Startup leaders from across the Southsouth and Southeast will be converging on Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, later this month to position the emerging startup ecosystem in the region, DANIEL ESSIET writes.
Entrepreneurs in the Southeast have opted to grow their companies to maturity. But they cannot do it alone. They need the help and experience of peers who face similar growing pains — and they need to join forces so that problems they encounter can be quickly addressed.
To this end, Startups South 5 will, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, gather mentors and innovation leaders good at fostering ideas and startups to network and deepen connections.
The event is billed for between October 29 and November 2. It will hold at E3 Event& Banquests, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Themed: Unlocking the next 60 million people, the convener,Uche Aniche said the conference would promote entrepreneurship and help develop world-class regional startup hubs as well as highlighting the regional startup sector to global entrepreneurs, innovators and research and development teams.
The agenda would centre on experience sharing, regional goal harmonisation, startup funding options.
For him, the programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who are thinking of starting a business, those who want to scale their business or others who might want to invest in startups to come together, be inspired by each other and share new ideas.
He believes the region has all of the vital ingredients to become a global startup hub, and that what they need now is to bring them together to make it a reality.
According to him, Startup South is about driving real change across the startup sector, creating better networks, connections and collaborations with all of the players across the entrepreneurship spectrum – the startup leaders, investors, the government, research centres, universities, large corporates, and multi-nationals – to work collectively to build on the region strength.