about GEN Nigeria

About GEN Nigeria

The Global Entrepreneurship Network
The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN Nigeria will help Nigerians unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures – creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world. Ranging from efforts to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs to advancing research and connecting global leaders in person, GEN Nigeria will operate across the six geo political zones with GEN coordinators. GEN Nigeria will identify effective initiatives that positively impact the societies and interventions that target the most challenging obstacles for entrepreneurs to scale their ideas and grow businesses.

The GEN Nigeria Mission

The Global Entrepreneurship Network
Expanding the number of ordinary citizens working for or starting firms around Nigeria by fully legitimizing entrepreneurial activities in Nigeria. Increasing understanding between the new and traditional elements of emerging startup communities and ecosystems including the constructive engagement of the public sector in supporting entrepreneur designed public programs. Supporting the emergence of a new class of entrepreneurs with access to research, programs and networks in Nigeria Connecting an emerging community of national startup policy advisors with a next generation network of world-class entrepreneurship research institutions in an effort to generate more robust research and data to support evidence-based policymaking and more effective entrepreneurial support programming.

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The Approach is modelled in a similar fashion to the GEN Global


Efforts to help increase the quality and quantity of data and research available to policymakers and startup community leaders to help identify best-in-class programs and policies to advance local and national entrepreneurial growth.


Programs and resources intended to help smooth the path to market for founder teams and provide entrepreneurs at all stages with the support necessary to reach the next level.


Competitions to test for the best founder teams and offer them a competitive club of global peers, communities and programs to help fast track their efforts to start or scale ventures.


Efforts to promote a more entrepreneurial culture by celebrating the successes of entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation of behind them.


Efforts to connect entrepreneurs, investors, savvy policymakers, researchers, startup community leaders and other leaders and feeders across the globe as the support, enable, start and scale new firms and entrepreneurs.

The GEN Universe


National Leadership


In each of the 160 nations that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, formal year-round GEN leadership is taking shape to guide the development of healthy national ecosystems that are born connected to leading edge research, communities and programs that deliver high impact entrepreneurial performance to the world.


GEN Nigeria aligns the major entrepreneurial ecosystem actors in one inclusive effort where all boats rise on the incoming tide of support for entrepreneurs
Alignment streamline efforts, minimizing competition, and maximizing impact
Alignment plays to the strengths of the current actors and their current roles

The Case For GEN Nigeria

Provides national leadership through:

A strong Management team that ensures GEN Nigeria is focused on outputs and has impact
A broad-based Advisory Board that includes all ecosystem voices and communities and ensures GEN Nigeria ability to streamline efforts, minimize competition, and maximize impact

Provides national leadership by:

Convening and connecting ecosystem actors
Amplifying outreach and increasing awareness
Evaluating and endorsing tried and tested programs
Serving as a source of quantifiable data and qualitative information
Acting as a hub for sharing knowledge and experience

Advisory Board Members


Hajia Aisha Abubakar

Honorable Minister of State, Investment, Trade & Industries ( Chairperson)

Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda

Director General/CEO, SMEDAN

Peter Bamkole

Enterprise Development Centre

Nneka Okekearu

Enterprise Development Centre

Mr. Akin Oyebode

Lagos State Employment Trust Fund

Mr. Collins Onuegbu

Lagos Angels Network

Alhaji UmarTukur

Finaquest Advisory

Mr. Olufunbi Falayi

Passion hub

Mrs. Bolanle Austin Peters


Mr. Arabi Muhammed Tukur

Director, Abuja Enterprise Agency

Mrs. Femi Olayebi

My World of Bags

Dr. Adewale Bakare

Director, MITI

Management Team


Mr. Olawale Anifowose

Managing Director

Mr. Olawale Ajiboye

Strategy Director

Mr. Shehu Abdulkadir

Fund Raising Executive

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