ‘GoMyWay Carfie Contest’. To participate, individuals are expected to post a Carfie (Car Selfie) – picture of themselves with at least one other person in a car – using the hashtags #GoMyWayCarfie and #RideShareWeekNG on social media. The coolest entries will be re-uploaded on GoMyWay’s Instagram page where participants will garner likes for their respective “

    The coolest entries will be re-uploaded on GoMyWay’s Instagram page where participants will garner likes for their respective “carfie”. The winner with the highest number of likes at the end of the competition will receive N10,000 cash and a two nights stay (including breakfast) at Amber Residence Hotel in Lagos, courtesy Finchglow Travels ( Nigeria’s No 1 Travel Management Company). There will also be cash prizes, fashion items and more for runner-ups.

    Other activities during the Rideshare week include a Facebook/Instagram live session with the GoMyWay team. You can keep up with all the activities HERE.

    For the rideshare week, GoMyWay is proud to have the support of Finchglow Travel & Tours, Printivo, Bedazzled and more, Renies&Clarks, Lost In Lagos, Henrich Böll Institute, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria, and Lara.ng

    About GoMyWay

    GoMyWay is a trusted online ride share platform that connects car owners that have spare seats to share with others that need a ride and are going in the same direction, so they all can share the cost of the journey, whether interstate or intracity. With a growing community of users, GoMyWay is the easiest way for car owners to monetize the extra seats in their cars during rides and for passengers to find affordable and comfortable means of moving from one place to another.

  3. CcHUB and Google for Entrepreneurs Launches European PitchDrive Tour to Raise €20M for African Tech Start Ups


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    Applications Open for African Start-Ups to Join Inaugural Tour of Five European Cities

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    Tuesday 30 May 2017. Lagos, Nigeria. Co-creation Hub (CcHUB), the leading technology innovation centre in Nigeria and Google for Entrepreneurs, have announced the launch of PitchDrive, a three week, five-city European tech hub tour across London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris. This partnership will bring 15 elite African tech companies together to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and learn about frontier technology markets.

    African startup founders looking to raise Series A funding and above will be selected by the PitchDrive team to embark on a landmark tour that aims to build stronger networks between European investors and African tech talent. Starting in London on 14th of August 2017, the cohort will visit Google’s Campus London, TQ Amsterdam, Factory Berlin and  Impact Hub in Zurich, concluding at NUMA Paris. Upon completion of the tour, the inaugural cohort will have pitched to over 300 investors, with the specific goal of raising over €20M in the three week period. This is the first tour of its kind to connect African tech companies with European capital, and the PitchDrive team is aiming to open up the sector to investors who want to build their portfolios to include emerging markets.

     

    ‘Bosun Tijani, CcHUB Founder and CEO says, “PitchDrive will hit the road in August to connect Africa’s tech elite with Europe’s most influential investors. Applicants will be subjected to a rigorous selection process, and those selected will go on to have their business models scrutinised and analysed by some very shrewd and highly experienced investors at a Demo Day on each stop of the tour. It will be tough, but ultimately, we hope to help secure a number of breakthrough capital deals for those who embark on this journey with us. This is an incredible opportunity, and applications for just 15 places on the PitchDrive bus, are now welcome.

     

    “Google started in a garage two decades ago. Our bus is the equivalent of their garage. We hope that with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs on the PitchDrive tour, we may secure capital to launch a new trajectory for one or two African unicorns of the future”.

    PitchDrive will provide all travel, accommodation and visa support, as well mentorship and support from notable tech founders well versed in fund raising, including Iroko Founder and CEO Jason Njoku, Saidah Nash Carter of Reuters, Stephen Newton of Illuminate Africa and David Grunwald of Google for Entrepreneurs.

    David Grunwald, Head of Global Partnerships 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”

    Applications are now open for African tech startups who are in a position to fundraise at seed stage and above. Those looking to apply must have been running for at least two years, and be a legal, registered enterprise able to demonstrate a minimum of 12 months revenue-generating operations and must be based in Africa. Ideally, startups will also have a strong management team who have worked together for at least 12 months and the founding team should own between 30-60% of the business with a high-quality board. Founders must also be available for a three-week period through the Summer of 2017.

    The PitchDrive team are also looking for companies that are tech-enabled or proprietary/patented tech, technology that has been validated by large reputable corporate customers (where applicable), relates to retail, mobile, financial technology, health or agriculture or have a high differentiation of technology / know how.

    Potential applicants can find all criteria and apply at 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

    About Co-creation HUB

    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

    About PitchDrive

    PitchDrive, from CcHub, will see fifteen 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.

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    About Google for Entrepreneurs

    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).

  4. NEXT ECONOMY 2017 ‘GROW YOUR BUSINESS’ ACCELERATOR


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    Co-creation Hub & Next Economy call for applications to the NextEconomy Grow Your Business Accelerator. The Next Economy empowers African youth to unleash their talent, build their confidence and hone skills required to be successful as entrepreneurs. The accelerator programme is poised to empower startups, with the potential to grow their business to create more jobs.

    The Next Economy is part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Local Employment in Africa for Development (L.E.A.D.) programme. The Next Economy is a collaboration between SOS Children’s Villages, 1%Club, Enviu and Afrilabs.

    The 3-month accelerator is tailored to help early stage startups grow their enterprise towards profitable businesses. Selected startups would get the opportunity to leverage modern tools in building products that solve real problems for their customers and learn how to use feedback to create a clear competitive advantage.

    What You Stand to Gain

    • Get access to a network of mentors, business coaches and industry leaders who can support your start-up in its growth phase.
    • Create a successful Growth Development plan.
    • Receive hands-on, intensive trainings on: business development, product innovation & branding, and more.
    • Learn from workshops on growth hacking, partnership management and creative marketing strategies.
    • Get the opportunity to pitch your idea to potential investors during a Demo Day.
    • 300,000 NGN and 600,000 NGN as cash grant for top two startups.

    At the end of the accelerator program, the startups take part in a demo day; giving them the opportunity to showcase their solutions to members of the public and the media.

    We invite those in and around Lagos, Nigeria to submit their applications for a chance to join the accelerator program.

    Click here to apply!

    Application Deadline is May 13th, 2017.

    FAQs

    What types of startups does Next Economy consider?

    Our focus is on innovative startups which can scale and provide jobs, direct and indirect, as they scale.

    Can startups outside Lagos be enrolled into the program?

    Startups outside Lagos can register for the program. If selected, however, startups would be required to be physically available in Lagos for the boot camp and 3-month accelerator programme.

    Can startups which are not tech-based apply to the program?

    We are open to technology based and technology enabled solutions. Startups with tech in their DNA have a higher likelihood to scale.

    How many people can participate in the programme from each organisation?

    Each startup can be represented by a maximum of 2 people. Each representative enrolled must be consistently present and actively involved.

    What topics would be covered in the accelerator?

    Growth Planning, Product Innovation & branding, Creative marketing strategies, Customer Experience Management, Data mining & Intelligence Gathering, Partnership management and Organizational Development.

    When is the timeline?

    Call for Applications close on May 13th while the boot camp holds on June 1st and 2nd.

  5. PRESS RELEASE: UNION BANK PARTNERS WITH CcHUB TO LAUNCH CENTENARY INNOVATION CHALLENGE


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    As part of activities to mark its 100th anniversary this year, Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s most-respected financial institutions, has announced a partnership with Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) to launch its Centenary Innovation Challenge. The launch was announced at a press conference held at the bank’s Head Office on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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    Building on the Bank’s 100th anniversary theme to ‘Celebrate, Impact and Lead’, the Centenary Innovation Challenge is an initiative that will impact Nigeria by unearthing and supporting innovative ideas for addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in entrepreneurial ways.

    The objective is to discover innovative, technology-driven ideas that will address critical social and business challenges in Nigeria. Proposals are therefore welcomed from university students, software developers, academics and entrepreneurs from across the six geopolitical zones and interested participants should visit the Challenge website - unionbank100.com/challenge – for details.

    Speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, stated that one of the core values of the bank is innovation; and just as innovation has been a key driver in enhancing customer experience for the bank, it is also relevant in solving social challenges.

    “We are committed to being at the leading edge of innovation, with emphasis on enhancing customer experience and driving social innovation. As we lead our institution into the next century, we will reinforce who we are; corporate citizens that drive true impact in our communities in the course of doing business.”

    “We believe that if private institutions and individuals can come together to tackle social problems in a sustainable way, there will be a great economic upside for everyone involved. One of the ways we are doing this is by launching the Centenary Innovation Challenge in partnership with Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), Nigeria’s leading innovation hub” he concluded.

    Speaking with the press during the launch, Lola Cardoso, Head of Group Corporate Strategy, Union Bank, emphasized on the Bank’s focus on sustainable citizenship and it’s aspiration to be recognized as a socially driven and responsible bank.

    “Our approach to corporate citizenship helps us leverage on our heritage as a strong financial institution to support local efforts aimed at achieving sustainable development and driving social change. For the past two years, our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has focused on three strategic pillars – financial inclusion, agriculture and talent development.”

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    “This competition, our Centenary Innovation Challenge, focuses on addressing the SDGs while also aligned with the three strategic pillars we have identified as a bank. Specifically we are focusing on agriculture, education and financial inclusion for the Challenge – these are areas we are committed to creating significant impact and establishing our leadership” she said.

    In his key note address, CEO and Co-founder of the Co-Creation Hub, Bosun Tijani spoke positively about the Hub’s partnership with the Bank. He said “Based on our work over the past 7 years, we have seen that there are very few credible platforms to leverage on to build sustainable businesses in Nigeria. This partnership with Union Bank for the Centenary Innovation Challenge is important to us, especially in implementing platforms that can help us provide solutions for our communities and the country as a whole”.

    “Over 98 per cent of the support we get as a Hub is derived from outside Nigeria and this relationship with Union Bank is our first with a Nigerian financial institution. Clearly, this is a commitment we appreciate and we want other reputable institutions to emulate,” he concluded.