As part of efforts to provide a platform for entrepreneurs in technology from the North to thrive through collaboration, the Startup Arewa initiative has been launched.

According to a statement by C. Oliseyenum, the initiative is targeted at establishing a community of tech lovers, tech and media entrepreneurs, as well as investors operating in the Northern part of Nigeria, to work together to create an enabling and supportive environment for wannabe technopreneurs and startups in the region.

The initiative will be launched with the Startup Arewa Tech and Media summit, which is scheduled to hold on September 18, 2018, with the theme: ‘Building a Competitive Technopreneur’.

According to the statement, the summit, which will be the first regional conference, “will see in attendance renowned tech lovers, entrepreneurs and investors from the tech and media industry to meet up, connect, share knowledge and learn from one another in order to make northern Nigeria a technological powerhouse to reckon with.

“The summit will also see the launch of the Startup Arewa news platform, Fasaha, a website that keeps readers up-to-date on the latest happenings in tech and media space in northern Nigeria.”

Highlighting the impact of technology in the North, Oliseyenum stated that “Over the years, there has been an uneven spread of technopreneurs in Nigeria, with less being concentrated in the North. However, this did not reduce their overall impact in economic growth and development.

“Northern Nigeria is gradually bridging the technological divide with the rise of passionate and experienced technopreneurs, whose vision is to make Northern Nigeria a global centre for high technology, innovation and business.”

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