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Foundation, GE, Belgium partner to boost tech start-ups

Foundation, GE, Belgium partner to boost tech start-ups

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International not-for-profit organisation, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), through its 3D Africa programme, in partnership with GE Lagos Garage  and Belgian government have partnered to boost youth-led tech start-ups in the country.

To achieve this, the organisations  hosted a pitch and networking session in Lagos for local youth-led tech start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The event, titled: Building a viable hardware ecosystem in Nigeria, was held at the GE Lagos Garage. Pitches from youth-led technology start-ups and scale-ups were presented to the Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda, Philippe De Backer, and his Silicon Lagoon Mission delegation and guests comprised local and international entrepreneurs, investors, representatives from private-sector companies, and non-profits.

The event also featured a presentation from the prestigious Solvay Business School of Belgium about entrepreneurial projects related to student trade missions and internships.

De Backer, who was accompanied by a delegation of Belgian start-ups, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and journalists, said he was around with the mission to connect with the country’s vibrant technology start-up community, explore partnership potential, and raise awareness about digital for development opportunities in Africa’s most prominent tech hub.

Apart from the pitch presentations, participants also had the opportunity to network with players in youth-led startups and scale-ups in the technology space, entrepreneurs, investors, private sector companies and academics amongst others.

Youth for Technology Foundation/3D Africa CEO, Njideka Harry, said the session was a continuation of the organisation’s objective of equipping the next gen with the skills necessary to excel in the world of work.

“It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to enter the workforce with the skills they need to access employment or create their entrepreneurial opportunities in the fourth industrial revolution. Our programmes utilise technology to inspire youth and women in developing nations to create innovative solutions to the challenges they encounter, and we are pleased to have been able to collaborate with GE Garage for this initiative,” she said.

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