President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on digital media, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi and the acting Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji have commended the organiser of StartUP Friday, saying the monthly event has become the vehicle for discovering and nurturing technology startups in the country.
Dr. Olatunji who was impressed with the rich content at the event therefore asked the participating startups to imbibe the spirit of entrepreneurship. “Coming up with an idea is not enough. You need to learn the rudiment of business from established business. That is the only Nigeria can march the foreign countries in terms of development”.
On his part, Ogunlesi commended the organiser, saying, “I think it is a good thing to witness such a large gathering of startups in the ICT ecosystem in Abuja. This is a revolution”. Organized by the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary under NITDA, StartUP Friday is an event where nascent companies, irrespective of the sector and solution offering, gather to learn from selected CEOs of some of the established companies.
National Coordinator of OIIE, Bunmi Okunowo, said StartUP Friday has grown over the months from 89 participants in February to 2,210 in July, thus creating more funding opportunities, new ventures, new products and more markets for startups