Leveraging Digital to Build the Global Startup from Nigeria (Power Lunch)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hosted by Startit by Sawubona Advisory Services

Workbox 10 Ojora Close Victoria Island

The Africa Rising narrative, which put Africa on the global opportunities map seems to be whispery, if not subdued these days. African countries like Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, to mention a few, who grew on the back of strong commodity prices and domestic demand seem to be caught holding the bag, as weak attempts at economic diversification have made their economies still heavily commodity dependent.

However this is not the whole story. In the midst of perhaps the most significant economic downturn in a generation, Nigeria, a 180 million people-strong economy, who have started businesses, failed and started again, some going over this sequence a couple of times already.

Much of the narrative around entrepreneurship and enterprise development is around starting businesses primarily to create jobs in local communities. This motivation is great, even noble. However, starting businesses with the ambition for global relevance is the holy-grail. With truly global startups coming out of Nigeria, the country can sustainably be on the global map of innovation and enterprise development, be a net-exporter of innovation and innovative products and services. This attempt at essentially replicating in a unique way, the India model for startup globalization that created companies like Infosys and Tata is what will put Nigeria on the global business map and create enterprises that can significantly bridge the job creation gap. This is the way to go in inverting the current import dependency that is crippling the country’s foreign exchange market.

Leveraging Digital to Build the Global Startup from Nigeria will explore global opportunities Nigerian startups can uniquely harness to quickly scale their value propositions in a world made smaller and even smaller by digital technology. It will also provide a framework to help startups aggressively position their businesses as global players from the start. Elements of this framework will include product and service development, strategic deployment of technology, human capital sourcing, strategic alliance development, and developing keen understanding of unique opportunities in foreign markets.

The event will focus on global opportunities in technology, healthcare, business outsourcing services, education, consumer goods and infrastructure.

Attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to start a global business from Nigeria.
  • Learn how to take a local existing business and scale it, to take advantage of global opportunities.
  • Understand trend spotting and mapping of global value creating opportunities.
  • Explore how to align local competence with global opportunities using digital technology.
  • Build an understanding of how to develop strategic alliances that can give local businesses access to global markets.

Who should attend this session?

  • Startup entrepreneurs
  • Business owners
  • Investors
  • Venture capitalists
  • Private equity firms
  • Business policy makers and regulators

   Gate Fee: FREE

NOTE: This is an independently organized event. Fees and conditions may apply. Please contact event organizer for more information.

Venue & Location


10 Ojora Close
Victoria Island,

Social Media Week

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Leveraging Digital to Build the Global Startup from Nigeria (Power Lunch)

Hosted by Startit by Sawubona Advisory Services