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  1. Recap on Next Economy Accelerator Program


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    Two weeks ago, we kicked off the Next Economy Accelerator program in partnership with Enviu with 10 high potential early stage businesses. Next Economy is a 3-month accelerator for early stage businesses in Lagos/Nigeria to help grow their businesses into profitable & sustainable enterprises to stimulate the creation of jobs in Nigeria. The Next Economy will empower businesses with the knowledge, skills and tools to needed achieve growth and scale.

    Prior to the kick off, a call for applications was made in Lagos via various social media channels for early stage businesses looking for acceleration support to aid their growth. Over a course of 2 weeks, a total of 55 applications were received on the portal.

    Applications were screened based on preset criteria and 10 amazing businesses evolved! Let’s give you a brief introduction to the ventures:

    1. Nicademia: An edtech platform that produces local educational cartoons to make learning easy and fun for young Nigerians.

    2. Balogunmarket.ng: A chat-commerce platform that brings together small time retailers and kisoks owners in West Africa’s Biggest Market to customers & consumers.

    3. Greenbles: An e-commerce platform that is focused on the sales & distribution of green goods directly from farmers to wholesalers and retailers.

    4. WhyHemCee Enterprises: A personal grocery shopper that helps you source for affordable, fresh and healthy food items and brings them to your doorstep.

    5. ProTeach: An Edtech platform that connects students to expert tutors within the Lagos metropolis.

    6. Autosave Roadside Assistance: A platform that provides 24-hour assistance like minor mechanical first aid and extricating & towing to motorists in and around Lagos.

    7. Oremicrafts: They create unique crafts and accessories from new, recycled and local materials.

    8. Cribpark: Nigeria’s first state-of-the-art e-commerce marketplace where home builders can purchase home construction items from vetted and trusted sellers.

    9. DeliveryBros: An On-demand Delivery and Retail Fulfillment company optimizing Intelligent and Smart technology with our fleet of riders to deliver World Class on-demand delivery services with reliable pickup and drop off options with real time tracking as well as transparent pricing per fulfillment request.

    10. Charme: A Beauty and Wellness on-demand Service in Lagos that brings vetted beauty and wellness professionals to your doorstep.

    To immerse the shortlisted ventures into the program, a 2-day boot camp was held at the CcHUB – on #the6thfloor. Ventures were introduced to the program’s objectives and the learning curriculum for the accelerator. A need assessment and thorough analysis of each business was done using the Business Model Canvas & Swot analysis tool, also each venture set goals they intend to achieve through the accelerator and metrics to track them.

    At the Accelerator, weekly working sessions facilitated by seasoned experts would be conducted for the businesses to get valuable insights and customized growth hacking tips to rapidly scale their user base. At the end of the accelerator program, ventures will partake in a demo day, which is an opportunity to showcase their business with the public, the media and also meet prospective investors.

    Follow their growth over the next 3 months with the hashtag #NextEconomy on twitter.

  2. CcHUB Hosts 2nd Annual Social Change Summit


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    Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) and Omidyar Network cordially invite you to attend the 2nd edition of our annual Social Change Summit taking place on the 23rd of June, 2016.

    With the global drop in crude oil prices, the Nigerian economy is feeling severe strain at the moment. The realization of the need to move to an economy less dependent on fossil fuel exports seems to be dawning to all. As focus moves towards diversifying the economy, opportunity arises for investment in smart infrastructure that stimulate the economy and create catalytic change in the areas that most affect the wellbeing of the citizenry.

    As the honeymoon ends for the new government, there is increasing realization that the task of radically improving life outcomes for Nigerians cannot be left to government alone. There is need for resources, talents and partnerships to be mobilised to drive transformational change across the different systems in Nigeria.

    Following a successful 1st edition in 2015, Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), Nigeria’s premier social innovation centre in partnership with Omidyar Network is proud to host Nigeria’s 2nd Social Change Summit in June 2016. The Summit will converge stakeholders from government, business, civil societies, donors, academia and international organisations to explore concrete strategies to mobilize resources, creativity and partnerships to drive transformational change across the different systems that make Nigeria function as a good society.

    Keynote at the year’s summit will be delivered Mrs. Ibukun Awosika (Chairman, First Bank Nigeria), Mr. Stephen King (Partner, Omidyar Network), Mrs. Ory Okolloh (Director of Investments, Omidyar Network) and Mr. ‘Bosun Tijani (CEO, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria).

    The Summit is in line with CcHUB’s mission to accelerate the application of social capital and innovation to make Nigeria a better society.

    Event details are as follows:

    Date: Thursday 23rd June, 2016
    Venue: 6th Floor, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba
    Time: 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
    For details of the agenda and speakers/panelists, please visit www.cchubnigeria.com/summit

    At the Summit, Omidyar Network will be unveiling its latest report title People Powered Media in West Africa researched & written in conjunction with Reboot.

    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 attract talent, resources and creativity to address Nigeria’s most pressing social challenges?”. Participation is FREE but participants MUST register.

    The sessions will be followed by a networking cocktail on the CcHub Roof Terrace to celebrate existing effort to positively change Nigeria.

    To sign up as a media partner, for questions or clarifications, please contact us at info@cchubnigeria.com or call +234 (0) 817 0686 383

    About Co-Creation Hub

    Co-Creation Hub is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed as a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB serves as a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to Nigeria’s social problems. Read more at 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, and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork #PositiveReturns.

  3. An Overview of Distribution of Technology Businesses in Nigeria


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    With strong input from the technology ecosystem, we identified 503 technology companies to understand their current and future workforce demands.

    Our analysis of the geographical spread of these 503 companies shows Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt as the 3 cities we should focus on during our interview/questionnaire.

    Are there other clusters of companies in other cities not currently covered?

    Tell us in the comment section here

    You can also download a pdf version of the infographic here

  4. The New Co-working Space on the 6th Floor at CcHUB


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    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

  5. Build For My City Hyperlocal Hackathon – Abuja


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    #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 (Update: This event has been postponed to 10th of June, 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 Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja