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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Yaba Manifesto: The tech community join forces to build the tech cluster in Yaba


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    The YabaManifesto is an initiative of the Yaba tech community, it aims to create a framework that can be used to build a solid technology and startup cluster in Yaba.

    In the wake of recent discussions about the existence of a true tech ecosystem in Yaba, an open TownHall meeting was held on the 23rd of June. Moderated by ‘Bosun Tijani (CEO, Co-Creation Hub) and Chuwkuemeka Afigbo (Head of Platforms Partnerships at Facebook), the meeting revealed the need for an intentional commitment to develop the cluster in Yaba. The result was an Open Manifesto, jointly created, to guide the development of a future YABA that can become the ‘centre of excellence’ for technology in Nigeria and Africa.

    Seven (7) focus areas were identified as important to building the ecosystem; Culture, Funding, Talent, Infrastructure, Policy Creation, Smart City and Research and Development. In the spirit of collaboration, volunteer committees were created to guide the development of the manifesto and committee leads were nominated.

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    Illustrating what the future Yaba would look like, Steven, a young programmer, described the future Yaba as “A symbol of Hope; a cluster that would inspire young people and provide them with resources to build the future” To realize this dream, however, everyone has to be involved.

    This is a call for all members of the community in Lagos and beyond who are interested in this future, to bring their ideas to the table and contribute to the formation of action points for the manifesto. The pillars are housed in a special category on Tech Cabal’s radar, you can share your opinions here.

    Radar would be open for discussions till July 31st, after which the resolutions decided upon would be published on the manifesto’s independent website. The website would guide the development of the Yaba tech cluster and serve as a reminder of our joint commitment to building the Yaba we desire. Join the conversation today.

  5. 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