GEN Nigeria Programs

GEN NIGERIA PROGRAMS

Programs

CELEBRATE | INSPIRATION
Celebrate | Global Entrepreneurship Week

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Since 2010, Global Entrepreneurship Week has actively been celebrated in Nigeria - Powered by the Enterprise Development Centre, the week has engaged millions of young Nigerians with entrepreneurial events and activities.

Recognized around the world, GEW offers GEN Nigeria partners a springboard from which to launch new year-round programs and initiatives. The media attention GEW attracts each November creates the opportunity for GEN Nigeria affiliates to spotlight the founders it has helped, announce new programs and initiatives, and highlight the impact it has had during the course of the year. GEW serves as a community-building season in each nation that reaches out to the public at large to inspire more citizens to engage with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

UNDERSTAND | RESEARCH & POLICY
UNDERSTAND |Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) funded by the Kauffman Foundation is a working coalition of institutions funding research as a tool in realizing the full potential of entrepreneurship to create inclusive prosperity on a global scale. Its objectives are to develop a next generation of entrepreneurship research, share lessons and knowledge and establish open, standardized data resources. GEN Nigeria will spearhead research collaboration for entrepreneurial development in Nigeria.

GERN members undertake joint projects that map entrepreneurship ecosystems, evaluate the efficacy of entrepreneurship programs (including accelerators), and validate research methodologies (such as those that involve the use of government datasets). Through GERN, GEN Nigeria affiliates are able to connect national entrepreneurship research organizations to their global counterparts, allowing them to standardize their approaches, pool data, and leverage a wider Kauffman Foundation-led consortium of researchers. Better research results, ultimately, in stronger support programs for entrepreneurs.

SUPPORT | PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
Support | Startup Huddle

Startup Huddle is a program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Originally developed by the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Huddle is based on the notion that the best way for entrepreneurs to discover solutions to the challenges they face is through purposeful engagement with one another.

As an experiential learning opportunity, the Startup Huddle format is consistent in each location: on a given morning, one or two early-stage startup founders give a six-minute presentation of their companies to a diverse audience of peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Before presenting, the founder prepares with lessons from a Kauffman Founders School series. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute question and answer session and feedback via an audience survey.

COMPETE | FINDING FOUNDERS
Compete | Creative Business Cup

The Creative Business Cup is a world championship for entrepreneurs in the creative industries – including design, gaming, music, film, content production, architecture and more. While these industries hold great potential, creative entrepreneurs are not as prepared with the business skills necessary to take their ideas to the next level. Winners from national competitions participate in the global final during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Copenhagen, Denmark winning among other prizes a place in GEN Starters and a trip to the GEC.

The Creative Business Cup leadership are experts in the special support required by creative entrepreneurs. GEN Nigeria will organize and host CBC competition locally and offer entrepreneurs in Nigeria an opportunity to tap into this expertise and connect with this particular sub-set of entrepreneurs as well as their community of supporters. CBC provides additional support targeted to creative industries startups year round.

COMPETE | FINDING FOUNDERS
Compete | Get In The Ring

Get in the Ring brings promising entrepreneurs from around the world in contact with investors and inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs to begin the entrepreneurial journey. Created by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, global finalists face off in a boxing ring to secure an investment of up to €1,000,000. The battle takes place around the world culminating in regional and then a global final.

Get in the Ring has now been registered as a featured competition by GEN Nigeria and will run in partnership with E-lab, it will attract a wide-variety of aspiring entrepreneurs. Connecting them with GEN Nigeria affiliate enhances their ability to succeed.

COMPETE | FINDING FOUNDERS
Compete | Agro Challenge

The Agro Challenge is a world championship for innovators changing our everyday life through farm, food and lifestyle. The competition explores farming and business practices in water management, production conservation, instant data access, crop diversity, post harvest waste; increases education and training; transforms primary agricultural production into biological solutions; invents alternative uses of natural products; and revolutionizes new ways to address the importance of living healthy lifestyles.

Similar to the Creative Business Cup, the Agro Challenge provides GEN Nigeria affiliates with a competition for the agricultural sector – a vital and often overlooked market segment within the startup world – offering a means to reach this important sub-set of entrepreneurs. As the world adapts to changes in the environment, those who aspire to find practical solutions to such challenges as those mentioned above require a specialized community of supporters.

CONNECT | GLOBAL FORUMS & EVENTS
Connect | Global Entrepreneurship Congress

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world – where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders, and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. The Congress brings together more than 6,000 delegates from 150 countries to discuss economic and policy challenges around growing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

GEC is a unique opportunity for the leaders of GEN in each country to attend as a delegation to meet fellow practitioners and stay apprised of new ideas, insights and developments. The GEC which is free for registered members of GEN, also serves as GEN’s annual meeting gathering all GEN Countries and GEN’s verticals, communities and programs for a week bigger than the sum of its parts. GEN Nigeria will mobilize participation of entrepreneurs, policy makers and the enterprise community to attend annually.

Connect | GEN Nigeria Entrepreneurship and Impact Award

The GEN Nigeria Entrepreneurship and Impact will gather GEN partners and features some of the world’s startup savvy policy advisors and community leaders collaborating on smarter policies and government leadership to support new firm formation. The Entrepreneurship and Impact Awards will be a major annual event to recognize those that have established themselves in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nigeria and also serves as a learning and policy platform for entrepreneurs and Startups in Nigeria.

GEC is a unique opportunity for the leaders of GEN in each country to attend as a delegation to meet fellow practitioners and stay apprised of new ideas, insights and developments. The GEC which is free for registered members of GEN, also serves as GEN’s annual meeting gathering all GEN Countries and GEN’s verticals, communities and programs for a week bigger than the sum of its parts. GEN Nigeria will mobilize participation of entrepreneurs, policy makers and the enterprise community to attend annually.

Connect | GEN Nigeria Host Startup Nations Summit

The annual Summit is an opportunity to offer national policy advisors an international forum in which to listen to and learn from their peers from around the world who are grappling with similar domestic policy challenges in government. During the Summit, they are able to exchange information with policy leaders about cutting-edge government programs and regulatory practices aimed at increasing new firm formation and gain insight about the ways in which other national governments support entrepreneurs.

Connect | GEN Africa

GEN Africa was launched at the last GEC in Johannesburg, Nigeria will have an active role is the successful implementation and management of GEN Africa. In the near future GEN Nigeria will host Africa for a GEC Africa.

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