On November 28, 2015, the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state will play host to the biggest gathering of CEOs, Founders, Investors, Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The event is being organized by Biztorials (a Small Business Education focused project spearheaded by Havilah & Hills in collaboration with TechPoint Information Systems, FocusHub, GoldGate Media Productions, Darch Consulting, Gr8 Impact Ltd, and StartupNigeria (Media Partners) and others as media partners. The event will run under the hashtag #StartupSouth.
The StartupSouth will be a one-day educational and networking conference bringing together investors, small business owners, and their clients currently operating in the South-South and South-East Geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
Uche Aniche, the chief convener of the event, says participant to the event should expect the following:
“Startup South is the perfect opportunity for investors to discover innovative startups in the South-South and South-Eastern part of Nigeria. We believe Africans can solve Africa’s problem if they borrow a leaf from the men who built America. We need individuals to solve specific problems and become successful at solving them. Port-Harcourt is ripe for an active Angel Network, and it is high time the world knew that.”
His counterpart, Tony Balogun and also a member of the organizing team added: “#StartupSouth was born out of the need to project and explore the promise of the region (with emphasis on Port Harcourt) as the next major economic hub of the nation outside Lagos… The plan is to educate and connect people with brilliant ideas to people looking to invest in big ideas.”
Mark Essien – Founder, Hotels.ng
Aboyeji Iyinoluwa – Co-Founder, Andela
Godson Ohuruogu – Co-Founder, FocusHub, Port Harcourt’s pioneer innovation hub
Uchay Ariolu – Founder, Foodstantly
Julia Jacks – Moni Pulo
Jay Anabrabra – Co-Founder, Paga
Lexi Novitske – Prinicipal Investment Officer, Singularity Invest
Etinosa Omoregie – Boleking
#StartupSouth will also provide a pitch session, keynote sessions, panel discussions and as a wrap to the event a dinner session. There will also be an awards segment where media platforms that have shown support to small businesses will be recognized. The small businesses must be fall under the following six categories:
SmallBiz Friendly Platform of the year 2015 (TV)
SmallBiz Friendly Platform of the year 2015 (Radio)
SmallBiz Friendly Platform of the year 2015 (Print)
SmallBiz Friendly Platform of the year 2015 (Online)
SmallBiz Friendly Platform of the year 2015
SmallBiz OAP of the year
SmallBiz Journalist of the year 2015 (Print/Online)
If you are interested in participating in the #StartupSouth event, follow this link to book yourself a ticket. Early birds will have the lifetime opportunity to take part in a one-on-one networking session with the event’s speakers.