1. Social Change Lab for Health: Idea Forum


    As part of the Social Change Lab for Health (SCL4Health) program we are running here at CcHub, we are pleased to invite you to visit our Idea Forum and share you thoughts, suggestions and opinions on the different solutions there.
    Here’s some background info
    The idea of SCL4Health is to stimulate the development of web and mobile technology tools to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Following the definition of priority areas for us to focus technology interventions, we opened a Call for Ideas for relevant technology solutions. So far, we have received a total of 40 ideas — 27 Build It ideas and 13 Grow It ideas.
    • GROW IT represents ideas for which a prototype or minimum viable product has been built and has launched or is currently being piloted.
    • BUILD IT represents new ideas that have not yet been built but are supposed to address an identified gap in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
    What happens next?
    The shortlisted ideas will receive further support to improve their first version. 12 ideas will be shortlisted and all Shortlisted ideas (6 Grow it and 6 Build it) will have the opportunity to pitch for a pre-seed grant of $5,000 from the Tony Elumelu Foundation as well as exposure to other potential supporters.
    The Grow It, the solutions get usability reviews with health and technology stakeholders as well as business development support from the CcHub Pre-Incubation team.
    The Build It ideas will be given the opportunity for rapid prototyping as well as usability and business development support to prove their concept.
    Be part of the revolution
    To this end, we would like to get your input and comments that will be critical to improving your solution. Visit our Idea Forum and review the ideas submitted for SCL4Health. Leave a comment that can help idea owners improve upon and better implement their ideas, and then vote for your favorite ideas.
  2. Port your Android Apps to the Nokia X Platform


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    Do you have a published Android app? Learn how to get your Android app to Nokia X in a portathon happening on Thursday, 27 March 2014 and Friday, 28 March 2014.

    What is Nokia X?

    Nokia X is a new, affordable family of smartphones designed to run Android apps using Nokia X services extensions. Nokia X will target emerging markets but will sell globally (excluding the US, Japan and Korea) and will open new growth opportunities for your Android apps.

    Nokia’s market-leading operator billing network – available in more than 60 markets and with more than 160 operators – powers in-app purchase and provides global reach and scale. That means better monetization for Developers.

    The Nokia X Porthathon gives you the opportunity to learn how to port your existing Android Apps to the Nokia X Platform. Get hands-on training, support and more at the event by registering to attend.

    Benefits of the Nokia X Platform

    The Nokia X Platform provides you with the following benefits and more:

    • Nokia X opens new markets to your existing apps.
    • Nokia X’s monetization tools create additional revenue streams for your apps
    • Android app compatibility
    • Develop apps for Nokia X using your existing Android SDK, toolkit and skillset
    • Nokia Developer programs provide the marketing promotion you need.

    You can find out more about the benefits of Developing for Nokia X HERE.

    Event details

    Day 1: Thursday, 27th March 2014 at IDEA Hub ( 296 Herbert Macaulay Rd, Sabo, Yaba). 9:00am to 6:00pm

    Day2: Friday, 28th March 2014 at CcHub (6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Rd, Sabo, Yaba). 9:00am to 5:30pm

    Interested? Register HERE to participate.

    About the Nokia X Portathon

    The Nokia X Portathon is organised and sponsored by Nokia in collaboration with MobileMonday Nigeria, Co-Creation Hub and iDEA Hub.

  3. DEMO Africa 2014: Launch Your Product to the Right Audience


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    Do you a product that would be ready to launch to a room full of VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe? DEMO 2014 is a great place to do this and the application window is now open. You can submit your entry HERE from now till June 15th 2014.

    This event is scheduled to take place between 22nd and 26th of September at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

    The Process:

    Submission of applications that meet the above requirements will be accepted online HERE between March 15th and June 15th 2014. As done in previous years, the application process is run in collaboration with the VC4Africa community platform.

    All the applications will be vetted by a panel of judges comprising experts in Tech and Business who will shortlist the best forty on their ability to link creativity, innovation and effectiveness.

    Are You Eligible?

    To be eligible to launch on the DEMO Africa stage, applicants MUST have a working product (not an idea) ready for market and the product must:

    • Solve a commercial problem
    • Make an impact or change the marketplace into which it is introduced or create a new market
    • Have a business plan and a management team capable of delivering the product to market
    • Make its public debut at the DEMO Africa conference
    • Must be a registered company

    Products that are not eligible include:

    • Products currently in public distribution, either as a launched product or as a highly publicized beta test;
    • Upgrades to an existing product;
    • Products entering an already saturated market category with little market differentiation;
    • Products that have been widely covered by technology and business media.

    Launch categories for DEMO Africa 2014 include:

    • Agriculture
    • Health
    • Education
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Communication
    • Transport and Logistics
    • Energy
    • Finance and Banking
    • Water and Sanitation
    • Waste Management and Recycling

    These categories have been created to allow for an all-inclusive application.

    Get in Touch

    For more information please contact:

    Mbugua Njihia| Event Director
    Office:+254 20 404 1646
    Mobile:+254 721 668 709
    Email:mbugua@demo-africa.com

    Evelyne Wangui | Project and Communication Manager
    Office:+254 20 404 1646
    Mobile:+254 726 087 451
    Email: evelyne.wangui@demo-africa.com

  4. Co-creation Hub partners with Google to Support Nigerian Female Technology Entrepreneurs


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    Here is something you probably didn’t know: Just 3% of all tech start-ups are led by women, according to a Kauffman Foundation report. Despite this, it’s interesting to learn that women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher return on investment, and, when venture-backed, bringing in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies.

    At Co-creation Hub, we encourage, support and promote active female participation in technology and technology entrepreneurship. That’s why we are excited to be part of the Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward challenge.

    What have we done so far to get more women involved in technology?

    In the last 2 years, we have hosted networking and information sessions where women, interested or already active in technology, get to learn and share their knowledge, experiences and challenges.

    In December 2012, we had our first Ladies in Tech meetup with the purpose to form a synergy amongst women in technology and discover ways to maximize available opportunities, particularly with regards to what the CcHub community can provide.

    Since then, we’ve hosted information sessions and focus group meetings with topics ranging from Starting a Startup to Overcoming Business Challenges to Leveraging Grants to Fund Your Startup.

    From these sessions, we have identified some pain points for women in technology in Nigeria. There is the struggle to succeed in a predominantly male dominated field while learning to balance business and family life. All this in addition to the challenges common to all entrepreneurs such as how to:

    • improve business and technical skills

    • learn to build great products/offer great services

    • learn to sell said products and services

    • collaborate with partners and connect with potential investors

    • finding good hands to work with

    • identify opportunities to grow their business

    Less Talk, More Action

    With all these lessons in mind, this year, we are designing a high impact program that addresses these needs, and best of all, yields results. The program will identify aspiring and existing female technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria and provide them with necessary resources and support to grow successful businesses.

    The goals of the program are to:

    • Equip potential and existing female technology entrepreneurs with the skills needed to build and grow their businesses.

    • Provide mentoring, training, and potential funding for female technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

    By so doing, we will also:

    • Increase the number of women actively involved in technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria

    • Increase networking opportunities locally for women in STEM fields in Nigeria

    • Develop a critical mass and build a steady pipeline of skilled women in STEM in Nigeria

    At the end of the program, participants will have formed teams and transformed their ideas into products and/or services fit to push to the market.

    Are you female? Do you have a startup? Do you have an idea for a startup? You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Simply enter your email address below and be one of the first to get notified about the program launch and application process.

    About Co-creation Hub

    Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) is a social innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. Our Innovation hub is Nigeria’s premier living lab designed as a space where work to catalyze creative tech ventures take place.

    About #40Forward

    #40Forward is a challenge Google for Entrepreneurs has issued to startup communities to increase participation by women by 25% this year. We’re one of forty startup communities taking new approaches to increase the representation of women in our community

    About Google for Entrepreneurs

    Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. With over 70 programs in 125 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas.

  5. Microsoft BizSpark Program for Startups


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    As part of the partnership with Microsoft 4Afrika, Co-creation Hub (CcHub) has became a BizSpark Network Partner. Thus, the Startup community of CcHub and the bigger startup community of Nigeria are invited to join the program and benefit from it to boost their businesses.

    The BizSpark program was launched in 2008 around the world to support startups by providing software, support, and visibility. Today the BizSpark network has 50,000 startups in 100+ countries, and 2500 partners.

    The BizSpark program is free and offers the following:

    • Software: Full-featured Microsoft software development tools, platform technologies, and server products to build software applications. Startups also get Windows Azure benefits enabling them to quickly build, deploy & manage web application. More info online
    • Support: Startups get access to investors, advisors and valuable offers to help run their business, find talent & obtain financing. Startups also get access to technical, product training & support.
    • Visibility: Opportunity to achieve marketing visibility to help promote their business. They can be nominated to be Featured Startups at the worldwide level and get global visibility.

    To be eligible for BizSpark, you need to meet the following criteria:

    • Have a privately held business that is less than 5 years
    • Have at least one software development project
    • Have a revenue less than $1M.

    Does your startup qualify for BizSpark? Send an email with the name of your startup and your preferred email address to developers@cchubnigeria.com and also register at www.bizspark.com to get started. 

    The duration of the program is three years. Please visit the BizSpark F.A.Q. and consult the fact sheet for additional information.

    So far, over 1000 African startups have joined BizSpark since its launch. Here are some testimonials from Nigeria, Uganda and Tunisia:

    “In addition to all the software we get for free, BizSpark saved us the budget we have been using for hosting. We deployed three instance of Linux OS on Windows Azure and we have been able to focus more on our business and stopped worrying about our server going offline and thanks to BizSpark, we don’t worry much about the cost of software or hosting. In addition to BizSpark, we are now in contact with Microsoft experts giving us the right technical support to develop our applications.”
    ~ Olufuwa Tayo, Jobs in Nigeria, NIGERIA

    “Starting a software company requires not only developers, but also good infrastructure making the whole investment too costly for a start up. access.mobile Uganda Ltd is privileged to have been among the first Ugandan companies to be enrolled into the BizSpark program in 2013. We have grown from one Solution to four, with more coming, all hosted under BizSpark and with continual support from the Microsoft experts.”
    ~ Jane Mukulu, Access Mobile Inc, UGANDA

    “BizSpark gave us access to Azure services for scalability, an easy going platform, allows to run several virtual machines with different technologies supported. The support is really reactive and provides high value advices. In addition, by being selected as a featured startups gave us visibility, exposure and credibility in front of big partners. In addition, by becoming part of the supported startups of the MIC, we benefited from trainings and events connecting us with a bigger network, locally and internationally.”
    ~ Amine Chouaieb, Chifco, TUNISIA