SV – Links and SV – NED in Collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C. are going to be hosting the first week-long immersion program in Silicon Valley with Nigerian executives.
SV-NED Inc. facilitates the creation of business opportunities designed for Silicon Valley technology companies to bring their businesses into Nigeria. SV-NED Inc. is committed to creating economic growth that would take Nigeria from a developing country to an emerging market. Their programs are designed to reduce dependency on oil explorations and increase profitability in the technology sector and increase the feasibility of employing recent college graduates. This initiative was developed by Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi a.k.a. Mama Diaspora, a US-based Nigerian business consultant who is an accountant by training, a social entrepreneur and an ardent community activist.
SV-NED Inc.’s vision for Nigeria ahead is to facilitate programs that would improve Nigeria’s credibility with foreign investor partners globally starting with Silicon Valley business hubs. Their overall objectives are developed to direct capital outputs to encourage job creation that for millions of Nigerian youths that live in extreme poverty conditions. Assisting these individuals to join the job market with the potential of job placements through manufacturing plants, data centers, and technical support call centers for many technology companies in developing countries. This goal would directly impact the quality of life for many families while impacting the unemployment rate of 14% in Nigeria.
Recently, SV-Links and SV-NED have created a partnership to bring over 30 top Nigerian executives to participate in an immersion program on the 24th – 30th of September 2017. The participants will be exposed to different activities including visits to local startups as well as bigger companies such as HP, attending lectures by entrepreneurs and investors such as Sand Hill Angels, and overall exposure to the Valley’s environment.
The idea of the program is to expose more traditional industry thinking executives to the innovative and disruptive world of the Valley, in order to create a stronger presence of the Nigerian professional world in both Nigeria and the Bay Area. We want to promote and influence activities such as Nigerian investment in local startups in the Valley, incentivize the involvement of executives in accelerators and startups in Nigeria and have an exponential impact in the awareness between the relationship of Nigeria and the Silicon Valley. This program is designed to motivate more Nigerian executives and investors to invest in information technology that would increase the potential of technology partnerships in Nigeria.
We are grateful for the indispensable support of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, especially the Head of the Economic Section – Mr. Adebayo Idowu – for his selfless effort, which contributed in no small way to the success of the project.
Dr. Ola Hassan, a Board Member of SV-NED Inc, who was one the pioneers of Silicon Valley said – “This will be a great eye opener and open doors for the Nigerian Young Entrepreneurs in Information Technology, Agriculture and Banking.”
Otunba Ayo Oduntan, Chairman Contraco Nig Ltd and Chairman of the Advance Party Committee from Nigeria, – “Nigeria is ready to conquer the world in I.T, Banking and Agriculture”
We are very excited to host this group and see how the program will impact this relationship between the two areas. It is our first group from Nigeria, and it will certainly not be our last.