Youth for Technology Foundation’s 3D Africa will host Silicon Lagoon, a three-day economic mission organized by startups.be and Close the Gap to Lagos, Nigeria. From March 21st and 23rd, the Silicon Lagoon mission will enable participants to discover one of the most thriving tech ecosystems in the world, learn more about business opportunities in Africa, meet local business leaders, pitch to local and international investors, and network with entrepreneurs.
During the mission, Youth for Technology Foundation 3D Africa students and team members will participate in hand-on activities such as co-creation workshops at CC Hub and NG_Hub, an interactive “Pow-Wow” at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, immersion sessions at local startups like LifeBank and Blackbit Energy, and investor sessions organized by the IFC Worldbank.
In addition, they will join networking events including an embassy reception and a garden cocktail party at TEF.
The culmination of the week will be a session in which 3D Africa, in collaboration with the GE Lagos Garage, will present “Building a Viable Hardware Ecosystem in Nigeria”, a pitch session that will feature youth-led technology start-ups and scale-ups from Nigeria and give them a chance to network with the Belgian delegation as well as local and international entrepreneurs, investors, representatives from private-sector companies, and nonprofits. In addition, the prestigious Solvay Business School of Belgium will present information about entrepreneurial projects related to student trade missions and internships. The pitch session is scheduled for Friday, March 22nd at 1:30pm to 4:00pm at Mansard Place, Bishop Aboyade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.